Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual

PE Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual-14th Edition for CBT Exams (MERM14)

Author: Michael R. Lindeburg, PE

Edition: 14th (Fourteenth)

ISBN-13 : 978-1591266631

ISBN-10 : 1591266637

How MERM14 Can Help in Passing NCESS PE Mechanical Exam?

Michael R. Lindeburg, PE is one of the best authors who authored many books for the PE Licensure Exam. His experiences and explanations are remarkable’ trusted by thousands of professional engineers all over the world.

Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual-14th Edition (MERM14) is must have book. As you might know, from 2020 NCEES PE Exams will be administered using Computer-Based Tests(CBT’s) at approved Pearson Vue Test centers. On this exam, this is the only book you can use to ace the Mechanical PE Exam.

Focused Study

This Book aims at providing focused study you need to pass the PE exam on the first try. Of course, a comprehensive study plan still needed, but to accomplish the daily routine of study for the NCEES PE Mechanical Exam this book is the market leader and provides you the key information as well as detailed explanations.

Made for 2020’s CBT

This book is specially prepared for the CBT exam format of the NCEES. It will guide you to understand the basics as well as to solve the problem in details.  It covers various PE Exam fields: HVAC and Refrigeration, Machine Design and Materials, Thermal and Fluid Systems

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Topics Covered

  • Background and Support

To enrich your understanding and to help you during the PE exam, this section contains various basic mathematical and engineering backgrounds. Briefly in this chapter author explained engineering drawing basics, Algebra, Trigonometry, Vectors, Geometry, Calculus, Probability and Statistics; Numerical Analysis. If you are out of study for couple of years, this chapter will help you to regain your knowledge on the mentioned topics.

  • Fluids

This chapter includes knowledge related to engineering fluids; contains fluid properties, Fluid Statics, Fluid Parameters, Dynamics of fluid, Hydraulic Machines and Fluid Distribution, Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems related sections. This chapter will help you to understand the basics and contains all necessary information related to NCEES PE Exam.

  • Thermodynamics

Topics related to inorganic chemistry, Fuels, Combustion, Energy, Work, Power, Thermodynamics related topics has been discussed.

  • Power Cycles

This chapter discusses power cycles related topics. Power cycles relate to vapor power, nuclear power, combustion engine, gas compression cycles, refrigeration cycles has been discussed thoroughly.

  • Heat Transfer

Fundaments of heat transfer; natural convection, evaporation and condensation;Forced convection and Heat Exchanges; Radiation and combined heat transfer has been discussed.

  • HVAC

Psychrometrics; Cooling towers and fluid coolers; Ventilators;Fans, Ductwork and Terminal Devices; Heating and Cooling Load;Air conditioning Systems and Controls has been discussed.

  • Statics

In this chapter, determinate statics and indeterminate statics has been discussed.

  • Materials

Engineering Materials; Material Properties and Testing; Thermal Treatment of Metals; Properties of Areas; Strength of Materials; Failure Theories

  • Machine Design

Basic Machine Design; Advaned Machine Design; Pressure Vessels

  • Dynamics and Vibrations

Properties of Solid Bodies, Kinetics, Kinematics, Mechanisms and Power Transmissions; Vibrating Systems

  • Control Systems

Modelling of Engineering Systems; Analysis of Engineering Systems

  • Plant Engineering

Management Science; Instrumentation and Management;Manufacturing Processes; Materials Handling and Processing; Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems; Pollutants in the Environment; Storage and Disposition of Hazardous Materials;Testing and Sampling;Environmental Remediation; Electricity and Electrical Equipments; Illumination and Sound

  • Economics

Engineering Economic Analysis

  • Law and Ethics

Professional Services, Contracts and Engineering Law; Engineering Ethics

  • Support Materials

Codes Used

Michael R. Lindeburg, PE used all of the updated codes during publishing Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam. Standards produced by ASME, ASHRAE, ASTM, ANSI and similar organizations have been used in this book. The author believes Mechanical PE Exam is not too much code sensitive as on NCEES PE Mechanical Syllabus they did not mention any specific codes by year.

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Key Features/Positive Features of Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual

  • Easy explanation of the background information, equations, tables, figures, charts and so on.
  • Full support for CBT exams of 2020.
  • Easy to find index.
  • Over 375 clarifying problems that will help you to understand and master the problem-solving technique for the Mechanical PE Exam.
  • 120 appendices are there to provide you the best support material you can get during the exam.
  • Only this book can be followed during the exam time. So, it’s a must have book.
  • Covers all three disciplines for the Mechanical PE Exam: HVAC and Refrigeration, Machine Design and Materials, Thermal and Fluid Systems.
  • Equal support for both SI and US Customary units.


The author added around 190 pages from its older versions. Still, it seems it is not too much updated especially for the machine design and materials section. This is because NCEES did not change codes or syllabus a lot.

So, if you own the 13th edition of MERM, you can still use that one for home practice. But keep in mind, in the exam you will be given a computerized copy of the 14th edition. So, if you do not want to surprise yourself in the exam, you should purchase this book. If you own the 13th edition of the Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, then buying a used copy of the 14th edition is suggested to save some bucks.

Not Taking PE Exam?

This book is a good reference book that combines all of the needed information for any mechanical engineer. Even though you are not taking the PE Exam, still this book would be a lifetime asset if you are working in the mechanical engineering field.