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  1. Thank you sir for the feedback, I am gonna take the ICC Welding exam and after I get more experience I most likely will take the CWI exam.
  2. At my small firm, we bill out approximately 160-220 hours per month/engineer. We are a geotechnical/construction engineering firm and I wanted to get a feel for what was normal with other firms? I've only worked for one firm and would like to know what other firms are doing on an hourly/engineer basis. I know some factors such as job responsibilities can come into play but just wanted to get a feel for what other firms do.
  3. That is how it is in my area in Tennessee, I am one of the few that have any of the ICC Certifications. I am going ahead and studying to do the ICC Welding since I just passed the Structural Bolting Exam. I thought my studying days were behind once I passed the PE, boy was I wrong lol
  4. Special inspection as a whole has finally started to be a requirement in our area. I don't know if it deals with better educated building officials or what but anyhow I am looking at which certification I should look at getting? We do a great deal of inspection work for our quality control projects and I want to be sure I get the correct one
  5. Those fields make sense to me, at my firm recently we hired someone with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He is related to the branch manager which is how he got the job but it still has me scratching my head how that will work out. We focus in civil/geotechnical work primarily
  6. I wanted to hear other thoughts on it, would you or your firm hire someone who did graduate with an Engineering degree but in a different field from what you practice? Assume it's from an ABET accredited intitution and the individual has not taken the FE.
  7. If you look back at previous pass rates for construction it always been the lowest or close to the lowest passing rate for civil. I don't think I have seen a pass rate above 60% for it.
  8. They mean absolutely nothing but frequently are used to gauge how stressed someone is about the results. I think if you contact PPI about anything you get put in the spam mail system.
  9. Mine didn't change after I donated Friday. This board definitely helped me keep my sanity.
  10. gb25

    Oct 2015

    I have to agree the wait was far worse than taking the exam
  11. I definitely recommend EET. I remember at least two or three class sessions that I had where I had a "light bulb" moment and was like damn this class was worth the price. The depth notebook never left my desk during the exam
  12. I second this I passed and had the same screens you were talking about
  13. @matt267 PEno I took Construction it was my third run at it, hence I wanted to try a new approach and went with EET. They were great!
  14. I passed as well after taking the classes offered by EET!
  15. I failed twice before I passed and I will breakdown how I approached the exam each time (in summary) until I passed: First Run: I gathered way too many practice problems from the other focuses and none on my actual focus of construction. - I had the six minute solutions to each one except construction because it didn't exist at the time - I had random civil pe exams that I found online In other words I was very prepared for the morning but not at all for the afternoon save for having some of the codes. I had based my assumptions on the exam after taking the NCEES practice exam thinking yeah I got this ( I was very wrong). Taking the actual exam I thought the morning was a breeze and the afternoon crushed me and it showed in my diagnostic. I also had been studying somewhere in the realm of 200 hours. Second Run: I licked my wounds and came up with a plan. I knew I needed to really bring my construction knowledge so I bought everything from "" in the form of review manuals and practice problems and then I bought every spec ( yes this got expensive). I studied about 100 hours (I had alot of stuff with my house hit me before the exam I had to deal with) and I also did 580 practice problems. Going into the exam I felt much more prepared and felt pretty good about both sections. I failed again but my score was much higher. This one hit me pretty hard but I eventually shook it off. Third Run: After going through the EB boards and asking for some advice I got some great tips from @John QPE and took the review class offered by EET. I am here to tell you that for the price this class cannot be beat. I took both the sections offered through the on demand option and it was great. Including class time I had about 158 hours and I did 845 problems this go around, it paid off because I finally got that pass notification! Sorry for the long spill I have been at this a long time but in summary here's advice from someone who has failed multiple times and finally passed. - Buy/borrow every spec/code the NCEES reccommends - Also buy the NCEES practice exam they offer in your discipline - Buy/borrow every book the NCEES practice exam quotes in the solutions section (no these are not on the official list but I swear you won't be disappointed). Just trust me when you get a question and your like where the f*ck did that pull that from you will know if you have the right books. - Take at least the depth portion of exam review offered by EET. These guys will make you think of stuff you didn't even know would be on the exam. They are also lightning fast with responding to emails if you have questions. - If your taking construction or transportation I heavily suggest also looking at "", it's a great site and has some valuable study material.
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