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  1. Nicely done. This should be nice for anyone taking the test.
  2. If you don't have it already, get the NCEES practice exam. I thought that provided a good set of problems to prepare for the actual exam.
  3. You say you are taking the PE in transportation due to being good at horiz and vert curves and superelevation. Is this what you do in a day to day job? The best test you can take is what you do on a day to day basis. I used School of PE and was able to pass on the first try. I like the theory of working to max your morning score as the questions cannot be very in depth as they cover such a wide breadth of topics. This way if curve balls come in the afternoon, its not as big of a problem. I would say work to improve your morning scores and that should help your overall performance. As previously suggested, look at your practice tests and see where you made mistakes and work to improve your knowledge and/or test taking tactics in those areas.
  4. Had some leftover shrimp scampi/pasta that the wife made the other night, good stuff
  5. It's been awhile, but I'm back! Question for you other H&H types. In HEC-RAS, when do you choose to use the energy only versus pressure and/or weir high flow methods? I have a project in which with the pressure/weir is selected, I'm overtopping by a foot or so, and if I choose energy only, the water surface is above the low chord upstream, but goes though the culvert. Local testimony indicates no overtopping in roughly 50 years. There is some filling in of the opening to protect historic aspects of the structure. Thanks!
  6. After a long hiatus. .. I'm baaaaack!
  7. I didn't take geo, but I can almost guarantee you will have more info than needed on multiple questions. They are testing your ability to read the question and find the relevant info to come to the correct answer. Practicing problems will help you to know what info you need for certain types of questions and what info you can ignore. Best of luck!
  8. I'm looking to move to Pittsburgh actually from the north central part of the state. I would think pay would be probably a little higher than Harrisburg, but maybe a little lower than Philly?
  9. Had the phone interview last week. Everything went well! They want to see me for an in-person interview. Sounds like my varied experience is appealing to them. I've been looking for over a year now off and on, here's hoping that this is finally the right move!
  10. Thanks for all the advice! I never thought about turning it around in the manner you both suggested, I will definitely keep that in mind. I think a key thing is to remember is to look at the whole benefit package. I think I will come up with my ideas of vacation time and salary with this info. Well, I am currently making around $60k per year, but in this part of the state I don't think it is too bad. Does that seem bad for someone with 6 years experience?
  11. I am looking at moving from working for a state DOT to a private firm. I am moving from a more rural area to a city. I used to try to figure out what kind of salary would be reasonable to ask for when moving to the city, and I'm getting median numbers that are $10-15k higher than what I am making now. Does this seem unrealistic? At the state DOT we are tied to a pay scale. Managers pay was frozen for several years, and their scales haven't caught up with the union covered scales. So I figure I am around $1.10 an hour behind where I should be. Plus, a one time bonus and no raise for getting my P.E. I have an interview set up this coming week with the new firm I'm hoping to work for and I don't want to get laughed out of the room if I come to them with an absurd request for salary. I have one year of construction management experience and 5 years of transportation experience with the last 7 months being in a supervisory position. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
  12. I'll never forget the first time I drove this road. I was relying on the Verizon navigator and it was pitch black out. I had never taken this route before, but I was trusting it would get me back to my apartment ASAP so I could get to my first day of work the next day. My route took me from the right side of the page, turning right and going away from where the photo was taken. Shortly after that curve at the top of the picture the cell service cut out and I was like great, I don't even have a clue where I am. It came back as I continued on to the next town. Little did I realize I was riding right through downtown Centralia.
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