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  4. This topic is a great example of the type of issues you will see on the test. There will be answers for both if H=10 and H = 120. Pay attention to conversion factors.
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  9. Thisis from the Tennessee State Board website as it relates to Progressive Experience. WHAT CONSTITUTES PROGRESSIVE ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE? The Special Committee on Experience Evaluation of the NCEES has developed the following guidelines for the work areas and skills an engineer intern must develop to obtain progressive engineering experience. PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THEORY ANALYSIS—of operating conditions; performance assessment; feasibility studies; constructability; value engineering; safety; environmental issues; economic issues; risk assessment; reliability. DESIGN—construction plan or specification preparation; product specifications; component selection; maintenance and social implications of final product. TESTING—developing or specifying testing procedures; verifying functional specifications; implementing quality control and assurance; maintenance and replacement evaluation. IMPLEMENTATION—of engineering principles in design, construction, or research; performance of engineering cost studies; process flow and time studies; implementation of quality control and assurance; safety issues; environmental issues. SYSTEMS APPLICATION—evaluation of components of a larger system; evaluation of the reliability of system parts; design and evaluation of equipment control systems while considering ergonomics, utility, manufacturing tolerances, and operating and maintenance concerns; the engineering required to establish programs and procedures for the maintenance and management of buildings, bridges, and other types of structures where failure or improper operation would endanger the public health and safety. TIME IN THE ENGINEERING PROCESS—difficulties of workflow; scheduling; equipment life; corrosion rates and replacement scheduling. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING— codes, standards, regulations, and laws that govern applicable engineering activities. MANAGEMENT OF ENGINEERING - Engineering management includes supervising staff, managing engineering projects, and managing and administering technology as it is applied in the field or in construction. It may involve: PLANNING—developing concepts; evaluating alternative methods. SCHEDULING—preparing task breakdowns and schedules. BUDGETING AND CONTRACTING—cost estimating and control; contract development. SUPERVISING—organizing human resources; motivating teams; directing and coordinating project resources.  PROJECT CONTROL—complete or partial project control. RISK ASSESSMENT—assessment of risk associated with the progression of the project. COMMUNICATION SKILLS Accumulation of project knowledge through interpersonal communication with supervisors, clients, subordinates, or team interaction. Transmission of project knowledge in verbal or written methods to clients, supervisors, subordinates, the general public, or team members. Examples would be via meetings, written reports, public hearings and reporting or findings and suggestions, other written correspondence and/or verbal briefings. SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF ENGINEERING Promoting and safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public as demonstrated in daily work activities. Demonstrating an awareness of the consequences the work performed may incur and a desire to mitigate or eliminate any potential negative impact. Following a code of ethics that promotes a high degree of integrity in the practice of professional engineering. Good Luck and I hope the above two posts help.
  10. This is from another post , but provides great advice: Getting Approved to Sit for the PE Exam (Civil-Construction): If you are reading this thread you likely have been approved by your State Board to site for the PE exam. If not then you can read a few tips I have for making sure your experience is approved and you can site for the exam. This applies for Civil-Construction. Here is a list of action verbs you can use in your record to get you started: • Designed • Analyzed • Specified • Programmed • Planned • Evaluated • Problem Solved • Produced • Created • Implemented Example: “I designed Scopes of Work for various change orders on the Project including re-design of pile layouts for building foundation, design of concrete expansion joint detail, etc.” Some other design examples, notice how specific the examples are: • Performed troubleshooting on air handling unit during commissioning. • Calculated construction loads for scaffolding to be used for concrete placement. • Calculated the loading on new concrete foundations to verify it was acceptable to backfill and place construction equipment on top of the foundations. • Specified foundation detail requirements • Designed storm water drainage plans • Designed formwork for concrete. • Calculated equipment fleet productivity rates and scheduled project to optimize equipment and manpower resources. • Designed temporary excavations support systems. • Designed construction haul roads. • Design of rigging systems. • Design of crane safety and operation plans. • Design of storage and lay-down facilities. • Design and inspection of site drainage and sedimentation controls. Other engineering duties can include: • Inspection of construction to verify conformance with design documents. • Perform value engineering analyses • Perform constructability reviews; provide design input based on reviews to the engineer of record. • Perform materials testing (concrete, steel, soils) and generate reports of results for use during construction (i.e., took soil samples and performed standard proctor). • Design and optimization of construction project schedule • Review shop drawings and submittals • Review and answer Requests for Information (RFIs) • Generate engineering cost estimates • Perform engineering economic analyses of construction plant and generate findings (i.e., buy or lease analysis, amortization schedule, maintenance costs over life of equipment, etc). • Performed safety inspections to verify compliance with OSHA requirements. • Generated (or reviewed) safety plans to ensure engineering controls were properly implemented (i.e., shoring for excavation, steel erection plans, critical lift plans, rigging, noise/light control plans, etc). The key is to say what YOU did on the project. Do not say you “managed” other people doing the work; you have to have actually done the work to get credit for it. You need to properly and completely explain your design experience which, depending on your state, is required in conjunction with your general engineering experience. If you do not do any of the work activities I mention (or similar type), then you likely are not qualified to sit for the PE exam. I also do not recommend you take the PE exam if you do not have the right experience; the exam is designed for engineers who do this kind of work on a regular basis. Also, if you do not have the proper experience and somehow are permitted to sit for the exam (and pass), the P.E. after your name will mean very little if you do not know what is going on around the construction site or with the design. You will end up becoming one of the people which the real construction engineers make fun of behind their back. Sorry to be so blunt but this is just the way it is and anybody who has spent time on a construction site knows this is true.
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  13. The night before my exam, in April 2016, I tossed and turned all night, then finally said the and got up. I wanted to eat a good breakfast and the only thing open was "Waffle House". I arrived at Waffle house around 4:00am and decided to go with the scattered, smothered and covered hash browns with my meal, along with about 3 pots of coffee. I surfed the internet on my phone during my breakfast and realized it was an election year, March Madness was over, and baseball season had started (I had no idea life went on for everyone not taking the test). I left WH at about 5:15/5:30-ish to make the 20 minute drive to the exam site. As I neared the exam site, "It" hit me. Luckily for me, my office at the time was only about 1/2 mile from the exam site, so I made a quick detour. My office is not like the "home field advantage", but at 5:40 am I had the place to myself. After "camping out" for another hour letting things work themselves out, I realized I needed another pair of underwear, which I know I had not packed (I should have listened to my mom all those years ago). Luckily for me, I had a workout bag in my office. I found a pair of boxer briefs that were actually clean because I put everything on hold when I started to study for this dammed test and forgot it was there. I made a quick change and went off the exam site. I am sure some people thought I was being anti-social by keeping my distance and keeping to myself, but I was actually to to protect them from the residual effects. In the morning session, it took a lot effort for me not to just rip a big one, but I did have some small silent ones that were not too bad (everyone was too engrossed with the exam to notice). Not to change the subject, but years ago I tried to order to a salad at Waffle House. I was greeted with a "Hon, we don't have salads". I pointed to the menu and showed my waitress (that is what they were called then) the salad on the menu. "I'll be dammed", Wanda (the waitress) said. She then yelled "Earl (who was the cook), do you know we have salads on the menu. "Yep" Earl answered. "You ever make one" asked Wanda. "Nope", replied Earl. I then decided I had better go for the scattered, smothered, and covered and coffee and have stuck with that as my go to Waffle Hose cuisine.
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