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  1. Yeah it kind of sucks having to use vacation time for the PE exam, but if you pass I guarantee you will feel like it was completely worth it. I did. This test and the required preparation sucks big time, so you must do everything in your power to improve your chances of passing. Now three years later, I don't remember the vacation time that I used. I guarantee I WOULD remember had I failed the exam.
  2. When I took the test a few years back, I took the entire week off. Didn't study the entire time, but used it for last minute preparations, relaxing, etc. More importantly, it prevented anything stressfull from happening at work that week that may have effected the test. I feel it was completely worth it.
  3. Matt-NM

    Over It

    From here on out, just practice locating subjects in MERM very quickly. Go through many problems and practice locating the material you would need to use. You don't have to work the problems, just work the approach. This will also let you know if you are lacking on your tabbing of MERM or are lacking on other resources you are going to use. Remember, you must be quick. Stumbling on a series of questions can end it all very quick.
  4. I took the test in Albuquerque in April 2008. The tables sucked. They were narrow and seemed to be very tall. I remember the MERM, and other books, being at about chest height. It was hard to see unless I tilted them upward, which was a pain. There were two people per table, and even floor space was sparce. You could tell that they were set up by facility people without any concern to what type of event was taking place. Bottom line, don't assume that you will have the space equivalent to what you were probably used to studying with.
  5. I'd say it has come on stronger the last few years. I passed the PE in April of 2008. I do remember the same type of thing years ago, but probably to a lesser extent. I guess I always have to consider whether I want to do this forever. How many people work to make a living -vs- work in their dream job? Maybe some soul searching is needed.
  6. Glad to see i'm not alone. The "one click away" is probably my biggest problem. My mind wonders, thinks of something, and then I feel like I need to go find out everything about it. If I don't have deadlines, I also find it difficult buckling down. I sometimes wish my boss was actually a little more in my face about work. Maybe I just need a wakeup call.
  7. I've done the EIT/PE. I'm not sure if it's this specific job, or engineering in general. I can't say that I hate the job. It can actually be ok. It's just the buckling down and getting into it without distraction that i'm having problems with. I grew up doing physical labor/hands on jobs. Of course those are easier to get going on because if you're not moving, you're not working. In an engineering job that takes place mostly at a desk, there is very little physical difference between doing nothing and working hard. This is all I can figure.
  8. I am having a huge problem with motivation at work right now. It has been like this for some time. I have a boss that only checks in once in a great while, as I basically do work for other customers. I seem to get distracted with everything. Anything that pops into my mind will take the focus off of work. I'm not sure if i'm just not interested, or if it's something else. Maybe I need to be on meds! Anybody else ever go through this? What got you through? Thanks.
  9. 1. Make sure you look at the outline mentioned in the beginning of MERM. There are chapters that you really don't need to go through. 2. Skim through all the chapters first just so you get an idea of the quantity of material that will be represented. 3. Go through the example problems in the chapters. 4. Make sure you get the 6-minute solutions and sample exam (NCEES and Lindeburg) problems. Honestly, I worked problems mainly from these, as opposed to the problems in the MERM chapters. Those just seemed to complex. You may want to skim through them briefly along with the solutions just for further reassurance, but I wouldn't base my study on them. Many people don't look at the NCEES sample exam until close to test time. I looked at it right away and felt that it gave me a better idea about the question format. The format is somewhat different to the way Lindeburg writes the questions. 5. I would add tabs right away as you go through. They don't have to be perfect now. Just get them down and then you can go back later and fine tune them. I tabbed the hell out of my MERM, but had a good system of being able to locate them. They won't hurt by being there, as long as you are practiced with using them. I followed these guidelines and was able to pass on the first attempt (MD). I took the exam in April 2008. This was an exam where most people posted that both the morning and afternoon sections were extremely difficult. I agreed. Most of the time it seems as if one is relatively easier and then the other is killer. I came out of the exam thinking I had a 50/50 chance of passing. I was fortunate.
  10. I had pencil written notes in my MERM and they didn't have a problem with it (NM). I think every state is different. You might want to call the board and ask them. I think I actually called and asked them and they were ok with it. If you can't get an answer you might want to ink them in just to be sure. Probably a pain to do at this point, but it might actually serve as a review to go back and see what you wrote. Good luck!
  11. At this point, make sure your MERM is completely tabbed in a very organized manner. Then practice locating subjects in it very quickly. Go through hundreds of problems and identify in MERM where the subject matter would be. You don't have to work them all, just practice locating the subject. Believe me, time flies in the exam. You DO NOT want to get caught on a few problems that throw your pace off. It will be all over. Also spend time going back through past threads on these very subjects. This was crucial for me, and I also wrote a few after completing the test. Learn from what others have done in the past. It could be the difference. Good luck.
  12. I have toyed with this idea in the past as well. Like you said, however, my profits would take a major hit due to my own actions. I would be lucky to break even!
  13. I have considered going back for a masters degree. Here's a quick summary, in my situation at least, of the pros and cons... Cons 1. Do it part time while working and spend the next 5 years in school. 2. Do it full time and make no money for the next 2 years. 3. I don't know if the interest is there. 4. It won't really help in my current company, either salary or promotion wise. Pros 1. Gaining the knowledge from the masters. 2. At the national labs, the respect for engineers really begins at the masters level. BS engineers are really the design grunts for the Ph.d's. You cannot, in most cases, get an actual enginering job (unless you are a contractor) for the national labs as an engineer with only a BS. You would be considered a "Technologist" as opposed to "Technical Staff". 3. Self satisfaction, similar to why I got the PE.
  14. Matt-NM

    Good Luck!

    At this point focus on skimming through subjects and being able to locate them quickly. Make sure your test kits (books, entrance form, snacks, drinks, etc) are together and ready to go. Know the way to the exam if you for some reason don't know by now! Have alternate routes in the event of bad traffic/accident. Remember they won't let you in late regardless of the reason. Pick a movie you have always enjoyed and watch it tomorrow night. Basically reward yourself for all the hard work you have done up to this point. Think back to the first time you saw it and all the hard work, trials and tribulations that have taken place since. There is a reason you are at this point. Not everybody can do it. Try not to stress out and just do your best. Best of luck to all. And don't forget to study engineering economics. There were probably 5 questions on econ when I took the exam a couple years ago.
  15. If I got paid for my hobby I would be making decent money to hunt, fish, and fly! Some good venting going on here. I can relate to almost everyone. The fact that it's ok not to love your job(how many people actually do?) or that many others get bored after a while as well is comforting. Another thing, and I may start a separate thread, is the fact that I look relatively young and come off as being a nice person. That's just my personality. I have discovered these things to be career suicide. Unless I am imagining things, I just get the feeling that nobody listens to anything I say, regardless of how much I know. In metings, people sometimes talk over me but will listen to others without interrupting. On the phone (I guess I sound more mature) I can get people to pay attention to me, but as soon as they see me and learn my real personality, it seems like it all goes out the window. I know other people can probably relate to these things. What methods do you use that work? I hate to change my personality, and become an artificial as***le, but sometimes I feel like I might not have a choice if I want peoples attention.
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