Prepare for the nuclear PE exam with online modules and a practice exam

July 23, 2021, 9:41AMUpdated July 23, 2021, 9:31AMANS News

The next opportunity to earn professional engineer (P.E.) licensure in nuclear engineering is this fall. Now is the time to sign up and begin studying with the help of a new online module program from the American Nuclear Society.

“Licensure is the mark of a professional,” Joshua Vajda, chair of the ANS Professional Engineering Examination Committee (PEEC), told ANS News. “It’s a standard recognized by employers and their clients, by governments, and by the public as an assurance of dedication, skill, and quality,” he added.“It not only enhances your stature, it shows commitment to the profession and demonstrates heightened leadership and management skills.”

To earn a P.E. license in nuclear engineering, an engineer must have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and gained the requisite work experience (typically four years), and then must pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam in nuclear engineering. The PE exam is developed by the PEEC in cooperation with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

The next nuclear engineering PE exam will be conducted nationwide in October, and registration is now open. The deadline to register varies by state, but applications are generally required by June. You can access your state requirements through links provided on the NCEES website or the website of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

PEEC volunteers have developed a new study aid to help prepare engineers who are interested in becoming licensed in nuclear engineering. The PE Nuclear Exam Preparation Module Program is a comprehensive study resource. The video-based online program replaces and expands upon the nuclear engineering PE exam study workshop formerly held each June at the ANS Annual Meeting. Each module presents content that follows a list of learning objectives and is aligned with the nuclear engineering PE exam specifications.

The modules are currently available for purchase from ANS: Specification Area 1: “Nuclear Power Systems,” which covers steam, fluids, pumps, probabilistic risk analysis, and heat exchangers; Specification Area 2: “Nuclear Fuel Cycle”; Specification Area 3: “Interaction of Radiation with Matter”; Specification Area 4: “Nuclear Criticality/Kinetics/Neutronics”; and a General Knowledge area, which provides an introduction, general information, and science background material.

For more information about the nuclear engineering PE exam, visit the PEEC page and the NCEES page on the nuclear PE exam. The ANS module program is available for purchase here. Exam takers may also be interested in ANS's Study Guide for the Professional Engineering Examination In Nuclear Engineering, which is available for purchase.

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