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jdscottPE last won the day on May 31 2015

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  • Birthday 12/28/1982

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  1. Thanks! It actually all worked out as planned. I passed the power exam in 2015 and have been practicing in both disciplines for a couple of years now. Work has been more fun and it's helped us sell more work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. In SC, we were able to take anything that was bound including Graffeo and handwritten notes. I did all my practice work in spiral notebooks which I took with me.
  3. I used the handbook and found it helpful. I love the illustration and explanation. I also use it a lot at work and continue to read it for further study. Note that you want the "official" handbook from NFPA, not the one from McGraw Hill. I was able to get the handbook (and NEC alone) through our subscription service at work and print it. I would recommend the NEC drills too, but I didn't do them. I wished I had, but squeaked by anyhow. Don't forget a copy of the NESC too, but don't spend as much time on it.
  4. Wow, two PEs and six kids. You're a couple more children away from your own reality show. Remember us when you become famous. When you have six kids to support, you get motivated.
  5. I have a civil engineering degree. I passed the civil PE in 2009. I passed the power PE this past April. I have six children. Here is the deal: you can pass whichever exam you want without a review course. The review course is a problem because it costs money and constrains your time. You need to study when the kids are in bed, etc. The review course syllabus also assumes you know some things which you may not. I started with remedial work. I used an old FE study book before I got into the PE materials. You need all the practice tests and books recommended on this board. It's a little bit iterative. You study the concepts and you work exam styles problems--jumping back and worth. Know the NEC for the power exam. There is no way around it. Spend time on this board reading what others have done to pass.
  6. I took the civil:wre exam in 2009. A friend gave me list of the CERM problems we should do for structural breadth (to the exclusion of others which would be depth only). I found it to be very helpful. I spent my time more wisely because of it. https://www.dropbox.com/s/35hna1eq4st57l1/structural%20study%20schedule.pdf?dl=0
  7. Now that I passed the power exam, I am thinking of unloading the books that I won't really need again. My lists are: Keep: Camara Wildi Grainger All printed materials (NEC and NESC are licensed to my company anyway) Sell: Graffeo Complex Imaginary NCEES practice exam This was kinda the plan all along. I wrote in the keeps but not the sells. Does anyone have a different recommendation? Also, where is the best place to sell? I am set up to sell on eBay, but wonder if there is a better idea.
  8. I passed the power exam and am thankful to God for it. I was beginning to think I was crazy to take another exam six years after taking civil/WRE. Two of the guys that I work with both passed civil/WRE, but they will have to wait a couple of years for their license while they complete the work experience requirements. We're all in good spirits in Greenville.
  9. Guys, I have a slightly different perspective here. I took the civil exam in '09 and left knowing that I had crushed it. I knew my study materials had been spot on. I took power last week and was baffled by how different the test was than the study materials. The biggest issue wasn't what was on the test, but what was not on it. I worked the 4 CI exams twice each. Graffeo, once. NCEES, three times. I was at the point to where I could do those exams without opening a book. The actual exam did not have the same stuff. Also, I liked Wildi because it actually covered things specific to industry. I actually learned stuff helpful for my job. I also had Grainger and Camara and dozens of printed guides. The NEMA guide for adjustable speed drives is helpful in industry too. I should have taken NEMA MG-1 and also something more on batteries. I needed more on illumination (Graffeo and Camara were helpful but not enough). I was thankful to have a full NESC. I was also happy to see NEC 2011 lining up with 2014, but I did have one question that I am considering reporting to NCEES because it was "off." I found at least one typo (kva vs kv) that did not materially affect the question but it did make me question the quality of the exam authoring. Summary: I am convinced that the lower pass rates in power are due to there not being one comprehensive guide that a candidate can study to prepare for the test (plus codes, obviously). Over in civil, we have Lindburg's book which looks like Camara. You basically need that and you're good to go. If you work all the practice problems in the workbook, you're ready. The practice is harder than the test, but it all relevant. Just my two cents. Back to work while we wait on the results...
  10. I took the osha book because I had used it to answer questions when studying. That is my rule of thumb: if I answered practice questions using a resource, then I should take that resource. In the practice questions, I had run up on the osha soil classification with which I was unfamiliar. The question was asking about types a, b, and c which was certainly not aashto or scs. So I googled until I figured out I needed the osha book. Will you need it on the exam? Less likely, but not a bad idea. Maybe borrow an older one from someone. A lot can be accomplished this way. Older versions are often sufficient for the exam. Metcalf and Eddy wastewater for example.
  11. Another tip: if you have seasonal allergies, be warned. We over overwhelmed with pollen right now. You'll need some of the good stuff.
  12. Helpful information. Many thanks.
  13. Great thread. By the way, I have really enjoyed the NEMA Application Guide for AC ASD Systems. It's really boosted my knowledge for work. I plan to read it several more times after the test. It surpasses my company's in-house guidance by a long shot. It's funny how we sometimes get used to do something one way and forget to see where the industry as a whole is going.
  14. For posterity: I called. She emailed me another authorization with my first name. I imagine this could be a mess if you are from some place that uses the first name as the surname, etc.
  15. Just something simple that compares typical voltage, efficiency, color, use, etc. Thanks for your willingness to help.
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