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  4. NOTE: This is a long post for those who can't afford the thousands of dollars on classes and does not have their employer reimbursing any of the cost for preparing for this exam. Briefly on my background, I graduated from a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and a MS in Petroleum Engineering in 2011. Based on practice, I have been working in the petroleum industry but in areas of downhole vibrations management and modeling, finite element analysis, tubular design, product development and manufacturing of downhole drilling tools. When I decided to take the PE exam, I considered PE Petroleum but it was too broad and it was not in my area of practice. So it was PE Mechanical - MDM I settled for. Because I had other commitments (my PhD. program) that I needed to shift my full focus to after the PE exams, there was not going to be a 2nd try for me. Preparation timeframe: Since I needed to review my Mechanical Engineering books after 11 years, I used 5.5 months (December 2017 to April 2018) for preparation. However, your own timeframe will depend on how current your level of knowledge on Machine Design and Materials. I believe 4 months is sufficient too. I don't know how much time you have to dedicate to study, but I studied between 12am and 4am every day. Though, I had to show up at work by 9am. The self-study path is hard if this is what you want to do, but it can be highly rewarding. Resources and references: The listed resources and references were all used in preparing for and during the exam. Do not take any references you have not used in preparation to the exam, it will slow you down when searching through it for the first time. Also, you have to determine what topics you will read from which reference. 1. PE Exam Specification: This may sound funny, I had this as the first pages in my folders because I wanted to structure my print outs, tables, solved questions in the same order of topics listed in the PE Exam Specification and also made sure I could keep it in front of me at all times. 2. The Trilogy (MERM 13th Ed. by Michael R. Lindeburg PE; Mechanical PE Exam Review: Machine Design and Materials by Dr. Timothy C. Kennedy; Engineering Pro Guides Machine Design & Materials PE Technical Study Guide by Justin Kauwale, P.E.). These 3 books gave me depth for most of the topics on the exam. I must commend the author of Engineering Pro Guides (EPG) on the effort he put into the study guide, it was what made me feel I could pass this exam on my 1st try. I used it as my baseline because the topics were structured in the same order as the PE Exam Specification. For every topic, I read the EPG study guide first, then I would read the MERM next and conclude the same topic with Kennedy's review. Obviously, MERM doesn't cover all topics in the PE Exam Specification e.g. Basic Engineering Practice (except for Engineering Economics) and Supporting Knowledge topics. Also, try to read the extra materials recommended within the EPG study guide. 3. Shigley's Mechanical Engineering Design, 10th Ed. by Richard G Budynas, Keith J Nisbett. I can't stress enough how this book boosted my confidence. I never wanted to read or look into this book but I would have regretted.. I picked up Shigley 2 months before the exams after completing the 1st pass on the PE exam specification and read a lot of posts on EB on how important it is. Interestingly, I used this book to solidify my knowledge on important topics on the Mechanical Components section (Bearings, Gears, Springs, Belt, pulley and chain drives, Clutches and brakes, Power screws, Shafts and keys), Joints and Fasteners section (Welding, Bolts, screws, rivets and Adhesives), Supportive Knowledge section (Fits and tolerances, Computational methods (FEA, CAE), GD&T), Strength of Materials section and some of Material Properties section. Please get this book. I think I went over the topics I listed over 3 times. 4. Machinery's Handbook by Erik Oberg. EPG's study guide made me get this book because of the look-up type of questions e.g. welding symbols, hardness vs. ultimate strength, surface roughness, fits and tolerances etc. I also used this book for calculations on thick/thin walled vessel questions. If you can't afford to buy this book, you can still get the information from online resources, MERM, Shigley or Kennedy's Review. Though, it is a useful resource for mechanical design engineers. 5. Engineering Drawing and Design by David A Madsen and David P. Madsen. I picked up this book towards the end of my self-study, though I had it in my library. It came in handy for Basic Engineering Practice section (welding symbols, surface roughness, interpretation of technical drawings) and Supporting Knowledge (manufacturing processes). As I said earlier, you can find the information I got from this book from somewhere else. However, ensure you depth in the Basic Engineering Practice and Supportive Knowledge questions. 6. Engineering Unit Conversions, 4th Ed by Michael R. Lindeburg PE (Author). Life saver right here. Don't make the mistake on depending on the unit conversions in the MERM, those are not sufficient. Problems on the PE exam required about 3-4 steps of unit conversions that I couldn't have done without this book. I used it a lot during preparation too. 7. A Dictionary of Mechanical Engineering (Oxford Quick Reference) 1st Edition by Tony Atkins and Marcel Escudier. There was so much buzz about buying this book, so I jumped on the bandwagon. Though it's cheap but I didn't find it useful, probably because I had a depth of the information here from other sources. I tried to use it on the exam for a question I had no clue of, I ended up with the wrong answer. 8. MERM Instructional Companion Videos. Someone on the EB talked about watching this video, so I joined the bandwagon again. I really benefitted from these videos. It solidified my statics and dynamics knowledge on different concepts, such as: friction/impending motion, rigid body kinetic, sliding/tipping of a block etc. 9. Good book on engineering statistics/quality control (QA/QC). I will leave this up to you to find a good book on engineering statistics (e.g. confidence intervals etc.). The reference I took into the exam was not helpful and I ended up struggling on those type of questions. However, EPG's study guide helped me with preparing and provided answers to questions on quality control (QA/QC). 10. FE Reference Handbook 9.5. Take this book as a backup. I had some questions whose solution and equations were in this book. 11. Practice Problems and Exams. I don't think you can pass the Mechanical - MDM PE exam without solving practice questions and exams. I started solving practice problems right when I started preparing for the exams to solidify my knowledge on concepts and methods of solution. The practice exams I got (which I want to sell right now) are: NCEES PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials Practice Exam NCEES PE Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Systems and Materials Practice Exam Machine Design and Materials Six-Minute Problems, 2nd Edition by Harriet G. Cooke PE Mechanical PE Practice Examination, 3rd Edition by Michael R. Lindeburg PE Mechanical PE Machine Design & Materials Full Exam by Engineering ProGuide Preparation Strategies: 1. Start preparing early, especially if you have left the books for a long time. I would recommend starting with the topic that you really enjoyed while in college. Mine was Statics and Dynamics. This helped me ease into my preparation. 2. Customize your study guide and be organized. A good way to keep tab of your preparation progress is to have the PE exam specification always by your side and customize your study guide using the PE exam specification. A typical example my customized study guide was to list references beside the topic: Topic References E.g. Statics EPG Study Guide, MERM, Kennedy's Review, Practice Problems E.g. Shaft and Keys EPG Study Guide, MERM, Kennedy's Review, Shigley, Practice Problems 3. Tab, Tab, Tab. Your study materials needs to be organized using tabs to bookmark topics and concepts in all your main books. I started tabbing my books 4 weeks before exam date. As shown in the attached figure, you will see that most of my reference materials were heavily tabbed. 4. Start solving practice problems as early as possible. I solved at least 10 practice problems with different difficulty levels after completing my reading on every topic. 5. Study buddy. I didn't have a study buddy during my preparation. I don't think it's necessary but if you have one, great for you to keep each other accountable and focused. If you want the "green" pass enough, you stay committed to your study plan, you don't need a study buddy. 6. Go-to Folder. I created a go-to folder that had bits of information on every topic especially useful formulas, charts and tables, important calculations etc. Instead of opening the big books, I used the go-to folder. 7. Special topics. On special topics like Vibrations, I would recommend reading the EPG study guide (and the referenced documents in the book), MERM and Kennedy's review. If you still don't feel confident on vibrations, I can recommend some references to you. On Hydraulic and pneumatic components, I used all the reference documents recommended within EPG study guide and MERM (ch. 15-19). 8. Question bank. All the practice problems and exams I solved (about 400 questions) were neatly organized in a folder and tabbed in the same order as the MDM exam specification 9. Practice Exams. When is the best time to start solving practice examinations? Which practice questions closely represents the actual exam? I started solving practice exams as soon as I finished my 1st pass on the exam specifications, which was approximately 2 months before the exam. Practice examinations have different levels of difficulty and not one of them closely represents the actual exam, not even the NCEES Practice Exam. You need all practice exams (4-5) to simulate different levels of difficulty of the actual exam. However, don't be discouraged by your performance on PPI's practice exams, they probably have the highest level of difficulty. 10. Develop mental strength. Self study requires mental strength to stay focused in the midst of months of studying academic and technical materials, failing practice problems without giving up and keep grinding until the exam day. 11. Summary: 1 Complete 1st pass on exam specification with practice problems; 2 months from exam date 2 Start 1st pass on all practice exams/2nd pass on exam specification 2 months from exam date 3 Start study on weak areas identified in practice exams/2nd pass on all practice exams 1 month from exam date 4 Start 3rd pass on these practice exams: NCEES PE Mechanical: Machine Design and Materials Practice Exam; NCEES PE Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Systems and Materials Practice Exam; Mechanical PE Machine Design & Materials Full Exam by Engineering ProGuide 1 week from exam date Examination Strategies: 1. At this point, all reference textbooks have been tabbed. Tab all the important sections in all the books you will be referring to during exams. 2. Identify the reference textbooks that will be on your exam table and which ones will be in your bag/box beside you in the exam. Books on the exam table will be used for your 1st pass through the exam. For me, the books on my table were: MERM, Kennedy's review, Shigley, go-to folder, Engineering unit conversion and my question bank. 3. Pack up only the books you used and referred to in your preparation. I used a rolling duffel bag to carry my books; though, other examinees used milk crates, card boxes etc. Use what works for you. 4. Stay in a hotel close to exam venue the night before, if you can afford it. This relaxes you especially when you won't be driving a long distance to exam venue. You don't want to be caught in traffic going to the exam. 5. I drove to the exam venue the evening before exams just to survey the exam classes, environment and parking situation. This helped me figure where to park and how to pay for parking. 6. Don't try to solve problems or read PE related material the night before exams. I tried it and didn't get anywhere with it. 7. Get ear plugs to block out all the distracting noise from examinees throwing books around but don't block out proctors important instructions. I wish my ear plugs could block out the table shaking from the lady sitting beside me. It felt like the Hulk whenever she tried to erase wrong answers. 8. Time management is critical to passing this exam. I predetermined to solve 15 questions in 1 hour 30 minutes. So, I checked my progress after every one and a half hour. Practice this during your practice exams. 9. Begin with a 1st pass through the exams using the reference textbooks on your table. For me, morning session flowed fairly easy except for 2-3 questions I knew nothing about. I worked problems 1-20 and will skip to the back to work 40-21 backwards. I did this just to get rid of tension and see if there are less difficult problems on the back of the exams. Same thing was done during the afternoon session except that I was unsure of close to 8 questions, out of which I guessed about 3. 10. On the 2nd pass through the exams, try to use the books left in your bag/book case in attempting the questions you are find difficult or not sure of. I believe you can pass this exam through self-study with some of these ideas. Please drop any questions you have regarding the exams. I am also working on a custom study guide for anyone who needs a study plan. All the best.
  5. Ashar Saeed

    Civil Construction - EET Can't be beat!

    Can I buy that binder? Have literally no time to attend class because of the job.
  6. Frustrated Engineer

    PE Water Resources Study Schedule

    Hello everyone! I am planning on taking the PE Civil Water Resources Depth this fall. I was wondering if anyone has a study schedule that they found or made that you could share with me? I've been looking all over and can't really find much. If I don't end up getting anything then I will attempt to make my own, but I'm not the best in making good study schedules. Any help is very much appreciated! Thank you!
  7. canadagoose

    Salary & Home Affordability by State

    Arizona's average?
  8. Like say if one guy changes careers and becomes a mechanic or something and then he knows hot mechanic chicks and then I dunno sets you up maybe.
  9. KOKOMO777

    EET Advice

    Thanks for Sharing. I am still debating about signing up for the EET course. I have already spent too much money on SOPE.
  10. Mithrandir918

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    The lack of sympathy and ignorance of this comment is what is hilarious. Everyone has their own struggles with this exam that is not merely the test questions. i would say that those few that passed the exam this round are the only ones that have the right to judge the difficulty of the exam as displayed by the passing rates.
  11. deviationz

    April 2018 SE Exam Results

    Background - Structural engineer with 12+ years of experience. I first took my structural 1 in 2010 and passed first try. I only took the SE exam this past April and passed both of them. I must admit that my experience probably helped me through the afternoon problems on both days. I agree with many that the test is pretty difficult and you have to be on your A game for 16 brutal hours. However, I do not think that the questions on the test were as ridiculous as people above are claiming it to be. I think they were fair to the most part. There were certainly many curve balls and problems intended to lure you into the wrong answer. However, as a practicing engineer, you should be trained to pick those up. The test is designed to drill down into the nitty-gritty in the codes. Unfortunately for many of us, we only utilize 30-40% of the code to design 80-85% of our day-to-day problems. However, the test is designed to check your knowledge on 100% of the code, meaning any question from a code is fair game. There is no way other than going through the codes in its entirety and not skip on topics thinking you will get lucky. I believe most of all the problems were code-related and didn't require knowing some obscure material. If you spent time trying to invent a method to solve the problem, you are already on the wrong path. You need to have a very good understanding of statics, load paths, design principles to pass this test. This test cannot be passed by going through the SERM one time, period! You need to review multiple resources, especially on topics you don't design/detail on a daily basis. I would suggest spending a lot of time sharpening your analysis skills (I used the problems on www.mathalino.com as a resource). Create cheat sheets, write down formulas as you work out problems every time so that the formulas just end up getting memorized. Don't tab your books until 2 weeks before the exam. The goal is to know the material by flipping to it every time so that you know exactly where to find it without relying too much on tabs. Many of us work in firms where you are not exposed to all different types of materials, structural systems etc. It is up to each one of us to plug the gaps. In my case, I had a lot of brushing up to do on wood design because I personally don't care much for wood. I had to re-learn the concrete code because I took the test in 2010, I did it with ACI 318-05 and to date know where to find things in that code. ACI 318-14 was a difficult adjustment. AASHTO was a bear as well. Do not skip studying AASHTO if you are a building engineer. It's likely that a straight-forward code lookup from AASHTO might cover you for a curve ball from ACI/AISC/ASCE etc. The David Connor book was a blessing to help go through the code sections in AASHTO. My strategy was to work out all the building problems first and then do the bridge problems last. Put the AASHTO index on the front of the code to make looking up easier. It is critical to know how to analyze problems without the use of a computer, which we use indiscriminately at work. There are many analysis aids, force/moment/deflection formulas available as resources and you should familiarize yourselves with it. I cannot stress the importance of knowing how to shortcut into an answer by using these design aids. Time is always going to be an issue. Work out as many problems as possible in its entirety, don't skip steps or look at the solutions, no matter whether it takes you 20 minutes to solve it the first time. Your knowledge of flipping through the codes and reference material to solve the problem is invaluable. Practice, practice, practice - that's the only thing that will help you cut down on the time to solve a problem. The only way to know what you are tripping up is to work the problems out and cement your understanding of how to approach it.
  12. ksyfullah07

    Hello Engineer Boards!!!

    Hello Engineers, I am delighted that I got the chance to say Hi to all of yours. I am Khaled Syfullah, a govt. engineer from Bangladesh and currently working Public Works Department(PWD) of Bangladesh as Assistant Engineer. I am a Civil Engineering graduate from KUET. Recently I got Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program to study Infrastructure Management at Yokohama National University, Japan and will enroll in the program this October. In future, I want to complete my PE Civil licensure and kfor sure I will complete my PhD in Construction Management. Thanks to Everyone.
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  14. staringatmonitor

    CA April 2018 Seismic Results are in !!!

    Hi @CAPLS I am just wondering why CA board assigns a quarter after they initially approve someone, instead of letting them schedule a date on Prometric's site based on availability anytime of a year?..Thanks!
  15. Rai

    EET Advice

    I took EET On Demand for both Breadth and Depth (Transportation) and passed on the 1st try this past April. I don't have a background in civil engineering, so both courses gave me a firm civil foundation...as with the 15-20 hours a week of study I did starting Nov 2017. I gave myself 2.5 months each for both sections and I took off two weeks before the exam to fully study and prep/tab my resources. The Transportation Depth had a few problem solving sessions during the week that helped me to understand the material better. I used both binders for the majority of the test. I also bought all the references. The Depth portion was more like 85%. The other 15% came from my references because those were look up...even from the obscure ones like the Pedestrian Facilities Guide. I recognized everything on the test and If I didn't understand the question, I knew where to look (binders/references). If you're taking transportation, I'd recommend buying all the references. It could be the difference between losing a question or not. For example, there was a curb ramp question regarding max cross slope. At my job we use the ADA %, but I checked the ped guide and found that it was the min value. I wouldn't have gotten it wrong if I didn't have that reference. If you work for a State DOT or know someone who does they should be able to get you AASHTO and TRB references using their discount.
  16. NY-Computer-Engineer

    PE exam by engineer from Canada?

    I know that New York accepts Canadian applicants (I've seen licenses issued to people form both Ontario and Quebec) , so I assume most US States would allow it. In general, the States I have worked with for 'other' licenses tend to be most amenable to "connected" States and Canadian provinces. I just took a quick look at the map, and appears Montana is the closest one to you, so I would try there first. I have also heard the Washington State has a number of people licensed from Canada as a whole.
  17. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Format for writing qualifying experience for Civil PE

    I'm not sure if it will help, but if the CA Board is anything like the NY Board, then the liberal use of the words 'Engineered' and 'Engineering' in as many of the statement as possible tends to get better acceptance.
  18. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Get approved for P.E. exam

    I had tried that one at first, but as with you, I only got a the canned response. I did some Google research and came up with the 'engineer' Email, which worked out much better in getting action - though somewhat delayed. All the responses I got back from that Email seemed to come from the same woman who included her name in the responses - I forget now if it was Angie, Ariel or April, but definitely a name similar to that.
  19. NY-Computer-Engineer

    PE Experience Wording/Description

    Don't get me wrong, I'm sure yours will be fine if you spent that much time researching and preparing. It's just that nearly everyone I work with had theirs kicked back for the way they worded the project descriptions, which is why I did exactly as you have indicated. It seems that the use of 'Engineered' and 'Engineering' in the majority of the descriptions was very important. In every case, my co-workers recanted to me, all it took was rewording a little to correct the push-back.
  20. wilheldp_PE

    Home Improvement/Repair Questions

    Not really home improvement, but I hung some new artwork today. It's an artist name Pawel Kuczynski.
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  22. PB&Jelly

    Get approved for P.E. exam

    I used the online form you fill out and got a generic response from OPUNIT1@nysed.gov saying the board is reviewing. Are they the same division?
  23. PB&Jelly

    PE Experience Wording/Description

    I would be shocked if they had a question about my experience since I already submitted it. I researched how others worded everything and I was very deliberate, correlative and detailed in my descriptions which I also organized into projects like you.
  24. NY-Computer-Engineer

    PE Experience Wording/Description

    Sorry if I'm late in responding to your inquiry, but just in case they caome back to you with questions about your experience, below is an example of just one entry I made on my application for 'pe-4': I know in my case the experienced I outline referred to Computer Engineering, however I think the format of how I wording my experience might be helpful.
  25. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Get approved for P.E. exam

    I wrote to Engineer@nysed.gov
  26. Ramnares P.E.

    mechanical study material

    Moving this to the General mechanical session
  27. PB&Jelly

    Get approved for P.E. exam

    Which email address do you write to?
  28. Hi! I am already PE in CA and for work reasons I need to get licensure in NY State. Does anyone can give me advise on Work experience requirement? Part of my experience is out of US and I was wondering if this will count towards the NY Board requirement. I don't see any mention to this case on the NYS Board website. Any advice on the application process would be very appreciate too! Thanks!
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