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  1. I took the School of PE for SE lateral for the last round in April. I failed the first time I took the test with no prep course, then used School of PE on my 2nd try and passed. I have also heard good things about EET but have no personal experience.
  2. I think something that should clarify my statement, if you have not taken the SE exam but work in structural engineering I think this would be perfectly appropriate: John Doe, PE Structural Engineer XXXXX Firm In fact before my PE I often put my name, EI then "Project Structural Engineer" below. My state allows the use of the term "engineer" for anyone who has an ABET BS degree in engineering, but even that can be a state by state difference - in some you must be a licensed PE to use the term. What I don't think would be allowable is this: John Doe, PE, SE XXXXXX Firm The "SE" designation after the name is commonly understood to mean the test and associated license, and I think invites inquiry. I agree, sometimes it can seem illogical or overly anal regulating these designations but until all the states get on board with passing legislation to normalize all the language, it is what we have to deal with.
  3. I would definitely not go that far. Putting an SE next to one's name without taking the test could easily be construed as misrepresenting your qualifications as having passed and could open you to board action. Once you have passed the test that may be ok, but I'm waiting until I at least have a license in a roster state or MLSE designation from NCEES before I put SE on anything.
  4. I had a very similar experience OMWP, I was able to pass PE structural and SE vertical bridges on my own first try without too much issue, but after taking and failing the SE Lateral with mid 20s morning and A,A, NI for afternoon I decided to do a review course - school of PE and just passed lateral bridges. I had pretty much the same references as you BSE. I did think the class really helped on my morning, then I tried to come up with and solve my own afternoon ones as practice after my first go, but there were still surprises. PM me for more in depth discussion due to NCEES CA.
  5. I've posted before on this, and a word of warning - you may want to think about future comity/reciprocity which can be problematic. Some state laws require that you complete the 4 years of experience prior to the test, and it could go to the point of making you retake the tests if you wanted to get registered in them.
  6. I'm still just confused as to why I have to send it to a state in order for them to look at my record. I have transmitted it twice in the last year so everything is up to date except passing my SE, all they need to do is look at it to add a designation for which I was even willing to pay them. Anyway, guess I will just get another license. Maybe my firm will find some work in Nebraska.
  7. I have had an NCEES record as a PE for a few years, so just need to update a reference then yes, should be good.
  8. I'm looking at this now as well, as apparently I can't just have NCEES review my record to add MLSE, I have to send it to a state first. I offered to just pay them the same transmittal fee to just look at my record, but they were not super helpful. Looking at Nebraska now. TehMighty, did you have to do an interview with IL? One of my coworkers applied and actually had to do an in person just because he didn't sit for the exam in Chicago. It was 10 years ago so hopefully would have changed, but still...
  9. Update: school of PE, passed lateral bridges.
  10. Assistant may not be necessary if your work will help cover some of the cost and let you do the MS with flex time. Also, from personal experience the earlier you do it the easier it is. You are more used to studying and have fewer demands on your time - kids, more job responsibilities, house, professional orgs, etc. I know a number of people who waited and now are still working on it 5 or 10 years later, whereas I worked full time and did one class at a time and finished in 2.5 years right after my BS, it just sucked a bit. I would never be able to do it now. As someone who works in transportation (bridge design) what is driving you towards the MS? I will say almost all structural and geotechnical I know have it, but none of the roadway engineers. It would definitely set you apart
  11. I worked with someone who graduated with Aerospace/Mechanical in a Structural capacity right out of school and it went well. He left after about a year to go more to his field but I had mostly been teaching him finite element methods so the skills transferred pretty well. ME's take a lot of the same classes as structural, particularly in grad school, but they may lack some of the knowledge on codes - ACI, AISC, AASHTO, etc.
  12. I agree with JMcc06, the embedment is almost always governed by lateral resistance provided by the passive earth pressure. The weight of the base does not provide much in the way of overturning resistance and is really not that much of a factor for minimum embedment, but depending on the size of pole and wind criteria uplift resistance could be a factor. You can always go shorter, but normally this means going to a much larger diameter base. For a rough calculation you can use IBC 1807.3.2, equation 18-1 with presumptive capacity values from IBC 1806.2. https://up.codes/viewer/general/int_building_code_2015/chapter/18#1807 Remember that lateral resistance is essentially a cubic function since the force F = 0.5*gamma*H^2, and the moment resistance = H/3 * F, so the best way to optimize the foundation is to get it deeper. It's hard to effectively make up for the loss in depth with more width economically.
  13. As others have mentioned, definitely take the FE. During the application process you will need to have your BS and graduate work evaluated by NCEES which is a very important step. One of my employees who is a new grad very similar to you - bachelors from India, MS from - just went through this and even with the MS his coursework fell short due to missing some key classes in the India BS. He ended up doing night classes at the local community college to correct that and is now taking the FE. When applying to jobs after this you should definitely let the employer know up front that you have gone through the degree evaluation once you have it. That can be a big sticking point for US firms hiring, since it could potentially lead to delays in you getting your PE or possible costs in helping you do extra coursework. Showing that you took the time to get it done and essentially that you are 'low risk' will help you.
  14. Similar at my firm, 30% for very heavy business development, around 50% for project managers with a sales goal, I am at 75% as a people manager, most of the design/production staff is around 80-83%. We cap out at 85% for engineering techs/draftsmen. Anything over about 85% is hard to hit just based on vacation, sick, training, and normal downtime from meetings and IT issues.
  15. I looked at it more with NCEES, and since I just passed the exam I need to have them review my record to add the "MLSE" designation since I had the record with just a PE originally. Others may have the same experience. Looks like it will run $50, but after the test costs that is nothing (plus my company covers). On a separate note, has anyone gone the route of getting the SECB designation? It looks like I, and most others on the structural side of the forums, would qualify. I'll really start to rack up the letters if I do: PE, MLSE, SECB, ENV SP. Question is, does it do much more than that? http://www.secb.org/