The SME Professional Engineers Exam program is funded in-part by CONSOL Energy Inc. CONSOL Energy Inc. is a publicly owned Canonsburg-based producer and exporter of high-BTU bituminous thermal coal and is one of the leading energy companies in the U.S. The SME Foundation thanks CONSOL Energy Inc. for their support and generosity of the PE Exam program.
The SME Professional Engineers Exam Committee (P.E. Exam Committee) consists of three representatives from each of the SME Divisions, plus additional at-large members. It prepares problems for the Mining and Mineral Processing engineering examination for licensure as a Professional Engineer. This national exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and is offered once each year in October by most states, four territories, and the District of Columbia. The committee works under contract to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
The committee sends problems and solutions to NCEES, which formats the exam and transmits it to the individual states and other jurisdictions for administration. The committee also reviews any problems that do not perform as expected on examinations. The committee periodically conducts (under NCEES direction) a Professional Activities and Knowledge survey that determines what areas of engineering expertise should appear on the exam. The P.E. Exam Committee, working with NCEES consultants, also prepares the new Exam Specification for future exams and helps determine the initial cut-score (passing score) for the new exam.
SME is the only organization in the United States that prepares examination questions for the licensure of mining and mineral processing engineers. Without this program, there would be no state certification for engineers in mining and mineral processing and, consequently, little incentive for college students to pursue careers in our industry.