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  1. 13 hours ago, homerca said:

    I believe you need to have at least 10 years qualified experience for FE waiver. Why don't you just take the FE exam, it is not that difficult and will give you a lot of mobility for the certification.

    In CA, electrical engineer unlike civil engineer, you could find electrical engineers who are exempt from PE for references, as long as they are in the position to decide whether you are qualified for the PE.  But I believe all these references should cover enough time for exemption. That is another reason why I would encourage you to take the FE exam first,  you only need 2 years experience rather than 10 years.  The document would give you enough information for the references.




    If I understood correctly, I don't think her issue is with taking the FE or not.  Whether she is approved for the FE waiver or she passes the FE... I think her issue/question is about obtaining the proper references for the PE application since most of her supervisors are/were not PEs but are 'exempt'. 

  2. 5 hours ago, JJK said:

    I graduated with a BSEE in 1988 and I am just getting ready to take the PE exam in Oct 2018.  I have the EIT from 1989.  I am trying to decide if I should take the PE in EE or in CE.

    Since I have not done any design work in over 25 years, I figured CE might be easier.  Is that allowed and is it advised?

    Forgetting what is "easier", what kind of engineering do you practice now?  

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  3. 22 hours ago, k.heezy said:
    1. 04/21/17 - Took NCEES 8 hour exam
    2. 05/25/17 - Received results notice from NCEES. Passed 8 hour. 
    3. 07/03/17 - Mailed my application package for licensure via USPS priority mail (with a tracking number)
    4. 07/05/17 - CA BPELSG received my application package (tracked with tracking number)
    5. 07/12/17 - CA BPELSG cashed the check in my application package
    6. 07/20/17 - Received email from CA BPELSG, stating that my application package was received
    7. 07/24/17 - Received email from CA BPELSG, stating that my application package was referred to technical review
    8. 09/05/17 - Received email from CA BPELSG, stating that my application package was technically approved
    9. 09/12/17 - Received both Authorizations to Test for Fall 2017 CA Exams 
    10. 10/24/17 - Took CA Seismic exam
    11. 11/07/17 - Took CA Engineering Survey exam
    12. 12/18/17 - Received result notice for both Seismic and Survey exams. Passed both. 
    13. 12/20/17 - Received license number

    Dang, 8 months, that's pretty bad A.  I think I started filling out my reference forms and application late 2009/ early 2010, applied, studied for a while, took one exam at a time every 6 months, got my license late 2011/early 2012.  24 months for me. 

  4. 10 hours ago, ruggercsc said:

    Some HOA's would put a lien on your property if allowed by State Law and the DCCR's for violations (A lot of times they can only file liens for unpaid assessments. In some rare circumstances some HOA'S have actually foreclosed on homes for not paying fines.  

    At some point you might check your title to see if any liens have been paced on it. This was common practice by HOA's before the Great Recession, but a lot of them stopped the practice.  HOA's liens were pretty far down the waterfall after tax lien's, mortgage lien's, municipal lien's for code violations, etc.  HOA's  were never getting their lien's paid off, so some stopped the practice.  

    I could be totally remembering this incorrectly but, from what I recall, the law is different when it is the main monthly HOA dues that you are not paying vs. the late fees/fines that you are not paying.  I thought my research (at the time) indicated an HOA can not evict/foreclose you if it is only fines that are not being paid.  In my case, I have always been current on my main monthly dues - it was the fines that I refused to pay.  I guess they could have placed a lien on my house with the judgement they were awarded in court.  Luckily they did not.  

  5. When I bought my current house (gated community) in late 2008, it was a foreclosure (great recession) (.....the only reason I was able to buy in this neighborhood - I got a "$550k" house for $340k).  Well, the front yard grass was dead, right?  It took all my resources at the time to get into this house so I was nearly broke.  I couldn't afford sod.  So I went with grass seed.  It was coming in but apparently not fast enough for the HOA.  Warnings turned to fines, fines turned to fines with late fees, etc.  I refused to pay.  They took me to small claims court.  They won.  I still refused to pay.  I let my credit take the hit because I was so stubborn to pay.  To this day, I can't explain it but eventually it was marked as a 'paid' judgment on my credit report.  :confused:  I then disputed it with the 3 credit bureaus and even the 'paid judgment' was removed from my reports.  

    I had built an 8'x8' Tough Shed on  my side yard around 2010.  It sticks over the 6' fence maybe 1'.  In 2016, I got a violation for it stating it is visible from the street and was not approved.  Really?, 6 years later you notice?  lol  I had to retroactively submit an ($100!!!!) architectural review for it as well as obtain adjacent neighbors' signatures for their ok.  I paid the $100 (that hurt) and got the signatures.  The HOA approved it with the requirement to screen it from view from the front.  I added some vine type plants to screen it.  All is good.  

    There are pros and cons to an HOA.  I do like that they keep the neighborhood looking good but it is annoying when they bust your b@lls over little things.  My friend has no HOA and when I visit him, it drives me nuts to see trash cans left out days after trash pickup, cars with car covers, cars on jacks, boats on driveways, trailers on the driveways, RVs, etc. but I also don't care for Nazi HOAs.  So, a moderate HOA is ideal for me.  





  6. 13 hours ago, Tprao said:

    Hi all,

    I have a question regarding California PE. I have a Texas PE in civil and I am planning to get license in California too. I understood that I have to pass two more exams (Seismic and Surveying). 

    My question is do I have to travel to California to write those exams? Or do they have any exam centers out side California. 

    I am a newbie in this forum. If the same topic is already been discussed somewhere, I appreciate if someone can guide me to the link. 






    You can test at any authorized testing center, even outside of CA.  Good luck.




  7. On ‎12‎/‎29‎/‎2017 at 2:45 PM, GeoP said:

    ptatohed:  Thank you for the spelling corrections, they were a little embarrassing.

    My degree is already accredited by the Washington Accord and so it should be accredited by ABET.  In 1989 ABET set themselves up in a niche market.  That's very well but they shouldn't have just obliterated everyone else's existing certification from before that date.   Just like in the UK the equivalent of ABET, being the UKEC who also set up the Accord didn't suddenly obliterate my degree accreditation but kept it accredited.   Just like apple can bring out new phones but they can't or shouldn't destroy the existing ones already in circulation.

    I just lost a conditional job offer because the employer wanted my degree to be ABET accredited.  This employer based candidates qualification requirements on being ABET accredited, because little did they realize that ABET do not accredit degrees from before 1989.  ABET should have made that clear to employers, as it conflicts with equal opportunity policies.   The Washington Accord is what employers should be following and not ABET.

    I intend to get the EIT and then this will be behind me.  However, do you know how hard it was from me to find a state board that will let me take the FE exam without ABET accreditation?  Again because they don't know that ABET have excluded everyone from before 1989 and not because my degree does not meet standards.

    Since 1988 I've always been an engineer, it is my profession.

    Hope this makes it clearer.

    George, I asked how much engineering experience you have because (not knowing which state you are in but providing you an example) in CA, you can apply for a waiver of the FE Exam and go straight to the PE Exam (if approved) with 17 years of experience.


  8. George, I made the spelling corrections you asked for.  I am also moving this thread to General Engineering as it doesn't seem to specifically relate to the PE Exam. 

    A few questions....

    What is it exactly that you are trying to accomplish that not having an ABET accredited degree prevents you from doing?  I ask because I know a few engineers who are (great) PEs and have no college degree. 

    Also, what would it take to turn your non-accredited degree into an accredited one?  Retaking a few classes?  Retaking 20 classes?  

    Have you been working in engineering since graduation?  

  9. 11 hours ago, ulua808 said:

    Merry Christmas ptotohed! Thanks for your reply. I try to maintain the original author's lettering when using an equation, thus the use of "g" (for the grade in decimal) instead of "G". For reference to the problem, I was looking at Practice Exams for the Civil PE Exam by Indranil G., Pg. 129, problem 130. For reference to the equation used, please see the attached image. It makes sense that the SSD will be shorter on an upslope and longer on a downslope, just couldn't nail down where to find this explanation.


    ulua, you are welcome.  :) I see what you are saying.  But, really, these SSD formulas (and  variable 'G') ultimately come from AASTO's GDHS, right?  AASHTO uses G.  But, regardless, you are right.  The use of +/- G is not explained very clearly.  Either in the GDHS or, as you mentioned, in Dr. Goswami's book.  But, now you know.  :) Best of luck on the exam!   

  10. On ‎12‎/‎23‎/‎2017 at 4:57 PM, ulua808 said:

    When finding the stopping sight distance using the following equation 

    SSD = 1.47 Vt + (V^2 / 30(f ± g))

    how do we know when to use f+g or f-g? (Unable to find any explanation like “with a downslope, use f+g”.)


    Merry Christmas ulua.  First, you should use G, not g.  g equals gravity as in 'a' as in deceleration (f x g) (friction x gravity) (typically 0.35 x 32.2 = 11.2 ft/s).  [See GDHS eqns 3-2 and 3-3]  G equals longitudinal street grade.  G, in the formula you provided, is positive on an upslope/upgrade and negative on a downslope/downgrade.  This is because SSD (stopping sight distance) is increased on a downslope and decreased on an upslope.  [See GDHS table 3-2]  Does that make sense?  

  11. On ‎4‎/‎28‎/‎2016 at 9:16 PM, jijir83 said:

    Curious... Are we not allowed to save these index files somewhere for later access by others? Also, why doesn't PPI or whoever keep at least the previous version posted? I understand that they want to make people think that they absolutely need the next version, but you would think that they'd try to be helpful. This might be my new goal of time-wasting. Gather all index files for 5 years. So far got two. Next three to go. :-D

    jiji, I have the past 5 edition.  :P 



    On ‎12‎/‎20‎/‎2017 at 7:57 AM, tes said:

    Hi Everyone, I am looking for CERM Index for the 14th edition. Please share me if you have one. Here is my email for you


    tes, no need to double post.  And no need to publicly post your e-mail address when the direction was to PM.  ;)   Sent.  Good luck.     

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