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  2. mosayhim

    NCEES Credential Evaluation

    You may complete the missing hours by either two ways: 1- Clep: https://www.collegeboard.org/?navId=clep-cb, 2- any community college
  3. Inductive

    Adding Credentials

    I filed my PE application yesterday I’m TX. I was told it takes 6-8 weeks. Was told the same when I applied for a EIT and obtained it after 2 weeks. Does anybody have any information about recent turnaround times?
  4. Inductive

    Upset with my ex-boss after I passed my PE

    @SuperKK Sounds like my ex boss. I quit, got a severance package and escaped to a better company. Never forget, you leave managers not companies. If the PE was easy, why doesn’t she have it? So sick and tired of moody bosses. Never happy, never positive and always nagging. Thats a toxic work environment. Normally a change will also improve your salary. My current employer (major corporation) did not contact my ex boss. Nowadays, companies don’t care so much about references anymore. I had three offers and none of them asked for references. I wish you all the best. You’ll do better somewhere else.
  5. sayed

    Failed PE Power

    6 years of W2 employment with very specific experience
  6. TWJ PE

    State License Roster / Lookup

    And is open book.
  7. Inductive

    Failed PE Power

    I used Engineering Pro Guide from Justin Kauwale. Very easy to understand and an excellent practice exam. The PPI book is crap but it saved my butt for one problem. Not sure what’s going on in NY but I have never heard of a PE requirement to get something else waived. Except you want to get self employed, or you’re in the Army Corps of Engineers. So Sayed, you got my full attention.
  8. Guest

    April 2018 Results Map

    Is New jersey out?
  9. Szar

    Failed PE Power

    What are you applying for?
  10. Szar

    Failed PE Power

    Exempted from what?
  11. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Computer Engineering Prep

    Hi all, It was suggested that I describe my experience in selecting, preparing for, and ultimately passing the "Electrical: Computer Engineering" PE examination. To start, I had not originally planned to take the Computer Engineering exam. Although my undergraduate degree, along with my first 10 years of experience were in the computer engineering field (working as a junior computer engineer while I completed the last two years of my Bachelor's degree), I switched over to Software Engineering around the same time I started my Master's in Computer Science and worked in the field for the next 18 years. One of the first things I did was order the Software Engineering practice exam (which is not provided by NCEES but by IEEE). After getting it and trying to complete the 50 questions, I became quite frustrated and wondered if trying for a PE was really in the cards for me. That test seemed to have nothing to do with what I had been doing for previous 18 years, and it seemed I was going to have a terrible experience trying to learn all the obscure terminology, and memorize the named of hundred of PHD's who had written books and created white papers on the various SE topics. For example, I had no idea that there were four different experts in the sub-field of software change management, each of which I would have had to learn about and memorize their works. Also, that pseudo computer language I would have had to learn was ridiculous. I was very disappointed and was thinking about giving up the whole idea - even though I had spent the previous two years getting myself back up to speed on engineering basics (and math) again in order to pass the FE in Electrical & Computers. Then, I got the idea to look into other PE disciplines to determine if success with another discipline was more of a reality for me. Which led to me ordering the practice Exam for the Computer Engineering test from NCEES. It was a miracle. When I took that practice examination 'cold' I got a score of 60 There were several areas I realized that I needed to bone-up on, which included: Hamming Codes, Floating Point Binary Number formats (single and double precision), some of the more obscure communications protocols, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA's - which were not around when I earned my CE Bachelor's Degree), Boolean Logic and Karnaugh Maps, Real-Time & Embedded Systems, and the internal transistor circuits that made up common logic gates and flip-flops. All formable subjects but clearly doable, since I had some dated experience on all of those subjects except FPGA's, or the Verilog / VHDL hardware descriptor languages used to program them. I then laid out a detailed study plan covering all those topics, plus refresh my knowledge on other common CE theory (such as computer architecture models, and cache memory - as used in some of the newer RISC microprocessors such ARM). Unfortunately, my plan could not include attending a review course, since there are so few of us taking this particular PE exam, therefore no training is available - Unless I decided to go back and take some undergraduate courses for a couple of years (although I found a way to do something similar as described below). PPI does have a Reference Manual for Computer Engineering (which I of course purchased) and utilized as the initial outline for my study plan. Things execution of my study plan started out very well, until I realized I needed many more reference and text books - a lot of them. The PPI manual just did not go into the depth I needed (which was one of the gripes in the Amazon reviews about that manual that I ignored when I purchased it). The undergraduate texts that I still had stored away, were about 25 years old, and others that I may have been able to use, had long ago been given away to co-workers who were still in school. I did some research, and followed the suggestion of someone in a YouTube who said the text books used in creating many of the PE questions were about five years old. So I got my credit card out, went on Amazon, and started looking for good candidate text books. I wound up purchasing: the 4th Edition of the "Electronic Engineers' Handbook" (the most expensive and least useful book during the exam); the 2nd Edition of "Digital Design and Computer Architecture" (moderately priced - $60 - and the most useful book - both during Study and at the exam); the ARM edition of "Computer Organization and Design" (about the same moderate price as #2, but useful only for Floating Point and Hamming Code study and reference); the 3rd Edition of "Essentials of 'Software Engineering'" (which was low cost but also the least used); the 5th Edition of "Computer Networks - A systems approach" (quite useful during my study, however the Index is poor, so I found it difficult to use during the test - I now realize I should have read that book through cover-to-cover), and finally; and, the 4th Edition "Real-Time Systems Design and Analysis" ( another book that was expensive, and one I should have read cover-to-cover since the Index was somewhat limited). A lesson learned here was that I should have purchased many of these books much earlier in my study program. I also found some excellent material on YouTube. In particular, the lectures by Professor Bruce Land of Cornell University, who recorded all of his Computer Engineering lectures for over two years of his classes. That is where I learned about FPGA's and some of the new concepts in Computer Engineering that were not part of the program I took while earning my Bachelor's in CE so many moons ago. I believe I watched more than 50 of his lectures, and some of them two or three times (at approximately 50 mins each, you can imagine how much time I invested there). He also inspired me to buy a Terasic FPGA development board - 'DE1-Standard' (which cost about $200 on Ebay and the software is free from Altera), providing me the opportunity of creating FPGA hardware logic using Verilog. Finally, and I believe most importantly, I created my own 'Reference Manual' (sort of a Cheat Book. or a set of Cheat Sheets), which I had spiral-bound at Staples with vinyl covers. I included many tables and some Wiki information to help me quickly get to some important material during the exam as quickly as I possible. It came out to be over 60 pages, and I believe it helped me correctly answer at least a dozen questions (combined morning and afternoon portions of the test). It included all of those areas I mentioned earlier as topics I needed to study (based on the CE practice exam0. For example, I had the layouts of 7-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit and 64-bit 'hamming codes' in tabular form (some of which was contained in reference text book #3, but other details from online articles). Anyway, this write-up has probably gone on too long already. I just wanted to describe what worked for me in dealing with one of the 'Lesser' taken PE exams, which someone out there may find useful. I will gladly expand on anything I've mentioned, except for giving away any specific questions I actually encountered during my exam. BTW, If anyone is interested in the 'Test Taking' methodology I use, just leave me a response to this thread and I will add.
  12. Guest

    M.E. Thermal-Fluids. Did you pass?

    This is exactly what I did... It works pretty well for me too! Thanks and congrats!
  13. If you failed this time, don't give up. I failed the FE 3 times and passed the Civil - Transportation this cycle on my second attempt almost 8 years out of college with 3 kids at home. I only put in about 50 hours of study time my first attempt and failed with a 40/80 back in 2015. This time around, I put in about 100+ hours of studying. I do recommend taking Testmasters ( is usually offered in Baton Rouge before the April exam and the CERM was included) or at least borrowing notes if you know someone who has taken it. Also, there were way more look up questions than I expected, but I was lucky enough to have access to just about of all the recommended references from my workplace. Without those, I probably would have failed. Make sure you have HCM, Greenbook, MUTCD for sure. I also recommend having the Roadside Design Guide, Planning Design and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, and some sort of pavement and geotech book. If you can get all of the recommended books, go for it. You never know if that one lookup question may be the deciding factor if you pass or fail. If you are retaking the exam in the fall, just take a little breather then jump back into studying and take a prep course if you can. I think anyone can pass this exam, since I did. Good luck to you all.
  14. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Ncees Pencil April 2018

    I have regrets in this area, now that I found out I passed the April exam. At the end of the April 13th exam, I was so focused on not doing anything to raise the ire of those running the test room (which took place in Flushing Queens, New York in my case), that as I was leaving and thinking about taking that mechanical pencil I used throughout the exam, however decided to ask the proctor prior to doing so. The 'early twenties' proctor said, "Oh, yes I need to take that", so I handed it to her She's probably selling it on Ebay right now.
  15. cornsnicker3

    Celebration?

    Friend got my two beers at a bar in Madison as I was driving back home to Duluth from West Virginia as a celebration. When I got home, the family took me to Texas Roadhouse.
  16. NY-Computer-Engineer

    Celebration?

    Us 'Old F@#$s' should stick together.
  17. sayed

    Failed PE Power

    not required, but it exempted me from the other requirements. much easier to study for a few months than comply with everything else
  18. Start by thinking about the test day and what issues you came across and what you wish you did different. Did you have proper references or do you need to add some? Were you able to find information or do you need better indexing and tabbing? If timing was an issue, try working more problems to work on speed. If you find yourself using the same formulas while studying, make a formula sheet with the most common formulas for each topic. It would be easier to flip through a few pages instead of a 3" binder if all you are doing is finding the formula you need. Focus on areas you gad trouble but also work on areas you did go on. On the next exam, the sections you did good on could ask about a topic you are not that familiar about or have trouble with.
  19. EET, it was a great prep course for Civil Transportation. The instructors were enthusiastic, knowledge for test prep and the material for classes and study were great for test day use. Lastly, use lots of tabs on everything.
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  21. WillH

    EET Breadth

    I passed on my first attempt this year, April 2018, which is a huge relief! I took the EET Breadth and Depth review courses, and I can't say enough about how awesome an instructor Dr. Nazrul Islam is! (I'm not sure this is the best place for this post, so please advise if it should go elsewhere). My undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science, so I had to take a bunch of extra courses to get into a graduate engineering program, to eventually get licensed as an engineer. I felt shaky on the breadth all the way through, which I expected. Dr. Islam runs a tight ship and provides you with all the material you need to pass the WRE Afternoon section. I signed up early for the depth, got the discount, thinking I could use the CERM to make my own reference binder for the morning, and when I saw how awesome Nazrul's course was, I signed up for the Breadth too. Unfortunately, the webinar Breadth course had filled up by that time, so I could only take the on-demand. The binders they provide are so organized, so in depth, such helpful resources. And from a different thread, this: Nazrul also was great at letting us know he believed we were capable and that we should rely on ourselves during the exam. In addition to being incredibly technical and thorough, he also just said some very kind things to instill confidence. He was also available by email, responding punctually, and even offered to talk to me on the phone and provide personal sessions (both of which I turned down, but that shows his dedication). I was sure I failed walking out of the exam, and I emailed Nazrul to tell him, and he was a good source of comfort. I highly recommend Nazrul's WRE depth course and the EET breadth course as well. http://www.eetusa.com/classes/civil-pe/depth/wre
  22. wilheldp_PE

    Home brew Beer

    Force carbonation in a corney keg is the way to go.
  23. emmajuwa

    Machine Design & Materials Oct 2018

    I won't sugarcoat or try to estimate the exam. I learned from everywhere. Graduated from undergrad in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. Masters in Petroleum Engineering in 2011. Worked in mechanical engineering related roles (measurements, vibrations, applications etc.) and currently in a product engineering and development role and a part time PhD candidate with family. It was the most difficult exam to study for but I had a plan and tried to stick with it. If you can find a study buddy on here FINE. If not it up to you to stay determined. I was sleeping I will study from midnight to 4am for straight 4 months. But your study time depends on where you are in your knowledge level. This board was very helpful with all the practice questions and solutions people shared. It helped improve on my mistakes. I praise God it was over. I will be here to help if anyone has questions or need tips or directions. Start preparing as soon as you can.
  24. cornsnicker3

    M.E. Thermal-Fluids. Did you pass?

    I passed. My method was very simple. I worked problems from MERM, MERM Companion, and NCEES 2016. I went through all of the relevant MERM problems once, most of the companion problems, and the practice test three times. I used the conversion book, the MERM, and a self crafted booklet with the MERM appedices and useful equations. I did not use any other references or problems during the test. Thank you all for your support
  25. Valirya

    PE Structures April 2018 Failing scores

    46 with 27/19
  26. MechanicalApril17

    M.E. Thermal-Fluids. Did you pass?

    Passed! Having friends over for drinks this weekend!
  27. Jackal301

    Electrical Power Industry Salaries

    Screw you man!! haha just kidding. While I realize my survey is flawed, I really just wanted general data throughout the united states. I tried to not make it too specific to more enchourage people to take the survey and not violate privacy. I am not looking for work in the nuclear industry, I am trying to get out of it and into utilites/consulting/construction. My plan is to look for federal jobs on USAJOBS.gov (Bonneville Power, Western Area Power Administration, US Army Core of Engineers, etc), as I can easily apply to the other agencies (DOE/BOR). However I would be looking into private sector as well. Also we do not have very great drawings, but everything is documented and kept for 75 years. You can imagine trying to dig up drawings that were created 50 years ago and trying to read/interpret them: not fun. My "Nuclear Industry" experience is practical field engineering experience on electric power systems and control systems. I have a MS degree in EE Power with a Thesis directly used for Salt River Project (a Utility in Phoenix, AZ). Getting my PE in Power even though I have low working experience in the field proves that I know power and I can adjust and adapt to different conditions easily. My outside of "power" real world field engineering experience brings more diversity and broad experience to an otherwise closed group of Power engineers. I meet the 4 years of experience requirement with my MS and federal work experience. As far as the nuclear industry having bigger salaries and better benefits, that's just not true. I am a federal employee in the 0840 series description. I get paid the same as every other "GS-12" engineer out there. EXCEPT for those snark son's of B's in the POWER industry that just got moved to a special pay rate table, where their GS-12 is worth $20k more than mine.
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