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Mutha PE PS

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About Mutha PE PS

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    Civil
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  1. This guy is wrong. I've heard this "logic" written on a lot of these forums "Why would you get a PE in a state you don't work in if you're not going to stamp drawings?." It's just argumentative drivel, don't listen to it. You're not going to be in a position to stamp drawings UNTIL you have your PE. Saying you shouldn't try to get it before you're in a position to use it is like saying you shouldn't go to college until you have a job offer that requires a B.S. degree. Furthermore, with regards to stamping drawings, the state you need to be registered in is the state where the project is located, not the state where you live or the state where you work. Does your firm, or other firms in your area do work in Connecticut? If so, being a registered PE in that state would absolutely be valuable. Even if you're not doing work in the neighboring state, your employer knows you could go to another firm that does and make more money. Therefore, he is likely to do things to try to get you to stick around. WHEN WORKING ON FEDERAL PROJECTS, A PE/PLS IN ANY STATE IS GOOD ENOUGH. IT DOESNT MATTER WHERE YOU ARE OR WHERE YOUR PE/PLS IS FROM
  2. www.acornsales.com you will get a .tif and .dfx of the seal as well as the stamp.
  3. Well I am now licensed in 5 states as a PS and one as a PE. For the most part, the requirements fro the PS states on the law side are all very similar. The difference is in what each state allows you to do as a surveyor. Example, SC and KY will allow only surveying activities such as boundary and topos, no design of any kind allowed. NC and GA surveyors have lots of freedom to design and develop plans which in my opinion makes the PS more valuable to have.
  4. Yes there are overlaps, but the longer exams usually require testing knowlege of storm drain design, road design, and sometimes gravity sanitary sewer. Personally, I think there should a test for the metes and bounds states and a test for the public lands states and that is it. It is extremely difficult to get a number of PLS's in multiple states.
  5. Some states are better than others. Kentucky let me know with in 3 hours of completing the test that I had passed. I took the GA state specific in April and found out I passed yesterday. All of the other states I have tested in take just as long as the other exams they adminstered. Also, not every state is a 2 hour exam. MD is a 6 hour exam given on Thursday and GA is a 8 hour exam given on Saturday.
  6. The only benefit I see from it becoming closed book and reference supplied is that it would make it easier to incorporate as o a computer based test which could be graded faster and allow candidates to take/retake sooner... But I don't think they are looking to necessarily make anything easier for the consumer.
  7. Moral of the story: Not everyone gets a trophy in real in life. There are winners and losers. Kids need to learn this fact early on so they can cope with real life situations. I have an 8yr old and a yr old and have been told many times already that "I'm the worst Dad in the world!"; But I'm ok with that. They are learning there are consequences and hard gets rewarded and bad choices have consequences. They should be able life when everything doesn't always go as planned.
  8. Love these cut score/ conspiracy threads.
  9. I was just poking fun at my 'self-unemployed' status which truly leads to a dimensionless salary. I think it is [was] far easier to earn fatty $$ as a surveyor than as an engineer, if you're self employed anyways, or a small firm. Before the housing bubble burst, one guy i knew was pulling in over 6 figs mainly just doing mortgage "surveys" with the occasional boundary survey thrown in. I imagine he ain't doing too well now... I do hear more negativity about surveyors when you're talking about the colonial states (such as SC) versus the public land survey system (plss) states. What I feel is really killing the profession is people giving their work away - an ALTA survey that would normally be bid out at $1200-1300+ goes to some douchebag throwing a $350 quote?! People freak out in a recession and cut their costs on everything - they make no money to justify even doing the work, and the client sure doesnt get what by law he should...some people have no business being in business Agreed!!!!! But the ALTA is still too cheap, even at $1300.00! I will have to admit that recently I have had to turn work away because I refuse to prositute my services to get a job, that I know before I even leave the building, I am in the hole.
  10. Don't let EM pull the wool over your eyes. surveyors can make good money, but we fight amongst ourselves way too often and end up cutting our throat! There is definitely more money on the engineering side. Consulting is feast or famine. There is is a lot of famine out here right now. I have worked in both local government and private consulting. I prefer the private consulting even in tough times, as it is more rewarding personally for me.
  11. Don't bother filing. There is not going to be any money for those who get a refund. The Employment Security Commission here has been losing $1million a month now for about 8 months.
  12. My stamp has the license # E-407**. It does not have the '-6' at the end. I expect that any reputable stamp/seal retailer will know what the Wisconsin spec on it is. Mine reads "E-407**-6". Anyone get a license in the mail yet? mine does not have the "-6" on it either. If you to the code A-E-2, it does not show the "-6" on the seals.
  13. Spydy, I took Transpo twice and each time the Roadside guide was not with me. There were at least 3 problems that came directly from that reference each time and i was left guessing, and got them wrong. I switched to Water Resources this time and i personally thought it was much easier. The questions seemed to be clear on what exactly they were asking. I am sure that I didn't do as well on the Environmental mental side, but I felt that I made up for that shortcoming by being stronger on the water resources. The transpo depth is definitely about knowing which reference they are getting the question from and then deciphering what answer they want as there are usually more than one way to get the solution. If you are going to go Tranpo in the afternoon , get all the required references and know your way around them. Mutha: Thanks for your response. My only problems is that I am not too strong on Hydrographs. I know the fundaments but not the in-depth knowledge. I agree so far it appears that the transpo problem goes through a lot of hoops to solve them. Could you direct me somewhere (text books , website, etc) where I could go and get a great review on Hydrographs. I am really weak on those topics and CERM does not do a good job on the subjetc matter? Could you recommnd a good textbook on Hydrology, ex., the one you personally brought into the exam that helped for Water Resources afternoon passing grade? The NRCS has the National Engineering Handbook that can be downloaded for free and contains lots of great information. Part 630 covers Hydrology but there are several other subjects you may want to look at. I also carried in a local Stormwater Design manual. They are all pretty much the same, but Maryland has one that can be downloaded and is chock full of useful information. I also took the ASCE PE review and they do a really good job of reviewing hydrographs.
  14. Spydy, I took Transpo twice and each time the Roadside guide was not with me. There were at least 3 problems that came directly from that reference each time and i was left guessing, and got them wrong. I switched to Water Resources this time and i personally thought it was much easier. The questions seemed to be clear on what exactly they were asking. I am sure that I didn't do as well on the Environmental mental side, but I felt that I made up for that shortcoming by being stronger on the water resources. The transpo depth is definitely about knowing which reference they are getting the question from and then deciphering what answer they want as there are usually more than one way to get the solution. If you are going to go Tranpo in the afternoon , get all the required references and know your way around them.
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