NCEES Industrial and Systems PAKS Survey


This is a Professional Activities and Knowledge/Skills (PAKS) survey designed to identify the important aspects of the Professional Engineer job role as it pertains to Industrial and Systems Engineering. The PAKS survey is completed every five to seven years and determines what professional activities and knowledge are important to the profession. The PAKS is the source for identifying the content of the Principles and Practices of Industrial and Systems Engineering Examination.

This survey can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. Most questions take just seconds to answer, but will require your judgment on various subjects in Industrial and Systems Engineering. A progress bar is provided at the bottom of each page to indicate the percentage of the survey you have completed. The survey consists of the following sections:
Section 1: Background & General Information (demographic information is collected regarding the survey volunteers)
Section 2: Professional Activities (tasks and actions that describe the work-behaviors of your peers)
Section 3: Knowledge/Skills (information required to complete those work-behaviors proficiently)
Section 4: Test Content Recommendations (distribution for how the exam sections should be allocated)

Each time you click the "Next Page" button, your answers will be recorded and you will be transferred automatically to the next set of items. Upon completion of the entire survey, you will be asked to click a button marked "Submit Survey".

If you cannot finish the entire survey within one sitting, click the "Save" button. Once you have clicked "Save", the software will produce a unique URL (link) to access the survey containing your saved responses. Record this new link by copying and pasting the URL into a Word document or sending yourself an e-mail. This will allow you to return to the survey at a later time. You will return to the page you last saved. You will not be able to access prior pages when using the save feature. If you do not re-access the survey using the saved link, your responses will be lost and you will need to restart the survey from the beginning. 
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If you encounter any technical difficulties with completing the survey online or have questions regarding the survey content, you may contact us. Please be sure to identify the survey you are taking (NCEES Industrial and Systems PAKS Survey). E-mail: or Telephone: (443) 455-6260. Please leave a voice mail message. You will receive a response within 24 hours, Monday through Friday (except holidays).