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Overview of the Mechanical PE Exam

What is the PE exam? What does the exam entail? What to expect?

Most important step in an engineer's career

The professional engineering license is one of the most important steps in an engineers career. It allows the individual to legally practice engineering in the state of licensure. This credential can also help the engineer to obtain higher compensation and provide the first step in developing a credible reputation.

Must meet requirements to become licenesed.

But in order to obtain this license, the engineer must first meet the qualifications as required by the state of wanted licensure, including working a minimum amount of years under a registered professional engineer. These engineers must serve as references on the application. The state licensing board for the exact amount of years and references required should be contacted. The engineer must also have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Finally, the engineer must pass the Professional Engineering or PE Exam in his or her discipline.


  • Obtain certification as an Engineer in Training (EIT)
  • Meet minimum work experience [2 to 4 years depending on state of licensure]
  • Register for exam with NCEES at http://www.ncees.org/

    How to Register for NCEES Exam.
  • Complete State application
  • Last step, PASS P.E. EXAM

Exams offered in April and October

NCEES Exam Schedule

8 Hour Exam, Morning (Breadth) and Afternoon (Depth) Sessions

The exam consists of two 4-hour sessions, a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session is a breadth session consisting of questions from topics including but not limited to:

  • Basic Engineering Practice
  • Mechanical Systems and Materials
  • Hydraulics and Fluids
  • Energy/Power Systems
  • HVAC Refrigeration

The HVAC and Refrigeration afternoon session is a depth session consisting of questions from topics including but not limited to:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Psychrometrics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Fluids
  • Energy Balances
  • HVAC/R Equipment and Components
  • HVAC/R Systems
  • HVAC/R Support Knowledge
NCEES HVAC and Refrigeration Exam Topics

NCEES Thermal and Fluids Exam Topics

NCEES Mechanical Systems and Materials Exam Topics



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