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TMS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Professional Engineer (PE) Licensing Exam Review

July 30, August 1, and 6–8, 2024

Online Course

Live Online Instruction • Various Times

Course Curriculum

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Course Structure

For this course, participants gain hours of live instruction and interaction, plus access to recorded lectures that can be viewed during the course term and again after the course as refreshers. Interactive segments allow for follow-up Q&A and discussion. Participants are strongly encouraged to review the recorded materials prior to the live instruction. Recorded materials and handouts will be available in July 2024. 

Course Outline

The TMS Metallurgical and Materials Engineering PE Licensing Exam Review Online Course will address a variety of approaches and methodologies, including design, analysis, application, and operations. This course will review the following topical areas:

  • Review of basics crystal structures, chemistry and phase diagrams
  • Physical Metallurgy
    • The Fe-C Diagram as a model phase diagram
    • Crystal structures in steel
    • Diffusion (including Fick’s first law, gradients, coefficients, atom type, and effect of T)
    • Phase transformations- diffusion- and sheer-controlled
  • Physical
    • Hardness, strength, alloying & heat treatment
    • Heat treatments for ductility, hardening
    • Surface hardening
    • Low toughness and embrittlement
  • Mechanical/States of Stress
    • Two-dimensional & three-dimensional states of stress
    • Poisson’s Ratio & relationship between elastic constraints
    • Stress-strain relations & plane strain
  • Processing
    • Basic process (raw materials, mold making, melting)
    • Process characteristics (disposable and permanent molds)
    • Product characteristics (shrinkage, distortion, porosity, allowances)
    • Cold work (recovery, recrystallization, grain growth, property changes, in process control)
  • Chemical analysis techniques, metallography
  • Performance
    • Arrhenius behavior and predicting transformation times
    • Creep and high temperature flow
    • Ductile to brittle transition
    • Using standards and specifications
  • Mechanical Behavior of Composites & Heterogeneous Material and High-Temperature Degradation
    • Various composite forms of materials
    • Elastic modules in fiber-reinforced composites
    • Composite strengthening
    • High-temperature oxidation, corrosion mechanisms (including metal dusting)
    • Creep-fracture and stress rupture
    • Radiation-induced degradation
  • Prediction
    • Fitness for service
    • Life prediction and modeling
    • Life extension
    • Application of techniques to assess remaining life for local thinning, brittle fracture, plastic collapse, and time-dependent damage
  • Testing and Analysis
    • Failure analysis (including overstress, fatigue, corrosion, embrittlement, deformation, and polymers/composites)
    • Wear mechanisms
    • Interpreting testing data
  • Corrosion Mechanisms & Environmental Compatibility
    • General, galvanic, pitting, intergranular, erosion, and microbiologically induced corrosion
    • Selective leaching
    • Environment assisted cracking
    • Hydrogen damage
    • Electrochemistry
    • Environmental testing methods
    • Environmentally assisted cracking
  • Plastics & Statistics
    • Polymers and strengthening mechanisms for polymers & reinforced polymers
    • Plastics and polymer processing, standards, and specifications
    • Statistical quality control methods
    • Industrial safety practice
  • Joining Processes/Coatings
    • Welding, soldering, brazing, bonding processes
    • Coatings (corrosion & wear resist, cosmetic)
    • Application Method (diffusion, dipping, spray, flow, chemical conversion)

This course and instructors will not provide specific exam questions, but rather cover a review of exam knowledge areas. As well as provide, practice and group work on sample problems based on the TMS PE Review Course Study Guide (sample questions). The program will help potential exam-takers identify which areas are strengths and which areas to focus their studying, saving time in the months leading up to the exam. The PE Review course instructors may utilize materials covered in the Reference Handbook provided by NCEES to illustrate example problems but will not cover the entirety of the Reference Handbook.

About the Exam

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering version of the Principals and Practice of Engineering (PE) Licensing Exam is the second part of the licensing examination’s requirement toward becoming a registered professional engineer. The first part is the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) written examination. The PE Licensing Exam is administered by state licensure boards, which are provided the test instrument by the National Council on Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The NCEES is responsible for scoring the examinations. In 2023, 68% of first-time takers passed the PE Metallurgical and Materials exam. The average pass rate for first-time takers of all PE exams in 2023 was 66%. Learn more about exam pass rates from NCEES.

The PE Metallurgical and Materials exam is computer-based and administered one day per year. Like other PE exams with small examinee populations, this is a single-day testing event similar to the current pencil-and-paper exams. Exam-takers should familiarize themselves with the exam specifications. NCEES will provide an electronic NCEES PE Metallurgical and Materials Reference Handbook during the exam. This handbook is the only reference material that can be used during the exam. Exam-takers will not be allowed to bring personal copies of any material into the exam room.

For More Information

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