University of Delaware - College of Engineering

Engineering Outreach
Assistant Dean and Director: Kathy Werrell
Academic Support Assistant: Nadine Neiger
Phone: (302) 831-8302
Fax: (302) 831-1468

FE Review Course

updated June 28, 2013


In Preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exams

Registration Fee: $745 (DVD format)

Register Online!

This taped review for the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, the first of a two-part examination procedure leading to registration as a professional engineer, is produced by the University of Delaware. This course also benefits those seeking a general review of engineering fundamentals and an introduction to other engineering fields, and was updated in the Spring of 2007, when NCEES revised the exam format. (Note that we understand that NCEES plans to change the FE exam format significantly in 2014. Therefore, although much of the exam content is likely to remain the same, we will only make this version of the review course available through the October 2013 exam.)

This review course is only available in this distance/DVD format. The complete set of approximately 39 hours of recorded lectures will be shipped to your home upon receipt of registration and payment, pending availability of DVDs and materials. The lectures provide an intensive review of the subjects covered on the current FE exam as follows:

Engineering Mathematics, including analytic geometry, integral calculus, matrix operations, roots of equations, vector analysis, differential equations, differential calculus.
Engineering Probability & Statistics, including measures of central tendencies and dispersions (e.g., mean, mode, standard deviation); probability distributions (e.g., discrete, continuous, normal, binomial); conditional probabilities; estimation (e.g., point, confidence intervals) for a single mean; regression and curve fitting; expected value (weighted average) in decision-making; hypothesis testing.
Engineering Economics, including discounted cash flow (e.g., equivalence, PW, equivalent annual FW, rate of return); cost (e.g., incremental, average, sunk, estimating); analyses (e.g., breakeven, benefit-cost); uncertainty (e.g., expected value and risk).
Chemistry, including nomenclature; oxidation and reduction; periodic table; states of matter; acids and bases; equations (e.g., stoichiometry); equilibrium; metals and nonmetals.
Fluid Mechanics, including flow measurement; fluid properties; fluid statics; energy, impulse, and momentum equations; pipe and other internal flow.
, including thermodynamics laws (e.g., 1st law, 2nd law); energy, heat and work; availability and reversibility; cycles; ideal gases; mixture of gases; phase changes; heat transfer; properties of enthalpy and entropy.
, including terminology (e.g., memory types, CPU, band rates, internet); spreadsheets (e.g., addresses, interpretation, "what if," copying formulas); structured programming (e.g., assignment statements, loops and branches, function calls).
Electricity and Magnetism, including charge, energy, current, voltage, power; work done in moving a charge in an electric field (relationship between voltage and work); force between charges; current and voltage laws (Kirchhoff, Ohm); equivalent circuits (series, parallel); capacitance and inductance; reactance and impedance, susceptance and admittance; AC circuits; basic complex algebra.
Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics), including resultants of force systems; centroid of area; concurrent force systems; equilibrium of rigid bodies; frames and trusses; area moments of inertia; linear motion (e.g., force, mass, acceleration momentum); angular motion (e.g., torque, inertia, acceleration, momentum); friction; mass moments of inertia; impulse and momentum applied to particles and rigid bodies; work, energy, and power as applied to particles and rigid bodies.
Ethics and Business Practices, including code of ethics (professional and technical societies); agreements and contracts; ethical versus legal; professional liability; public protection issues (e.g., licensing boards)
Strength of Materials, including shear and moment diagrams; stress types (e.g., normal, shear, bending, torsion); stress straing caused by axial loads, bending loads, torsion, and shear; deformations (e.g., axial, bending, torsion); combined stresses; columns; indeterminant analysis; plastic versus elastic deformation.
Material Properties, including properties (chemical, electrical, mechanical, physical); corrosion mechanisms and control; materials (engineered materials, ferrous metals, nonferrous metals).

The registration fee includes all handout materials, as well as the Discipline Specific FE Sample Questions book. Students also need to purchase Michael R. Lindeburg's FE Review Manual Rapid Preparation for the General Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, that can be purchased at a 15% discount on-line at ( Professional Publications).
(Copyright requires that all DVDs be returned to Engineering Outreach two weeks following the exam; e.g., due by November 11, 2013 for those who prepared for the October 26, 2013 exam.)

FE exams are scheduled each year in April and October. Students must call the office of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (302-368-6708) (or the licensing board in their respective state) to request an application for the exam, or go to: DAPE. Note that this is a national exam, so that the review course is relevant regardless of the state in which you are taking the exam.

Register Online - Upon receipt of your registration form and payment, the materials will be shipped to your home, along with the receipt.

For more information, contact EO Director Kathleen Werrell at (302) 831-4863 or by e-mail.

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