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  1. I took the PE exam at 42 years of age and had no trouble completing it in the time required (and passing first time). If you know the material you will do well. There is no reason a person over the age of 40 or 50 would require special dispensation. If you want the license, study for it and earn it.
  2. Some good advice here. When I was studying and took a practice exam for the first time, afterward I categorized all of he problems I got wrong. For me, most of the errors were due to simple mistakes, usually with units. For example, in calculating losses in a piping system one of the problems gave all the supporting info in head. I calculated the final loss in head (ft). But the question asked for this in pressure (psi), but the head answer was there as one of the options. During the actual exam I circled the units required by each question. After working my solution I would verify my units versus the circled units to make sure I was answering what was being asked. I did much better on my next practice exam and passed the PE first time. The key is understanding where you are making mistakes. As others have said, if it is the fundamental understanding of the topic then you need to focus on truly understanding. Sometimes it is just a matter of understanding why one equation applies instead of another. Finally, don't psyche yourself out thinking it must be harder than it is. Sometimes, the exam question was quite simple despite being given a plethora of data, much of it superfluous.
  3. I was at the same place six months ago. I was surprised how good I felt about my performance when I walked out. Was it really this easy? Should I feel confident? Is this all just some kind of horrible torture before I have to start studying again? I passed first time and if you guys feel this good, I'm sure you passed as well. Try to forget about the exam for a while. The results are weeks away and it will be a pleasant surprise when they arrive.
  4. I agree with this. I just put my books into a small cardboard box.
  5. Spot on, loudog! I would suggest to think more about organization than speed. I didn't feel any time pressure when I took the test last April. But I had my cheat sheet binder which was a huge help. In your cheat sheet be sure to include reference to your other books; for example you can put "see table 3.1 on page 45" or something similar. It helps you to go right to where you need to be and spend less time thumbing through page after page. Keep at it, you're on the right track.
  6. Monza, How many weeks or months did you study for. I am taking the T&F exam in October I ordered my MERM in October, but I didn't really start studying seriously until after the first of the year... so sometime in January. I made myself a schedule (actually I used the recommended schedule in the MEMR and one I found on Dr. Tom's website) and stuck to it. I was getting up at 5am every morning to study before work. Sometimes I would do some additional problems at night if i really felt motivated. By late Feb I was dong more over the weekend just to try and stay on schedule. By mid March I was getting burnt out. I took some time off and cleared my head. Don't take too much time off, but I do think it did me some good. The last two weeks were basically taking the practice exams and then studying the ones I got wrong in more detail. By the day of the exam I felt pretty confident. I finished both sessions with a little time to spare, but I used that time to review any uncertain answers. I left that day feeling pretty good. Keep studying and good luck!
  7. Oops. I overlooked item 43! Good advice, SgtDilbert.
  8. 45. When raising issues with a customer (such as a cost adder, non-conformance, concession request, etc.) when at all possible speak to them in person or on the phone. It is easier for someone to say no or hold their ground via e-mail. People are less inclined to be bull-headed when speaking directly with another person.
  9. I took the T&F exam this past April and passed first time. I think the most helpful item for me was creating a note book (3-ring binder) that was categorized by topic (fluids, heat transfer, statics, etc.). Each topic contained very basic notes and the most common equations. The plan was that this would be my immediate go-to while taking the exam. The notebook also contained info about where to look for references in the MERM, such as "see table 14-2 for blah blah blah...". I used this notebook when working problems and taking practice exams. This helped me to decide what goes in and what stays out. There's no point in ultimately copying an 800-page reference manual. I tried to weed out items by the 80/20 rule. This really worked out well for me. During the exam, I just identified what kind of problem it was and then went to that section in my binder. Most of the time, what I needed was there. If not, I had notes that pointed me to specific sections in the MERM or sometimes one of my other references. During the exam, I basically only opened the MERM to look up tables and properties. I wasn't using it to find equations or decide how to solve a problem. I should also mention that I also included little hints such as, "don't forget to use absolute pressure in this equation" or "be sure to convert to Kelvin", etc. I used both the Lindburg and the NCEES practice exams. I think the actual exam was very similar to the NCEES practice exam. Looking back, I wish I had taken the Lindburg exam a little earlier in my study (I think I did it about a month or 3 weeks out). Don't worry about time with the Lindburg exam, it is a little more difficult. Just work through and make sure you understand the problems. I would also recommend going through the exam a second time. Sure, you'll recognize some of the problems but it is still good practice to work them again. I figure between the two exams that is 160 problems so I wasn't worried about not being challenged during the second time. I graduated university in 1997 so I've been out of school for a while. Don't let that hold you back. With some determination and effort, you will definitely be able to pass. Good luck!
  10. How many years of experience? I just got my license but I'm making far less since my boss says I don't have experience based upon what the company does. currently at 29/hour and get paid OT. I've been out of school for a while. 16 years experience.
  11. Wow! You might want to think about getting a hobby! Just curious - were you looking for something particular or just interested in seeing how things work? Yeah, that does sound a bit it weird. I wasn't reading them for fun. I requested an exemption based on experience since I did not take the FE exam. So I was trying to get an idea of how firm or lenient they were. Fortunately, they agreed to let me sit the exam and I passed. I haven't read any minutes since... I swear.
  12. Mechanical engineer - Was making $130k +bonus when I lived in CA. Now I'm in NV and making $125k, but the lower cost of living and lack of state income tax has me coming out a little bit ahead.
  13. I agree that the best approach is to contact your state board. They may be willing to be lenient or accept an alternative reference. My friend got his PE in CA but did not have the sufficient number of PE references. He spoke with the board and they asked for him to provide additional character references and to submit examples of his work to a licensed PE. This PE then reviewed his examples and wrote a letter supporting his acceptance. I am licensed in NV and I have been reviewing the state board meeting minutes for the past year. They routinely consider applications that do not meet the letter of the requirements. Often they will listen to the applicant's explanation (they are allowed to plead their case in person) and they will request some alternative means of satisfying the board they should be allowed to sit the exam. So get in contact with your board and see if they are willing to work with you.
  14. Monza

    Over Prepared?

    I had time both in the morning and the afternoon to go back and review any problems I was concerned with. I was able to get answers for all and left feeling very confident. I was nervous going in, so when I got home my wife asked me how it went. I said it was easier than I thought, I was well prepared, and felt good about not making too many stupid mistakes.
  15. On June 3, I checked the Nevada Board license look-up and my name is there with my license number.
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