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  1. Hi everyone, This is my first post though I've been ransacking these forums for over a year now. A little background: I graduated with a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 2011. I never took the FE in school, it wasn't really encouraged for MEs. After graduation I got involved with the drinking water industry, primarily treatment plants and distribution system designs. My employer has really started to stress the fact that I should get my PE so I'll be eligible to move up in the ranks. That meant first taking the FE, which I studied my butt off for and by some miracle passed in May 2017 after being out of school for 6 years. My goal is to the PE exam in April 2018 but I am extremely undecided on which discipline to go for. I'm considering Mechanical: Thermal/Fluids or Civil: Water Resources & Environmental. Mechanical Pros: Looking at the NCEES specifications I'd say I feel fairly comfortable with about 50% of the material and at the very least recognize the other knowledge areas. Having just studied for the FE, topics like Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Thermodynamics are relatively fresh. Mechanical Cons: Thermo/Fluids were HARD in school for me so I can imagine the PE Exam has the potential to be downright horrendous. For all I know I may have bombed these sections in the FE and just gotten by on math, statics, strengths, etc. I don't know anyone who has taken it in the past - no study materials available ($$$) Civil Pros: More relative to my current work Most of my coworkers/friends have taken this route - and offered to let me have/borrow their study resources/references Easier (???) subject matters than Thermo/Fluids CivilCons: 70% of the topics on the NCEES specifications are completely new to me - the only topics I recognize are structures, groundwater, water quality, hydraulics, and drinking water distribution and treatment. I've never had any courses/experience in hydrology, storm water, waste water, soils, construction management etc. I guess it comes down to whether I should choose the devil I know vs. the devil I don't. Has anyone else ever been torn making a choice between the two and if so what did you decide? Any other MEs choose to take the Civil PE and if so what was it like teaching yourself all those non-ME topics from scratch? For those that took the ME Thermal/Fluids exam, how did the level of difficulty compare to the questions on the FE (for those that remember way back then..)? If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Any advice much appreciated.
  2. Chemical PE

    Just wanted to share, something that helped me a lot to study is the "PE Chemical Reference Handbook", available for free from NCEES: The PE Chemical Reference Handbook is now available for download. It contains charts, formulas, tables, and other information that may help you answer questions on the PE Chemical exam. However, it does not contain all information required to answer every question; theories, conversions, formulas, and definitions that examinees are expected to know have not been included. Log into MyNCEES to download your free copy. The only downside is that you have to print it out...
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  4. Guys, Any one know anything about this $35 pdf version practice problems? If anyone bought it, are those problems matched with the new specs of the TFS PE exam? (Oct 2017) http://engproguides.com/thermalexam.html Thank you guys
  5. Power Transfer Formula

    Please explain to me why sin(delta2) = (P1/P2)*sin(delta1) I don't understand how it got to that step. can someone please show the steps leading up to how sin(delta2) is determined? Thanks!
  6. I failed my first attempt at the Civil PE - Structural Exam this past April. A bit of background about me: I did not graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering or Structural. I am a Biological Engineer with a focus in structural systems. I've been working four years as an engineer in a field of its own, utility design. Therefore, I don't have much exposure to anything civil or biological. The reason I chose the structural exam was because I enjoyed learning and taking structural courses in college. I figured the other disciplines will bore me. I took steel, wood, and multiple analysis courses. Additionally, there are so many more resources to help pass the civil exam than the biological exam. My first attempt, I completely bombed. However, I think it wasn't too bad given that I do not work in the field and only studied 2.5 months prior to the exam. It was really tough studying because I wasn't familiar with the majority of breadth topics, but knew the depth was going to be hard so I focused most of my studies on the depth. Below is my diagnostics. I would love to get any help possible. I'll be taking the PPI course again soon. I took it the first time, but I was so focused on studying for the depth, that I did not pay attention. I am hoping the second time around will be a pass. Any tips for someone who is not in the field to pass the Civil Structural? Changing disciplines is not an option. My work already paid for the thousands of dollars in course and reference materials.
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  9. Induction Machine

    Hello, What equation is being used in the solution? (question from Kaplan sample exam) Is max torque synonymous to max power? In Graffeo's book I see the formula: Slip at which Pmax occurs at = Sp = Rrotor/(Rrotor + Zeq), where Zeq = Zmotor + Zstator. But this equation seems slightly different than the one used int he solution. Also, if you have good machine references (such as a formula sheet) to share it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  12. I finally heard back from California board today (FYI - the check got cashed 3/22, yes...over four months ). Looks like everything went through except for my references. It states that my references are not licensed in state where the project was located. My situation: I work in the nuclear industry as a civil engineer. It is not required to be licensed in the state where the plant is located to complete the design work, neither do I live in those states. Therefore, most of my co-workers have licenses from different states. It is possible (will a lot of work and money) for me to get references from the states that are California is requiring, but I am confused if I need to get 4 all new references (especially since my supervisor has an out-of-state license). And I am dealing with 2 different states that I have done work for. Do I get one from each state? Do I just need one reference from each one of the states? Does my supervisors count as 1 out of the 4 references? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, as the board made clear that I am not allowed to call or email them upon receiving this bright pink rejection letter.
  13. All about the PE exam and your engineering career. https://ppi2pass.com/pe-exam/resources/info
  14. malpractice insurance for PE?

    Hi All! I recently obtained my PE. I was wondering if I should purchase malpractice insurance or some other form of insurance to protect myself. What do you think?
  15. Vpp vs Vpn

    I often find myself making the mistake of using Vpp rather than Vpn and vice versa. After I see the solution and realized the mistake I made, it seems so obvious from the start that I should have used Vpn. Question 1: are there any techniques or rules to follow to be sure what voltage potential to use and minimize mistakes? or is it just trial and error learning process? I dont want to make such a simple mistake on exam day. Question 2: When converting from Vpp to Vpn I usually follow the formula Vpn = Vpp/(sqrt(3)∠30°). In the example below, the ∠30° is left out of the denominator. Can someone explain to me why? When to include ∠30° and when to exclude? Thanks!
  16. So this past spring I took the PE exam in North Carolina because NY rejected my application and I was already too far into studying to give up. Anyway, I ended up passing my exam (yay!) but now I need to apply to NC. I can't find what NC considers as engineering experience. I started my career working for a contractor, but now work for a structural design firm. Is NC not going to count my construction experience? Does anyone know what I should do here? The form (http://www.ncbels.org/forms/ncengapp.pdf) that they have on their website has two columns for work experience, time in design and time doing other work. But you can now apply using the NCEES website. Just curious if anyone has any advice. Thanks!
  17. Graffeo - Single Phase Problem

    Hi, can someone explain to me the whole 'two wires' thing in single phase circuit and why the impedance is 2 times. Thanks in advance
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  20. Hello Everyone! New here, but giving back to this forum just as it gave something to me. Resources and hope! I recently moved to the from Canada with a few years of experience in my hands after graduating as an Electrical Engineering candidate in the summer of 2013. While I hadn't been out of school for long, I still lost all hope of being in a school/study environment again and was worried about this FE Electrical and Computer CBT based exam. After looking at resources and forums I decided to start my studying. I moved here in April and with wanting to take my PE Power exam in the April of 2017, I decided to dedicate some time this year (2016) to study and try and pass the FE. So I bought the FE Electrical and Computer textbook by Lindeburg on Amazon for 50-ish $ and started studying by the end of July. I followed the schedule it says and tried to do one chapter a day, and sometimes three-four on weekends. Lindeburg suggests that you could start the course 45 days ahead of the exam and complete all 45 chapters without rest days and pass the exam the next day. I think this is pretty accurate since the exam is not very tough. Along with the textbook, I tried to learn where all the units and equations are in the FE Reference book which is the exact same book given to you on the computer in the exam. I also watched Raiya Energy Academy's Youtube videos online and used it for different questions and examples. I also found some online assessments that started a timer and told you how you did. And finally I made sure to really practice with my calculator and use the special functions like complex conversion, matrices, vectors, equation solving, computer numbering formats, and boolean logic. This last part is really important because doing all these in your calculator, saves you time, which gives you more minutes in the end for harder problems or for reviewing. After I was done going through the book, I decided to book the exam three weeks from finishing the book, and spend these weeks looking at the book and the reference manual again, but this time just doing the problems. I am so glad I did the steps above, because after I did the exam on a Friday, I found out I passed online the next Wednesday. Hope this helps you!
  21. Graffeo - CT question

    Hi, this is a figure in the 2016 printing of the Graffeo book, page 148. Is there a typo in describing the direction of current above the CT on I2 side? The description is the same before and after the fault...why? I tried checking the errata on Graffeo's website but this page is not mentioned. Thanks in advance!
  22. So, I was curious what the probability of someone passing the PE exam based on completely random guessing (because it seemed feasible), so, I did some math. The probabilities are based on an assumed passing score of 70% (56/80), using the binomial cumulative probability... that is, for randomly guessing all 80 questions, what's the probability of guessing at least 56 correct? Thus, calculate the binomial cdf for (n=80, p=0.25, and x=56 + x=57 + ...x=80) For all 80 questions, the probability of guessing at least 56 correctly turns out to be 3.64 x 10^-17. That is, 1 in 27,500,000,000,000,000 test takers will be likely to pass the exam with random guessing. However, if a test taker is 100% confident that he worked out half the questions correctly, and wanted to simply guess on the other 40 questions, he would only need to guess 16 problems correctly out of the remaining 40. The probability is calculated similarly, with a binomial cdf of (n=40, p=0.25, and x=16 + x=17....x=40). This turns out to be a probability of 0.026. That is, 1 out of about 50 test takers who definitely answer 40 questions correctly can expect to pass the exam by guessing on the remaining questions. Here's the breakdown: 0 definitely correct, Guess 56/80 correctly to pass : 1 in 27,500,000,000,000,000 will pass(1 out of 27 Quintillion) 10 correct, Guess 46/70: 1 in 1,170,000,000,000 will pass (1 out of a trillion) 20 correct, Guess 36/60: 1 in 103,000,000 will pass 30 correct, Guess 26/50: 1 in 26,300 will pass 40 correct, Guess 16/40: 1 in 50 will pass. 50 correct, Guess 6/30, 4 in 5 will pass. 60 correct ... pretty sure you passed!
  23. Hello Everyone! After posting my FE exam prep from October 2016 found here: I decided to go strong and work towards my PE Power. Like I mentioned before, I already had the required 4 years of work experience between both Canada and the US, so I decided to apply for the PE Exam and write it in the coming April 2017. I would say, from talking with coworkers, peers, and just overall looking at all the material available it was really intimidating and overwhelming at first. I was very nervous about this exam from the get-go even after studying for the FE and passing it. Having done the FE just recently should help, is what I kept hearing from everyone, but of course I was finding it hard to connect the dots between the FE and the PE exams. Primarily, because the FE really is very basic level understanding of electrical engineering (First and Second year course material from University) whereas the PE is more like the third and fourth year materials + codebooks. In any case, I didn't have a great plan of studying for this like I did for the FE. With the FE I just took the reference material and followed their plans. With the PE, I asked around at work for what was available, and luckily there were a couple folks that had 5-6 different NCEES PE Power Practice Exam and Camara's booklets that combined had over a 1000 problems. I also printed out the NEC 2017, the NESC 2012, the NFPA 70 2017, the ANSI Device Numbers, and had a copy of the EPRM by John Camara. This last book was what I used to start my prep. Similar to the FE prep, I first went through the EPRM entirely and thoroughly. Then I went through a whole bunch of videos on youtube related to Power problems, notable mention Raiya Energy Academy. Again, while I don't always agree with Raiya's solutions, her problems and walk throughs are worth looking into. She gets the steps right 99 percent of the time, but the answer might be wrong in some cases. She corrects herself in most cases. After I finished the EPRM book, I went through the entire NEC 2017 code book and sticky tabbed most of the important and often used artices, (See Raiya's video on Must Know NEC Articles). I have to admit, you are not going to remember where each article is. So heavily rely on the index pages of these code books in the end of the books. After the NEC, I went through the NESC codebook and the NFPA codebooks fairly quickly in order to get the gist of the materials. The last four weeks before the exam, all I did was problems problems problems. I have to admit, after I did the exam, I had a sense of relief, it was either from finishing a long 9.5 hours day (including breaks) or I was fairly confident in what I had answered were correct. For anyone thinking that there isn't enough time in the exam, if you prepared as much as I did, and I think you should, then you should have enough time to write the exam and still have 45 minutes in the end to check everything. I had finished checking and still left a half an hour earlier. Total time taken to study: Once I passed the FE, and got my approval that I had been registered for the PE exam in February, I started studying Mid February. From Mid-Feb to April 19th, I spent 8 weeks studying. Weekends were the busiest (6-8 hours each day) and then 3-4 weeknights of one hour each. Prep Prep Prep, is all I can say. I can usually gauge whether or not one would need to study as much or not for a certain exam, however, both before and even after writing the PE exam, I have to say you must put in your hours to study. It is not that hard, but it is not trivial. So I passed, and the results came out exactly 1 Month and 5 days later. Good luck to Oct 2017s and future PEs.
  24. Let me first start off by outlining my thanks for the forum, as I have read without joining the community. However after years of taking the PE exam, I am at a cross-roads with certainly my career and prospects of passing this examination. I have taken review classes ((AM and Construction) Dr. Tom/ (Construction) EET), I have organized my materials (as expressed by these entities and others), and I given each exam a full effort. However, after taking the Civil-Construction for the 4th time, I can't seem to jump past 50 questions correct, and my mood and morale is at an all-time low. I don't know if I should surrender and fall on my sword or to continue. As I have spoke with my wife, at what point can a person keep running into a buzz saw with out changing the results. I have attempted to study both the morning and afternoon with vigor, however there are some things that don't seem to translate either from preparation to the exam or the exam to preparation. I wish I could go back in time and stay within one forte of engineering as a career path but for one reason or another I have moved around. And honestly, each time was for the right reason but looking back on it, it was a mistake. It is probably true, 'renaissance man, but master of none', but I have sincerely shifted gears for reasons that I won't disclose. However along the way, I have missed my mentors and that is the worst of all. As I am currently unemployed, it does not bode well for me- in general. Outlining to potential employers that you are at the cusp of a PE breakout is a good talking point, however they only care about the paper in hand vs the hand that holds the paper. Certainly, I am open to recommendations however I am not interested in your response if they are to tell me how much I am a failure (because at this point, I know what and where I am). I don't like to give up, but a steady fall into the abyss has been ongoing for me and I wish to find a rock to grab on the dive.
  25. Help: Graffeo Ex. 53

    Hi, My challenge is Ex. 53 d) of the Graffeo book, 2016 printing. see attached photo. The part where he says "now square it to get rid of the j" Why is it not (3Rg)^2 = (0.48-j0.38)^2 ?? am I an idiot? Im being serious.
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