New enviro members
Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:02 PM
I am Dale and work at a state EPA (Ohio) doing water quality analysis. My work centers on TMDLs, models, and WQ standards. I completed a MS in env engr from Ohio State in Jun'09 (no BS in engr) in my mid-career. I completed BS/MS/PhD in physical geog from Penn State in the 80's - but always wanted to be an engineer!
Passed my FE in Apr'10 and plan to take the PE in Apr'11. Glad you have this forum - I appreciate the knowledge shared. I hope I can help the cause, too.
Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:58 AM
I do some of the same things you do, but in a much smaller place that allows me to do a lot more, but at the same time know it all in a lot less detail. I just recently finished writing our "state" 305b & 303d integrated water quality assessment report, and am scheduled to run our WQ standards through the triennial review process later this year. Ugh. On top of a dozen other unrelated things.
Posted 26 January 2011 - 08:52 PM
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Posted 14 March 2011 - 03:57 PM
I am planning to take my F.E in Environmental Engineering from GA in April and will hopefully take the PE in October (if I pass the FE in April of course ). I am looking for any used Books/DVDs/Study Materials that you may have for both PE as well as FE exams in Environmental Engineering. Again I will also appreciate any recommendations.
Thank you and waiting to hear from you.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 03:59 PM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:38 PM
Are the DVD's that are mentioned around the forums really worth it? They are a bigger expence and well if they help they would be well worth it but looking for other's opinions.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 08:32 PM
Which series are you looking into? There are mixed reviews on some of the DVDs/review courses out there.
Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:08 PM
Posted 02 June 2011 - 09:11 PM
I'm new to the forum and I've just started studying for the Environmental PE Exam October 2011 Session.
Good luck to you all!!
Posted 02 June 2011 - 09:43 PM
I'm new to the forum and I've just started studying for the Environmental PE Exam October 2011 Session.
Good luck to you all!!
Welcome! Make sure to check out some of the 'stickied' threads for ideas on references and where to get started. Good luck!
Posted 04 June 2011 - 01:42 PM
Good luck and welcome aboard.
Grab a beer, don't cost nuthin...
Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:47 PM
BS Interdisciplinary Studies: Biology, Geography, Philosophy (from UMBC)
MS Environmental Engineering & Science (from Johns Hopkins)
6-7 years of environmental science experience. Started out in Land-development & permitting for storm-water management, mostly as a GIS analyst/intern. Later got into the asbestos/lead/indoor-air quality business, with some sub-surface site-characterization & construction inspection/management in there. Now I mainly do site characterization and remediation (aquifer air-sparge, soil-vapor extraction, in-situ bio-enhancement etc...).
Passed my FE in April 2011.
I work in Alexandria VA and live in MD. I hope to qualify to sit for the NCEES P&P exam next year (I'm taking it easy). MD is pretty strict for us non-ABET undergraduate degree holders. I really hate the experience part of the application because of all of my jumping around companies in the enviro/health&safety-business has made it complicated.
Fortunately, my experience makes a lot of the hazardous waste, Heath and Safety, and sampling questions that a lot of colleagues here have trouble with, intuitive for me. Although I love solving "fluids" problems, it never seems to apply to what I do. The calcs for remediation designs are so loosy goosy, you kinda size and round up to the closest available skiff mounted modules, like a S, M, L, & XL. And maybe you tweak the PLC and valves to push and suck air into the ground at a psi of 3-9. Would love to get deeper into this, but would also like to get into water/wastewater treatment as well.
Look forward to contributing.
Edited by depolarization, 08 July 2011 - 08:01 PM.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:03 PM
B.S. and M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering here. Was in an NSF fellowship PhD program, but decided it just wasn't for me. Currently looking for employment in environmental or water resources and beginning my preparation for the PE. Looking to be ready by this October. GL everyone!
Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:41 PM
I just submitted my application to NY for the April 2012 exam. Fingers crossed it's accepted, because I know a lot of coworkers who were denied on their first try.
Good luck to everyone taking the exam on Friday. Oh, and if any of you pass and have reference materials you want to sell, let me know!
Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:30 PM
Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:50 PM
Was wondering if anyone out there has used the University of Delaware distance learning course. thanks
Edited by VT-Matt, 21 November 2011 - 05:53 PM.
Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:31 PM
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 07:33 PM
Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:53 PM
I like the UV and NC videos and course notes so much, I am going to sell the videos but I will make a copy of the course notes for future reference as I found them very useful. Though expensive new, I was able to purchase them both used for a slightly reduce cost and I'm glad because they compliment each other well. Passing the first time is worth a little extra cost for me...
Best of Luck!
Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:38 AM
I've been putting off writing my application for a long time, but this week I finally forced myself to sit down and get it done. In fact, I literally just finished stuffing it into envelopes and it will go in the mail tomorrow. What a relief!
Anyway, I've poked around here a tiny bit, and I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the great info. I'm not sure If I'll take the exam in October or next April, but I'm going to start reading more and getting my references ready.
Posted 06 February 2012 - 09:47 PM
Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:54 PM
I have a B.S. in Environmental Engineer (MTU) and am working on a M.S. (WSU). I have been out of school for 4 years. I work as a consultant and luckily, get to work on a wide range of environmental projects including remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, hazardous waste management and RCRA inspections, geotechnical drilling and design, building assessments for asbestos, lead, mold, and PCBs, construction contractor health and safety oversight, computer programming and data management, and a little air emissions permitting and tracking.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:09 AM
Shooting for taking the Environmental PE in the Fall of 2013. Currently overseas with DOD and look to test in Korea. Will probably register with Oregon as others here have done the same and it has worked out as a Special Accomodations testing site. Not sure what other States I could also register with instead of OR if another State is "better" to get a PE within. No set Home State so no preference. Been out of school for more than 20 years (BS ME and ME EnvE), passed the EIT way back then. Have not taken the PE yet, many reason why not....need to check that block now though. Been searching the EB and it loks to be very informative. Scratching my head if I should go through an online course or not; like the ability to have help focus since its been so long from school. Been working the Env field for almost 20 years in many areas so have a good foundation. Any guidance is much appreciated. Good luck to everyone and Happy New Year, Hopefulyl this wil be Year of the PE!
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 08:27 PM
Hi, new member here. Just introducing myself... I've been out of school for around 10 years now (degree in Civil Engineering, with lots of extra Environmental Engineering courses). I passed the FE exam right after college. Since then, I've worked as a consulting environmental engineer (mostly in air), as well as (more recently) at a small-ish construction/contracting company handling construction management and basically any environmental issues we encounter.
I recently decided to take the Fall 2013 Environmental PE exam. In reviewing some materials (Lindenberg's reference manual and sample questions; NCEES sample questions book), I'm a little nervous about the exam - mostly due to the wide variety of material covered. I have a lot to brush up on over the next few months! I signed up to take the School of PE online prep class which starts in September. I'm currently looking into what I can/should do to prepare prior to the School of PE prep class.
Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:43 PM
Welcome and good luck! You should have an excellent background with your education and experience. You probably don't need a prep course, but it can't hurt. Good luck!
Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:54 PM
Greetings everyone! Awesome site you have!
My environmental PE exam application was just approved by the state board so now it's crunch time! I have a chemical engineering degree but have spent the past 8 years doing mainly mechanical design and systems integration for OEMs specializing in manufacturing water treatment equipment.
I appreciate any advice that you all have to offer to help me pass this beast on the first try and hope to assist other future engineers in the same endeavor.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:23 PM
Read the pinned topics for advice from successful exam-takers of the past ~7 years. You can do it! I did it on the first try, and my original degree was in Mechanical Engineering. You are a little closer with your Chemical Engineering degree. You don't have all that much time, so get started right away.
I did it by working through the combination of PPI Env. Eng. Reference manual and the associated practice problems book. Skip all the math and thermo stuff and get right into the meat of the exam. To make the most of your time, set a schedule. I would recommend splitting the topics into water, air, solid and haz waste, and radiation/health and safety stuff. Of those, the water topics will likely take the most time to work through - you've got to work through hydraulics, drinking water treatment, aqueous chemistry, wastewater treatment, groundwater, and water resources. Maybe give yourself 4 weeks there. The other topics can go faster. Air is pretty fast and well covered by the PPI resources - I think I only spent a week on it (with prior work experience, though). Solid and Haz. waste require other resources, but can be worked through in a couple of weeks. The oddball stuff like radiation, noise, occupational safety & health, can be worked through fairly quickly as well, with the PPI stuff and a few of the recommended references (NIOSH chem. guide, emergency response guidebook, etc.).
Also get the NCEES practice exam and work through the relevant sections as you go, to make sure you have a good feel for what will be required on the actual exam. The practice exams offered by PPI are not bad, either, and the "101 questions" book was also valuable for me. Be sure to schedule a timed practice exam out of one of those toward the end of your study effort - it really helps.
It's a lot of material to cover in the amount of time you have, but it can be done as long as you are well organized and use your time wisely.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:09 AM
@ EX--all of what Dleg said, plus don't forget to come to this forum and post specific questions if you get stumped. There is a very diverse group of folks who regularly check in, and at least one of them will most likely be able to help you solve tricky questions!
Posted 31 July 2013 - 01:25 PM
Thanks Dleg! I've spent the past month reading through the Lindeberg text with the NCEES exam specification as a guide. My focus for the next 2-3 months is going to be doing problems and organizing my references. The last couple weeks will be spent simulating the actual test with practice exams.
Thanks to this forum the references I've compiled:
ENVRM by Lindeberg
Solved Problems by Schneiter
NCEES PE Environmental sample questions and solutions
RCRA/CERCLA Orientation manuals
Air Pollution Control by Cooper/Alley
NIOSH Pocket Guide
Hazardous Waste Management by Lagrega
WW Engineering by Metcalf
Chemistry for Environmental Engineering by Sawyer
Environmental Law Handbook
Environmental Engineering Dictionary by Lee
Basic Environmental Technology by Nathanson
Environmental Engineering by Salvato
Applied Hydrogeology by Fetter
Water and Wastewater Calculations Manual by Lin
Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:53 AM
Looks like you've got it covered!
Good luck! Keep us informed how you do, and of course, ask any questions along the way. It's been several years now since I passed the exam, but I'm currently re-living it all through a masters program, so maybe I can actually be helpful in here again!
Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:23 PM
I'm barely getting started and I'm quite overwhelmed looking at the air topics!! I have a Masters in Environmental Engg but my courses were all focused on Water/Wastewater and my work experience in remediation. Never really taken courses in air. What should by main focus be in air? Are psychrometry problems, cooling tower problems etc important?? What should I start with? I would greatly appreciate any pointers/advice.
ALso, do the school of P.E review courses cover the air topics in depth?
Posted 09 August 2013 - 03:15 PM
Air has two sets of topics, the basic principles and controls. You should spend some time reading about regulations, emissions sources, atmospheric science, that sort of thing. There are 30 air questions. These topics are maybe a third of them and many are likely to be qualitative, so if you have a general understanding of those topics and know where to find them in your references, that will really help. Look into Gaussian plumes too - I didn't actually have any questions on them but I heard they're common.
Controls were very difficult for me. I don't get into air at work at all (I do remediation, stormwater, haz waste, site assessments) so I relied on a local review class and the EnvERM and they were insufficient. I passed the exam so I didn't get to see my diagnostic, but I know this was my worst section. The way the EnvERM covers control devices isn't great. I had a device question that didn't work with the provided equation in the EnvERM but luckily it had come up in my review class so I had the correct equation to use. I don't recall seeing anyone with a good recommendation for a reference on controls...it's a tough topic if you don't work in that area. I'd just review whatever materials you can find.
I did have a psychrometry problem but it wasn't a big focus my studying or on the exam. I guessed on that problem.
Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:46 PM
This book: lntroduction to Environmental Engineering by Davis and Cornwell has a good chapter on air, plus the sample exam problems.
Posted 10 August 2013 - 03:42 PM
Air Quality by Godish and Handbook of Air Pollution Control Engineering by Mycock (yeah, seriously) et al. were the ones I used.
The control problems are simple, and I'm not an air guy. You just plug in the variables into the highly empirical equations listed in the EnvRM and you are mostly set.
As for the principles, expect one of those awful downstream dispersion from a stack with that unwieldy equation and charts.
Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:29 PM
Thanks folks! Just got done with the "AIR controls" chapter in EERM and you're right.. EERM's coverage is way too broad.. Cooper and Alley goes into more depth.. I'm also working out some of the sample problems from Copoer and Alley.. we'll see how it goes! THanks once again for all the advice/suggestions!
Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:17 PM
I am taking Env PE exam in April. Wanted to buy LaGrega and Environmental Law handbook...
Please let me know if anyone have the books and wanted to sell it.
Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:37 PM
I'm planning on taking the PE in April...for the third time =/ But! First for Environmental. I took the Civil and Enviro with Water Resources emphasis the last two exam times and decided since 3 of my coworkers passed the Enviro exam on the first try maybe I should, too...and that closed conduit flow and Transportation were kicking my butt no matter how much I studied that!
Hopefully studying open channel flow, wastewater treatment, water treatment, etc. for the last year practically will help! That, and knowing what doesn't work for my study habits with a husband who's work travel has been ramped up, and two small children (though they get more independent by each exam date!).
Anyway, enough rambling/ranting =) Hopefully I'll find a lot of help here! I've got the EERM from my coworker who passed in October, but nothing else, so on to new referencs and looking through the posts/threads here to see what references are very benefical (I've already ordered the NIOSH pocket guide thanks to this forum, and have the ERG on hand, so woo!).
Oh! I guess maybe a bit of background...double majored in Agriculture and Civil Engineering (BSs), and work for the state in wastewater, storm water, and air quality...permitting and inspecting. Though I'm not very confident in air quality stuff..however, I guess taking the Environmental exam should have been obvious, but I got all the Civil PE exam study material from a friend...who's emphasis in school was transportation and only worked in structures since graduation...she passed first time with the transportation exam and figured it would be easier to "remember/study" stuff I learned in college rather than learn new things like hazardous waste and air quality for the most part...obviously that hasn't worked yet so fingers crossed I'll study well enough to pass the Environmental Exam...
...I'm a bit nervous to "jump ship" and start studying something "new", but I figure what's the worst that can happen...I fail? Again?
Thanks anyone for reading this far...I get kind of long winded at times! I hope to find a lot of help on study materials, since I maybe have some relevant wastewater books at most. So far, I wish I would have looked for a site like this a year ago since I've found lots of helpful info already!
Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:37 PM
My advice is to really commit yourself. Purchasing your own EERM and textbooks is a potential start - there's something about investing in the effort with your hard-earned money, that makes you feel more committed. Plus, the references come in handy for your real job, years and decades down the road. Trust me, I was a regulator too, and in that job, especially, you have the opportunity to branch out and get real experience in all of the fields of enviro engineering.
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