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mikeyd917

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About mikeyd917

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    WA & ID

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    Construction
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    EIT
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    Civil
  1. PE Notes and References

    I'll back up John Q there, I think the majority of the people on this tread took the EET class, together actually, and we passed. we took the actual webinar vs the on-demand. it's nice being able to ask the guys questions.
  2. If i remember correctly, in my prep course, we always chose the conservative value as listed in the load chart. I know in the "real world", when planning a crane pick, you never interpolate the load chart.
  3. what are you going to do after exam day?

    yep, drank lots of beer the evening after the exam for a friend's birthday party. then slept basically the entire next day. then I spend the next 8 to 10 weeks hitting refresh...
  4. Hows Studying Going for October Exam?

    I used Mark DeSantis's practice exam and some of his reference notes. I also took EET's prep course. EET help a ton. One thing that was also very helpful is organization, I learned it as a part of EET's class and learncivilengineering.com's study prep guide. Build a note book, tab it by topics as shown on NCEES's testing standards and put reference materials, cheat sheets, practice problems in those tabs. Then take the practice exam using those note books. I had one for morning and one for afternoon. at the very least, know your reference material inside and out, take practice exams only using your reference materials. know where to find material you need. good luck, i took mine in April and passed.
  5. PE Notes and References

    Basically what everyone else said. The easiest depth will be the depth you have the most experience. Construction was easiest for me because I've been in construction management since I graduated college in 2003. I work for contractors so I have very limited structural design experience but a lot of project management, earthworks, survey, temporary design, materials testing, etc. I believe the construction exam was geared towards heavy civil and building construction. My advice would be to go to NCEES's website, download the exam standards and see which material makes the most sense to you. Then take that one. Good luck. Also, some personal advice, I tried to get some colleagues to tell me what to put on my application because I struggled figuring what to write. One guy said, "if you can't figure out the application, maybe you're not ready to take the exam." There's resources out there that can help you determine which depth is appropriate if it doesn't stand out, but none of us will be able to tell you which one will be the easiest (or correct) one for you.
  6. What color will the pencil be?

    Mauve...
  7. If I remember correctly, the problems will refer to the specification to be used for answering the problem, for example "according to ACI-347, blah blah blah..." As for the pressure calculations and limits, the problems are setup to push you towards the ACI formulas.
  8. PE Notes and References

    Agreed, I took EET's breadth and construction depth with the other two guys posting here. I mostly used the EET reference binders they mailed and built a breadth and depth binder of my own that I put all my solved problems in and cheat sheets. I also had CERM, steel manual, OSHA manual, and ACI SP4. I don't believe I opened the CERM, but the other three, especially the SP4, never left my desk during the depth. EET is a great course, use their material and study the locations of stuff in their material. When you take the simulated exam get yourself setup like you're walking into the actual exam that way you can really test your notes.
  9. I believe it has to do mostly with litigation. If a building / balcony / elevated walkway fails, there needs to be an explanation. If there's no "license" to prove that engineer has been tested by the state, how can the engineer be released of liability. Many states have many different building codes depending on the environment, California has tall buildings and earthquakes, Florida has hurricanes, Alaska has perma-frost, etc... So what's the best way to verify the engineer that's designing the public space in which your family will be working?? Licensure... I just took it in April and it's partly how fast you can look up answers and partly how well you understand the material, but if you don't understand the subject you're being tested on you're not going to pass the test. You can understand the material and still fail. My opinion why civils make less than the rest of engineers...we're a dime-a-dozen...ha...
  10. License Number Release

    My name finally posted up on a search in Washington state. Haven't received anything by email or mail.
  11. April 2015 Pass Rates

    Speaking from experience, since I'm one of the construction dummies, while sometimes it's difficult to put in 12 hours a day and then come home and study for another 2 hours, the motivated guys will pass. What I noticed from the exam is a lot of engineers taking the construction exam are in construction management versus actually contractors and the questions I noticed were geared towards the engineers planning, scheduling, estimating, and supervising construction projects. There was a lot of practical knowledge questions that one might not understand if they never actually planned a crane lift, designed formwork, scheduled resources, managed budgets, etc... Also, I think there's a lot of people who take the construction exam thinking it will be much easier, but they don't have the experience to understand the questions. Same with me taking any of the other PM exams. There's my defense for my fellow Construction PE's!
  12. EET Construction Review

    which afternoon test did you take?
  13. EET Construction Review

    Ha yeah! I remember that! Congrats to you too! Samir sent an email to 6 of us from the construction group. I don't remember how many total were in the class, but of course that might have been the only ones who have emailed him. He was the second person I told after my wife! ha.
  14. EET Construction Review

    I will verify Jun's comments. I took the breadth and construction depth classes from EET and passed first try. I've been working in the construction industry for 12 years and came across several questions I wouldn't have been able to answer had I not taken this class. Being able to ask a knowledgeable person a question at 9pm on a Sunday night, and sometimes get an answer back in a few minutes was invaluable. This would be the review course I'd suggest and have suggested to coworkers taking the exam next April.
  15. What I studied - Failed April 2015

    I passed Construction PE first time on the April exam. I studied closer to 200 hours and I couldn't even tell you how many problems I worked. I agree with ConstEng00 regarding the ACI SP4, I grabbed that book from the office and almost didn't pack it, thankfully I did, it helped me with about 5 problems I couldn't find in the CERM. Also, I built a morning binder and an afternoon binder, tabbed by topic listed in the testing specifications. I built cheatsheets and all the problems I worked I filed by topic. That actually ended up helping more than anything. I had the majority of references shown on NCEES's test specs. However, the thing I contribute most of my success to was taking the EET review course for both breadth and depth. I can't speak for the effectiveness of something of the other review course, but they did an excellent job for the most reasonable price.
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