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joeenv

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About joeenv

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    environmental / chemical
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    PE
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  1. HelP! I think I will fail my PE

    For what's it worth: I agree with all the input provided on this, in other words keep calm, deep breaths, trust your preparation, etc. I was out of school for quite a while, but passed the environmental and chemical exams. Each time I went in with a feeling of uncertainty and wondering what else I should have done. For the chemical, I tried timed testing scenarios with Kaplan's and PPI's Vasquez & Zinn's practice exams, and was humbled by the results. However, I also found those experiences helpful in learning/reinforcing concepts, and was better for it when taking the actual exam. Moral of the story is trust yourself and your prep. Regardless of the result, I think you'll be better off for following through and taking the exam. Good luck!
  2. WRE vs Cheme PE exam

    I passed both the environmental exam (which i realize isn't quite the same as the civil WRE exam) and the chemical exam and have some insights/comments for what its worth: My background is in applied physical chemistry (MS) and my work experience is in environmental engineering. I took and passed the environmental exam and few years later took and passed the chemical exam. I think the environmental is more versatile,however I draw on both disciplines in environmental engineering work. With respect to the exams, I thought the environmental exam was significantly harder than the chemical exam, primarily because of the breadth of environmental topics (scenarios in water, air, remediation, health/safety, etc); I thought the chemical was relatively straightforward (know and be able to apply the concepts to the exam question scenarios). With respect to study time, I probably studied about 100 hours more for the environmental than the chemical, however I agree that there is some overlap in the knowledge areas between the two disciplines (fluid dynamics, VLE, etc.), and that may have accounted for the decreased study time for the chemical exam prep. If I had to do it over, I probably would have done the chemical exam first. I hope this helps and good luck!
  3. Get licensed in 2 disciplines?

    I work as environmental engineer in Washington, and passed both the Environmental and Chemical PE exams. For the environmental field, having both licenses is a definite plus as there is some crossover between the two disciplines. I agree with Porter that having the multiple license endorsement broadens your job potential, and am quite happy I did both (even though I had to promise my wife a Hawaii trip to get her buy-off on spending time studying for the Chemical PE!).
  4. Speeding up time to solve problems

    Hey thanks for the advice - how did you think the exam was difficulty wise compared to sample exams and content. I took the ppi course (or am about to finish it, rather) and would love to hear any feedback. In general, I thought most of the available sample exams and the PPI 6-minute solutions were more difficult than the actual test; the added difficulty of the practice exams definitely helped in preparation. I took the environmental exam several years ago, and thought the chem exam was easier overall. One tip (that has been repeated several time) is know your references and where information is in them. Do not bring any reference that you haven't used in you preparation (it will just take up space on the table or floor). Good luck on the exam!
  5. Speeding up time to solve problems

    I took the chemical exam last October (and passed). One piece of advice that is somewhat counter intuitive for a timed exam: take the time to thoroughly read the problem, and understand what is being asked; then, all your preparation work in understanding/applying concepts and working problems will (or should) kick in and help you focus on the relevant information and correct approach to solve the problem efficiently. Good luck on the exam!
  6. Hi all, I posted this in a different topic section of the forum, and though it might be helpful in this discussion as well. I found the forum advice helpful when studying for the enviro exam, and hopefully can give back a bit in advising future takers, particularily in getting an idea on pulling together reference materials. I have a background in physical chemistry with a few engineering classes as well some pratical work experience, and was fortuante enough to pass first time the Environmental PE in 2010 and the Chemical PE last October. For what’s its worth, here is a list of the main reference materials that I used for prepping and during the enviro exam: Lindeberg Environmental Engineering Reference Manual Wastewater Engineering, Metcalf and Eddy Hazardous Waste Management, LaGrega and others Air Pollution Control: A Design Approach, Cooper and Alley Practical Design Calculations for Groundwater and Soil Remediation, Kuo A few insights: It is easy to go overboard on bringing reference materials (and yes, I brought way more reference materials, and I found I didn't really need more than the references listed above). I think being very familar with a few core references (sort of a "less is more" approach), to point of where you can easily & quickly find information, is far more helpful than bringing a large number be of references that you might not be as familar with. One other insight, having a decent background/understanding of chemistry is a defintie plus (think mass transfer, phase change, basic thermo, etc.). Also I didn't take a review course, and while I think a review course can be helpful, I found making the time (and I realize how hard this can be with work, family, etc.) to simply work as many problems as possible in all the topic areas and improving understanding was what really helped in prepping for the exam. Good luck to all future test takers!
  7. Who's Taking October 2014?

    Hi all, I found the forum advice helpful when studying for the April 2010 enviro exam (Passed!), and hopefully can give back a bit in advising future takers, particularily in getting an idea on pulling together reference materials. For what’s its worth, here is a list of the main reference materials that I used for prepping and during the enviro exam: Lindeberg Environmental Engineering Reference Manual Wastewater Engineering, Metcalf and Eddy Hazardous Waste Management, LaGrega and others Air Pollution Control: A Design Approach, Cooper and Alley Practical Design Calculations for Groundwater and Soil Remediation, Kuo Admittedly, having a of a chemistry background helped (just passed the Chem E test this October), but I found I didn't really need more than the references above (and yes, I brouhgt way more reference materials than the ones listed above!). Good luck to all future test takers!
  8. Ahhhh....the day after...

    Recieved the dreaded e-mail result yesterday. Passed first time on the Chem E exam! Congratulations to all!
  9. New enviro members

    Obviously a spelling section wasn't including in the exam! joeenv
  10. New enviro members

    Hi all, New to the forum. Just wanted to say thanks for the advice. Just got April 2010 exam results: passed on the first time (Washignton State) Thanks again1 joeenv
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