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  1. I agree with will and mmcdowell. It sounds like the original poster is trying to take the class twice, for the price of one, before sitting for the exam the first time. That might be the problem. They seemed like a good company when I dealt with them, so I doubt they will intentionally try to screw anyone over.
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    John Q, I think the Admins got it when everyone was scrambling to take the test before the Leed GA was implemented. I'm not sure though, is it true that the GA came along afterwards? Also, I think you are correct about the designation, as a lot of them just say Leed AP without any particular discipline or field. I work in the structural engineer field, and I've gone back and forth on how useful/applicable it would be in my line of work. Thanks for all of the info.
  3. To my knowledge, everything that you said is correct, in regards to MS vs. ME, and like you said, it all depends on the path that you want to take. As for future employers, in the private consulting world, I do not believe it matters which one you have. They see that you have a Master's degree and really do not dig into it much further than that. I doubt most of those doing the hiring could tell you the difference between the two. Also, for the most part, I believe the curriculum is pretty much the same, except that one requires a thesis, and one does not. Therefore, the technical design concepts that you will learn in the classes should be the same either way. Good luck with it whichever path you choose.
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    I looked into the GA and bought a study book. After looking through it though, I changed my mind (for now). I might give it a try some other time, but like some of you already said.... you just memorize stuff, pass the test, forget the material, do not use it again, etc. I wonder why they do not allow reference materials? All of us can reach over and grab reference materials in the workplace when we do not have something memorized. Another thing that was a little discouraging.... we have Administrative Assistants who went out and got certified. Nothing against them, but how much weight can it hold on an engineer's resume? Like VTEnviro said, I think when it became a big deal, everyone went out and took it, passed and that probably watered down it's value.
  5. I agree with the two previous posts: - I work in the private industry, and it can be very stressful at times, but the challenge can also make it fun, and rewarding when you see a finished project. There are a lot of different projects and it usually is not mundane or repetitive work. The government is probably less stressful as stated above, because the liability is lower and the work hours are like school bells a lot of time, and never work an hour of overtime. They are not under the same time pressure from private clients as private consulting engineers are. They also get paid left, and might not have the jobs that are as creative, due to the public funding the projects. - MWC PE made a really good point that even I had not thought of... the aspect of dealing with the architects and all other disciplines. It's possible that structural is a little more stressful because the consequences of error are so much greater and more expensive to fix. When I had liability training after becoming license, the insurance companies told us that the structural field is where most of the claims come from, and where most of the money is paid out. - I agree with blybrook, bonuses have always been slim to none where I work. I currently do get paid overtime, it's just my straight hourly rate, it's not 1.5 or anything like that. I usually average about 10% above my base annual salary due to my overtime, so that can give you an idea of the average number of overtime hours worked annually. The next level that I get bumped up to is when I lose the overtime pay. Also, it was not bad advice to try and get a job before jumping into the Masters, if possible. That way you can try the field at first, and maybe even get your employer to contribute towards your tuition. Good luck with everything. It all depends on what you enjoy doing... the stress, overtime hours, etc are just part of the engineering field. Everything comes down to dollars, and the faster firms can get projects complete, with the smalles amount of money spent, then the better.
  6. I agree with PGM44. You can join a professional organization/society for less money than that and will get a lot more benefits other than just pdh's (networking, etc). Most, at minimum, have a meeting every month worth 1 pdh. That's 12 per year, not counting the vendor presentations, webinars, or any extra stuff the organization might offer. I recommend to Civil/Struct Engrs. Free online articles with a quiz at the end of each article. Then just print the pdh.
  7. If it’s not ABET accredited, than you’ll have to do credential evaluation of the degree you have at NCEES credential evaluations branch and they will determine if the degree you have from “not ABET accredited” university is “Equal” .. that’s it! And then the crazy part about that, for foreign students, it's usually the non-technical classes that prevent them from being able to sit for the exams. A friend of mine has an engineering degree from India (probably 20+ hrs more design courses than an ABET curriculum here in the U.S., and probably would be ranked fairly high in quality when compared to all ABET schools) and he has a master's in engineering here in the U.S. He can't sit for the FE/EIT exam because his undergrad does not meet U.S. undergrad curriculum. The courses he lacks are things like Art, nothing that would affect his technical or design abilities. Maybe that's just me, but that seems a little ridiculous.
  8. I've always wondered about this, and how it helps you and your salary? I guess in other words, how do you get your billing rate, and wouldnt the company just take what they want to pay you, use the multiplier, and that would be your billing rate. It seems to me like they can play with that how they want to their advantage. If they can bill out a lower rate, you get that rate divided by 3, and the cost to do the job looks good to the client.
  9. Here is one of those calculators for comparing salaries in two cities from CNN Money: I agree with SolomonB, make sure you consider everything. I know that my offers coming out of college, the private looked like more on paper, but when you got into the numbers, the DOT was actually a better offer. The gov't covered benefits, retirement, etc. With the private firm, I have to take a good percentage out of every pay check just to put away so that I can attempt retirement someday, and then the benefits is more out of every paycheck too. I went the private route, and I know that I'm making more now than I would be if I was at the DOT since graduation, but at first the two were pretty close. With the other salary references, I tend to find them to be a little high, but it's hard to say. Probably depends on the company, location, and the economy still doesnt appear to be back to normal.... or it might just be me. I wish I would have been a better negotiator in the beginning. Good luck with it all, keep us posted!
  10. Are you guys being paid like Chemicals or Environmentals? Probably an average of $20k less for an Environmental Engr, right?
  11. To answer your post question: "What is the world outside school like?" In my opinion, stressful, but rewarding. At least you are being paid for the work, unlike in college. I think you have received good advice from almost everyone, and I will try not to duplicate everything. You should not be that stressed out in college. And I agree with other posters, you do not need to choose your career based on the salary, or furthermore, especially the starting salary. Study what you think you will enjoy doing, and the money will come later. As some have already said, the master's is not necessary, but is on it's way to being required. I think even more important in Structural, and probably even a little more for the CA area, but I'm not in the west, so I can't say for sure. For now, it's just a competition with what your peers will have or not have when applying for the same job. My advice to students is: If you have a job lined up after undergrad, take the job. If you do not have any offers, go to grad school. I think the two years on the job experience is worth more than the 2 yrs spent in grad school and not working. Also, if you go ahead and take the job, you can work on the Master's in the evenings, and hopefully get some financial help through your employer. I still think the job market is a little sketchy, but there are things out there, they just take a little more effort to obtain than before the recession. Good luck.
  12. In my opinion, if you can find and have a job lined up when you finish the BSCE, then take the job. If you can't find a job, then the decision is made for you. I always recommend taking the job: 1) to start getting the experience and to help guarantee that you really want to do structural engineering, 2) you might be able to get the company to pay for you to go back and get the masters. It is not a necessity to have a master's to work in the structural engineering field, but I think it is starting to become more common. So, at some point in the future, it might put you on a level playing field with those who have the masters and are applying for the same position that you are. Lastly, I'm not sure how a planning degree would help you in a structural design position. So, if you feel like a masters is truly needed and want to work in structural, I wouldn't "plan" on the degree you already have doing much. Like the previous post said, if you are in the school mode, and have the money, (and in my opinion cant find a job right away) then definitely just go straight through and get the masters. More education can never hurt.... except for the wallet.
  13. Evo Design: For the onlinestructuraldesign site that you mention. Is there a way to switch from metric to english units?
  14. A friend of mine from grad school is having problems too. He received a bachelor's in engineering from India, and then recently did a Master's here in the U.S. He had to get his transcript from the school in India to send it in to state and/or NCEES to be evaluated. He also has about 20 yrs of experience. They came back and said that his bachelor's is insufficient. I've seen it, and it probably contains 25% more credit hours than my engineering degree, but the things they pointed out that it lacked would be similar to our social electives. I think it's crazy. They want him to go back to school to take classes in history, art, etc before he can take the PE? I do not see how those things would affect his ability as an engineer. In My Opinion.
  15. I agree that "licensed" sounds better, but my TN stamp has "registered"
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