Teaching an Electrical and Computer Engineering PE Exam Review Course

If you are teaching an Electrical PE review course without the benefit of recent, first-hand exam experience, you can use the material in the Electrical Engineering Reference Manual as a guide to prepare your lectures. Effective with the April 2002 exam administration, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E/CE) exam is in a breadth and depth format and all questions are multiple choice. The new 6th edition Electrical Engineering Reference Manual has been updated to reflect the new exam format.

The emphasis to be given to any exam topic can be deduced from the approximate percentage of problems on the exam (see Table 2 in the book) and the depth of coverage provided in the book.

Use the formulas, illustrations, and tables of data in the text to minimize chalkboard time. Avoid proofs and emphasize problem solution. The greater the number of problems solved, the higher the chances of success on the exam.

The practice problems in the companion volume Practice Problems for the Electrical and Computer Engineering PE Exam span the spectrum from quick-answer to in-depth probing of knowledge. The format is similar to that used on the exam. The quick-answer questions, which are given first in each chapter, are meant to ensure understanding of fundamentals and can be used for this purpose during review sessions. The more in-depth problems can be used as homework or timed questions.

The following is the suggested format for a 12-week Electrical PE review course.

Typical PE Review Course Format - Electrical

Electrical and Electronics Reference Manual for the Electrical and Computer PE Exam Electrical and Electronics Practice Problems for the Electrical and Computer PE Exam
meetingsubjects coveredbook chapters
1 Introduction, Engineering Economics, Computer Mathematics 13, 66, 70
2 DC Fundamentals 26
3 AC Fundamentals 27
4 Linear Circuit Analysis 29
5 Transient Analysis, Bode Plots 30-32
6 Electronic Fundamentals 43
7 Amplifiers and Wave Shaping 44, 45
8 Digital Logic and Design 49, 50
9 Synchronous Sequential Networks, Digital Systems, Computers 48, 51, 55
10 Three-Phase Systems, Transformers, Rotating Machinery 34, 28, 36, 39, 40
11 Instrumentation, Communication 42, 57-61
12 National Electric Code, Miscellaneous Topics and Review 65

There are many other ways to organize a PE exam review course depending on the available time, budget, intended audience, facilities, and enthusiasm. However, all good course formats have the same result: the students struggle with the workload during the course, and then they breeze through the examination.


Instructor's Corner: Teaching a Electrical PE Exam Review Course