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The Department of Professional Engineering

NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination
Electrical and Computer—POWER Exam Specifications
Effective Beginning with the April 2009 Examinations

• The exam is an 8-hour open-book exam. It contains 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour morning session, and 40 multiple-choice questions in the 4-hour afternoon session. Examinee works all questions.
• The exam uses both the International System of units (SI) and the US Customary System (USCS).
• The exam is developed with questions that will require a variety of approaches and methodologies, including design, analysis, and application. Some questions may require knowledge of engineering economics.
• The knowledge areas specified as examples of kinds of knowledge are not exclusive or exhaustive categories.
• The 2011 NEC will be used for 1 year after the next NEC version is issued.

I. General Power Engineering     24 Questions


A. Measurement and Instrumentation                                                                   (6 Questions)

1.  Instrument Transformers

2.  Wattmeters

3.  VOM metering

4.  Insulation testing

5.  Ground resistance testing


B. Special Applications                                                                                          (8 Questions)

1. Lightning and surge protection

2.  Reliability

3.  Illumination engineering

4.  Demand and energy management/calculations

5.  Engineering economics


C. Codes and Standards                                                                                        (10 Questions)

1.  National Electrical Code (NEC)

2.  National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

3.  Electric shock and burns


II. Circuit Analysis   16 Questions


A. Analysis                                                                                                            (9 Questions)

1.  Three-phase circuit analysis

2.  Symmetrical components

3.  Per unit Analysis

4.  Phasor diagrams


B. Devices and Power Electronic Circuits                                                             (7 Questions)

1. Battery characteristics and ratings

2. Power supplies

3. Relays, switches, and PLC's

4. Variable-speed drives


III. Rotating Machines and Electromagnetic Devices    16 Questions


A. Rotating Machines                                                                                           (10 Questions)

1.  Synchronous machines

2.  Induction machines

3.  Generator/motor applications

4.  Equivalent circuits

5.  Speed-torque characteristics

6. Motor starting


B. Electromagnetic Devices                                                                                  (6 Questions)

1. Transformers

2. Reactors

3. Testing


IV. Transmissions and Distribution  (High, Medium, and
       Low Voltage)             24 Questions


A. System Analysis                                                                                             (10 Questions)

1. Voltage drop

2. Voltage regulation

3. Power factor correction and voltage support

4. Power quality

5. Fault current analysis

6. Grounding

7. Transformer connections

8.  Transmission line models


B. Power System Performance                                                                           (6 Questions)

1. Power flow

2. Load sharing: parallel generators or transformers

3. Power system stability


C. Protection                                                                                                       (8 Questions)

1. Overcurrent Protection

2. Protective relaying

3. Protective devices (e.g., fuses, breakers, reclosers)

4. Coordination

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