The candidacy examination explores the depth of understanding of the student in his/her specialty area. The student is expected to be familiar with, and be able to use, the contemporary tools and techniques of the field and to demonstrate familiarity with the principle results and key findings.
Requests to take the test will be submitted to the ECE Assistant Department Head for Graduate Studies. Students who have earned the equivalent of 30 quarterly credits of graduate work (at Drexel University or elsewhere) with a GPA of 3.4 or better, will be deemed to have satisfactory background and be approved. A student whose request to take the test was not approved by the ECE Assistant Department Head, may appeal to the Graduate Committee.
A Candidacy test Committee must consist of at least five members for a PhD student, at least three of whom must be currently tenured or tenure track Drexel faculty members. At least two of the committee members must be from outside your primary specialization area. At least one of the committee members must be from outside the student’s department, preferably from outside the university. Members from outside the university must be approved by the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. The student's advisor can be a member of the committee but not the Chair.
The student, in consultation with his/her advisor, will declare a principal technical area. The student will propose to the committee:
Papers authored by the student while studying at Drexel University may be included. The committee will select three (3) of the submitted papers for the student's self study, or request additional paper suggestions based on its review of the student-proposed papers and the declared principal technical area.
In most cases, the self study will be a principal reference for the student's PhD dissertation; however, this is not a requirement.
Within 60 days of the selection of the self-study papers (90 days for part-time students with advisor approval), the student will submit to the committee a written report (15 pages or less) on the papers, describing their objectives, key questions and hypotheses, methodology, main results and conclusions. It is expected that the student's report will integrate the ideas of the three papers and not be a mere catalog of content. Moreover, the student must show in an appendix independent work s/he has done on at least one of the papers – such as providing a full derivation of a result, or showing meaningful examples, simulations or applications. There are no length limitations on the appendix.
The student must attest that s/he has worked on this report and the appendix individually with no material assistance from other individuals.
No later than three weeks after submitting the report, the candidate will meet with the committee for the oral Candidacy test which takes the following format:
The committee will prepare a report (using Drexel University forms D4 and form D4a). The Graduate Committee will receive an electronic copy of the reports and have 24 hours to make comments or request clarifications. The Chair of the committee will respond to Graduate Committee queries and submit the forms to the Office of Graduate Studies via the Graduate Program Coordinator by the deadline (48 hours after the exam).
As a licensed Professional Engineer, or PE, you can expect many more benefits when compared to other engineers; most employers offer higher salaries and greater opportunities for advancement to PE's. Only PE's can consult in private practice, and seal company documents to be sent to the government. PEs also have more credibility as expert witnesses in court than most engineers.
Steps in obtaining a PE license:
During your senior year you should take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, which is required prior to sitting for the Professional Engineers (PE) Exam. Some requirements vary by state.
The National Council of Examiners Administers Both Exams for Engineering and Surveying
Engineering students at Michigan Tech are encouraged to take and pass the FE examination during their last semester in college, or the first year after graduation. There will never be a time when you are better prepared to pass it than near graduation.
The examination is offered in April and October each year. Students must visit http://ncees.org/exams/ to register for the test and pay the $155.00 fee. The registration deadline is approximately two months before the test.
FE test Waiver
The FE Exam may be waived for those who have earned a BS in engineering and a PhD in engineering. See the NCEES web site for details.
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) revised General Test, introduced in August 2011, features a new test-taker friendly design and new question types. It more closely reflects the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate or business school and demonstrates that you are ready for graduate-level work. Skills are assessed in the areas of verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.
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To be eligible to take the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam, you must meet the following requirements:
For seniors ready to take the FE exam, you will still need to register for ENGR 490 the semester you plan on taking the exam. Please be mindful that if you plan on graduating in the semester you take the exam, you will need to take the test no later than prep day to allow for adequate processing time (uploading your test proof). Otherwise, this may delay your diploma.
CSE students are not required to take the FE exam.
The test will be held at any NCEES-approved testing facility year round at a testing day and time that you choose. Do not wait to sign up for an test date! If you choose to wait to sign up for the test in the middle of or later in the semester, the testing center dates will most likely be FULL! This may cause a delay, or even denial, in receiving your diploma if you are taking the test in your last semester. Yes, it is an expensive test, but isn't it more expensive to have wait an extra semester for your diploma?
Register for the exam on the NCEES website.
You may access and review the current FE Supplied Reference Manual, the same type you'll be using during the examination, on the NCEES website.
Study sessions are often organized by the student chapters of ASCE and ASME once a semester. Emails will be sent to students enrolled in ENGR 490, and flyers will be posted on the College's Facebook page. There is often a small cost in order to attend each session.
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Go to the Nevada State Board of Engineering website and apply for Engineer Intern certification. Instructions on how to apply can be found on their website.
More information about the early PE exam can be found on the Nevada State Board of Engineers website.
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The test subjects are covered in most texts for a first course in circuit analysis with active devices. Examples of suitable texts are:
The test questions will cover the following topics:
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Chemical engineering involves the production and manufacturing of products through chemical processes. This includes designing equipment, systems, and processes for refining raw materials and for mixing, compounding, and processing chemicals.
Chemical engineers translate processes developed in the lab into practical applications for the commercial production of products, and then work to maintain and Strengthen those processes. They rely on the main foundations of engineering: math, physics, and chemistry. Biology also plays an increasingly important role.
Broadly, chemical engineers conceive and design processes involved in chemical manufacturing. The main role of chemical engineers is to design and troubleshoot processes for the production of chemicals, fuels, foods, pharmaceuticals, and biologicals, to name just a few. They are most often employed by large-scale manufacturing plants to maximize productivity and product quality while minimizing costs.
Chemical engineers affect the production of almost every article manufactured on an industrial scale. Some typical tasks include:
Chemical engineers who work in business and management offices often visit research and production facilities. Interaction with other people and team collaboration are critical to the success of projects involving chemical engineering.
Chemical engineers typically work in manufacturing plants, research laboratories, or pilot plant facilities. They work around large-scale production equipment that is housed both indoors and outdoors. Accordingly, they are often required to wear personal protective equipment (e.g., hard hats, goggles, and steel-toe shoes).
Chemical engineering is most often found in large-scale manufacturing plants, where the goal is to maximize productivity and product quality while minimizing costs. The aerospace, automotive, biomedical, electronic, environmental, medical, and military industries use chemical engineering to develop and Strengthen their technical products, such as:
Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field that forms the foundation for many engineering applications by extending the current supply of materials, improving existing materials, and developing new, superior, and sustainable materials and processes. A key characteristic of the Drexel Materials undergraduate program is experiential learning integrated into the curriculum through co-op, a six-month internship program, as well as Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) linking graduate, and undergraduate project-based learning and undergraduate research with our award-winning faculty. At the graduate level, the creation of new knowledge, the pursuit of funded research, and the expert training of future leaders in academic and industrial research are fundamental to materials science and engineering.
The completion of this test is a graduation requirement for all engineering undergraduates except Computer Science majors. It is expected that you will give a good faith effort to pass. Failure to give a good faith effort to pass may result in a delay in your graduation and a requirement that you take the test again.
Exam Approval: get the application in Adobe, complete the information and electronically sign on page 2. Save it with your name (Last Name_First Name), and email it to Laurie Bonini at email@example.com. She will forward it for approval.
The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams. All examinees are required to read this document before starting the test registration process. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the current version.
Exams are offered throughout the year. However, if you fail the exam, you may only take it once during any given window and no more than three times during a 12-month period.
January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December
You must complete the test by the last day of the semester in which you plan to graduate.
Material that will be on the Fundamentals of Engineering test is different for each area of study and is listed in the following links: