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  1. Kovz

    Electrical PEs

    I was in consulting engineering for 8 years of my career and it was a requirement for many projects to be stamped by a PE. I am now working for an electric utility company, and although a PE is not required, nor do I ever need to stamp drawings, it is heavily pushed by management that they want all of the engineers to pursue getting their PE. I think it validates the engineer as a qualified individual.
  2. I had no problems having pencil marks for all my notes in my reference material. However I made a conscious effort to put my pencil down on the scantron during the exam and only pick it up when I was going to fill in a bubble. There was no way I was going to go back and highlight or retrace all my notes.
  3. I've worked for 2 consulting firms and I am now working for a utility company. All 3 jobs I have had to fill out timesheets. They are considered salary positions but it's still hourly pay.
  4. Yes, in the past, the index was good enough to bring for the exam. There are PDF versions out there, so people would just print the index to save on room from carrying an extra book. A question could be something along the lines of what section can such and such be found under in the NESC. However, like others have said, it's worth bringing the whole book. I think I had a question that I had to look up a table in there.
  5. It was good enough for me... I passed on the first attempt, which is saying a lot, lol. Repetition is key. Do all of the exams several times.
  6. Complex Imaginary NEC Code Drillbook was helpful. There is also a practice exam in the back of Graffeo's book.
  7. Yep, same here. All 3 are beneficial. Spin-up was a little easier, but good practice on fundamentals. CI exams were a little more difficult, but still not exactly on par with difficulty level of the actual exam. NCEES practice book is the best for comparing level of difficulty. The CI drillbook was long and boring, but very helpful in learning how to navigate the code book. I did 150/300 problems and did well on the NEC portion of the PE exam.
  8. +1 Loved that reference. By far my go-to reference. Good post by SSKH. Solid advice all around.
  9. These slides may be of use https://www.dropbox.com/s/quhx1j90dupehoy/Energy%20Managment.pdf?dl=0
  10. Sorry, I reorganized my Dropbox files after the exam. Here's an updated link. I'll also update the post from last year. https://www.dropbox.com/s/5semifk68myrlm7/Protective_Relaying.pdf?dl=0
  11. Invest in yourself. Spend the money and whatever it takes to pass the exam. It's worth in the long run. Especially when you get a job because you're a PE and it pays wells over your career.
  12. I would recommend definitely buying all 5 spin-up exams, 4 complex imaginary practice exams, NCEES practice exam, Graffeo practice exam, and maybe CI Code Drillbook. Doing each exam at least twice. Repetitiveness helped me learn the material. And I can't say enough positive things about Graffeo's book. It was like my bible when studying. I had several pages highlighted and extra notes written in it, but it was my go-to resource out of the 11 references I brought into the exam.
  13. I also studied the PPI review manual. This was the 2nd edition by Lindeburg. It was a little older and formatted for the paper and pencil exam, but still sufficed for learning the material on the CBT exam. I also had two other PPI practice books: Electrical - Discipline-Specific Review for the FE/EIT Exam (Second Edition) by Rober B. Angus, PE, John E. Hajjar, Abdulrahman Yassine, with Michael R. Lindeburg, PE. FE Exam Review - Electrical and Computer Engineering by Myron E. Sveum, PE My strategy was doing as many practice problems as I could. Several rounds of each chapter/section. I didn't care much for reading the chapters. I would just try working the practice problems and looking at the solutions to figure out how to solve that type of problem. If I still didn't understand it, I would try to look it up online or Youtube. I found this user very helpful: https://www.youtube.com/user/raiyaenergy/playlists I probably worked the practice problems in each chapter about 5 times each. Repetitiveness was the key to my success. I think your studying strategy is ok. Of course more hours may help. But I wouldn't register again for the exam until you build up your confidence again and feel prepared to ace it. That may be another 3 months of studying, or maybe 6 months worth. But like I said, focus on the Math. It will help overall in a lot of the other section.
  14. Pigking, don't give up. I struggled passing the FE electrical as well. Finally got it on my 4th try. But hey, I passed the PE on my first attempt. I figured out how to study on my own and what worked for me. A review course for the FE did not help in my case. It was 3 years post-graduation and I actually did worse than the first time I took the exam my senior year. Fast forward to 6 years post-grad, when the exam became CBT, I studied my butt off for 6 months, and failed... then another 2 months worth of studying and finally passed. Timing and becoming faster was my biggest focus between the 3rd and 4th attempts. I think it may be worthwhile hiring a tutor for the Math section. That is one area that has a lot of weight on the exam. If you get the math down and ace that section, it should help improve your math skills for the other sections as well. I went on Craigslist and found a math tutor from a local university and studied with him once a week. It was very helpful. How much study time did you have in preparing for this exam? Ultimately, I think you need to dig down and find your motivation to push yourself hard. Put in the time and make it your number one priority. You can and will do this.
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