NCEES Seeks Professional Activities and Knowledge Study Participants

By Michael Behnke

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is seeking licensed electrical and computer engineers to participate in a Professional Activities and Knowledge Study, or PAKS, for the Electrical and Computer PE exam.  The PAKS process, conducted approximately every seven years, ensures that the specifications for the three exam modules (Computer, Electrical & Electronics and Power) remain relevant to current practice.

A critical element of the study is the identification of the knowledge areas, skills and abilities that a licensed engineer with four to six years of professional experience needs in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  This is achieved via an online survey of licensed, practicing engineers representing a broad cross section of the profession ” industry, academia, consulting and government.  The survey results are then used to develop the examination specifications.

Please take a moment to help steer the content of future Electrical and Computer PE examinations in the right direction.  The survey can be completed in approximately 20 minutes, and most questions take just seconds to answer.  For access to the online survey, visit  Responses must be received by 7 August 2015.

Michael Behnke, P.E., is Chairman of the IEEE-USA Licensure & Registration Committee.

Steven Barrett, P.E., Ph.D. is Chairman of the NCEES Electrical & Computer PE Exam Committee. 


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IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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