PE Review Course

Professional Engineers Review Course (CE 046)

Next Offered Winter term 2020 - Tuesdays 6 to 8:50 p.m., January 7th through March 17th- Engineering Building on the PSU campus, room TBD.

Course fee = $575; no text is required for this course.

PE Review Course Registration
Please follow this link to the online registration portal.

PE Review Course materials
The review material notes and resources will be available in an online learning platform. Access to the site will be provided to you before the first class. Questions about accessing the materials should be directed to the lead instructor, Pat McLaughlin at

About the Course
This review course is designed to help you study for the Professional Engineering (PE) Exam. The course is taught by PSU and OSU faculty and licensed professionals. The course reviews each of the exam subject areas weekly. Our course is designed to cover both the breath and depth parts of the exam. Depth review sessions are optional if you are not taking the area depth exam. This non-credit course is offered once per year in the winter term as preparation for the PE exam which is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. A sample course schedule and topics:

PE Review Course Topics: Potential Course Schedule

  • Week 1 - Structural Breadth: Structural mechanics: Dead, live, wind, seismic loading; load distribution; steel column; beam and beam column analysis/design; connectionanalysis/design.
  • Week 2 - Structural Depth: Design and Details of Structures, Codes.
  • Week 3 - Environmental Engineering - Depth: Wastewater Collection and Treatment, Water Quality, Drinking Water
  • Week 4 - Construction and Engineering Economics: Site development, safety, earthwork construction and layout, material quality control and production. 
  • Week 5 -Geotech Depth: Site characterization, field testing, earthquake engineering, earth structures, foundations.
  • Week 6 - Transportation Depth: Traffic engineering, intersection geometry, roadside and cross section, signal design, traffic control, design traffic analysis (e.g., equivalent single-axle load [ESAL]).
  • Week 7 - Geotech Breadth: Soil mechanics, properties of soils, classification, site investigations and field material testing.
  • Week 8 - Transportation Breadth: Basic circular curve elements (e.g., middle ordinate, length, chord, radius); Basic vertical curve elements, traffic volume (e.g., vehicle mix, flow, and speed).
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology Breadth: Open channel flow, stormwater collection, runoff analysis, pressure conduits, Bernoulli.
  • Week 9 - 
  • Week 10 - Water Resources: Closed conduit, pumps, open channel flow, hydrology, groundwater, water quality.
  • Week 11 - Construction Engineering: Temporary structures, project planning, scheduling.