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  1. I took mine in Oakland, CA. Passed it first time. I didn't notice anything weird regarding State specific things. Here's my advice... Buy the green and yellow Lindeburg book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once it arrives, you will do this: 1. Go to NCEES and fork out the dough for the exam. Schedule it 90 days out! and spring the extra 50 bucks for the practice test. Once it's paid for, you've got no choice but to study for it. 2. Follow the Lindeburg book to the tee. Don't miss a godamn thing! Follow the longest schedule option (I think it was the 82 day option?). You wan't extra days for fudge factor and some down-time and you don't want to rush into a $300 test. 3. Pick a LEGAL calculator, and use it every day, find all the stat's functions and memorize how to use them. Make the calculator an extension of your own hand. 4. Take the test and you'll pass it guaranteed, just like the book says! 5. Do certified mail with signature confirmation!!!!! I think the total cost of this endeavor is close to $500 when you consider everything you have to buy and pay for. Even after you pass you gotta go get fingerprinted and some other bullshit that costs money, and turn in papers to the board with ANOTHER application fee. The CA board takes forever and you start sweating if you just put stamps on it and drop it off on the street. I stressed out for a few months because you know how Oakland mailboxes get pissed on or plowed into with stolen cars, or set on fire by protesters. Don't do like I did. You already paid out the ass, so what's an extra 15 bucks to have it certified and insured? Honestly none of the material is that hard. The biggest thing is knowing the reference material and how to quickly find your answers. Also being familiar with how the test is given really helps. That's why you need to buy the practice exam from NCEES too. There aren't any serious math problems. It's all multiple choice and you just need to know where the formula is in the reference manual. I'd say I put an average about an hours worth of effort a day for about 60 of those planned 82 days. I did NOT follow the schedule to a tee like I wanted to, and i did run out of time a little bit towards the end because I slacked some. I skimmed the last few chapters and figured I had a pretty good handle on the reference manual by then. Many of the questions sum up to having some common sense. Knowing what a ridiculous answer looks like can eliminate the wrong choices pretty quick. As long as you've read the Lindeburg book, you'll see everything on the test and recognize it instantly. Good luck!
  2. So I've found a great job right out of my BSEE. But I still want to study. Since my job requires travel I'm looking into online degrees. I'm in CA so I'm leaning toward UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, or Stanford. Who has finished an online program? Which school did you go to and what program (Mostly want to hear details about EE programs, but listening to other fields is still helpful in college choice)? How did you like it (quality of education), and did it yield a return on your investment as far as paychecks go (how much did it cost, increase in salary?). Tell me about the "hybrid" experience if you have one. (Stanford and Poly say it's partially online, but don't say how much, or how flexible). I want nitty gritty details please. Real opinions and facts. I've done my own research, know whats out there and made some comparisons but I just want to hear it from some real students that have finished or at least made it a good way through the program. Thanks!
  3. Two Job offers! Can't decide, help please?

    I've decided to accept the job with the big salary. Really, the EIT position fell through and they couldn't hire me, so this is where I land. I'm going to just continue to read about power and someday I'll find a job working in it. Meanwhile, Im gonna be making enough to get a brand new Dodge 2500!
  4. Two Job offers! Can't decide, help please?

    Wise advice, after I just posted that I'm leaning toward the fatty money. Maybe I need to think some more.
  5. Two Job offers! Can't decide, help please?

    Thanks y'all, I'm leaning towards the 100k. The technology is way ahead of anything I've ever seen, and I could see potentially taking an engineering position there in the future. Although these engineers most likely have masters. I've only a BS so I'd need to spend some time also leveling up my degree.
  6. Job 1: High tech company, makes big money and possibility of an IPO soon. Pay is 100k. Work is not really engineering, but more of technical troubleshooting, interfacing software and basically being all around smartie pants with no real design required. Job 2: Reputable engineering firm in power industry, will lead to a PE license. Real engineering. Pay is 81k. Job 1 is obviously attractive for $$ reasons, but I'm afraid of losing engineering skills. Job 2 is stable and obviously good too, but less pay. I just got my EIT so I was kinda looking to work towards a PE, but this other high tech thing could be great too and maybe I could weasel my way over to the real engineers side (not using my EIT but more on embedded systems). What would you choose? Help me pick by next week!
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