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  1. ruggercsc

    Linked Words Game

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    Linked Words Game

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  3. ruggercsc

    Qualifying experience

    This topic comes up frequently for those individuals working in the construction industry. You do not necessarily have to have to have true "Design experience", but may have made some design modification suggestions during a constructibility review, RFI submittal, etc. NCEES added the construction section for licensure awhile back for those individuals in the construction industry. Please review the link below for some ideas on how to write your qualifying experience.
  4. Just asking of anyone went to Greenbuild this year. I had not been since 2011 and am not one that likes to drink the USGBC Kool-Aid (Did you know that Grape Flavor-Aid was actually used in the Jonestown, not Kool-Aid), but I did enjoy some of the education sessions this year. Anyone else attend and have any comments?
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    Construction Application-Work Experience Section

    This topic is discussed is quite frequently since a lot of those applying for the construction exam have little or no actual design experience. Please review the Construction Exam section and the Anything about the PE Exam section as this topic has been discussed in detail. There are some fallacies about applying to site for exam that seem to permeate in a lot of circles: 1. While actual design experience is important, it is not a requirement to sit for the exam. Please review the Progressive Experience Requirements as it details what the actual requirements are to sit for the exam. 2. Working "directly" under a Professional Engineer is a rather loose term and not necessarily a prerequisite. I recently asked someone who sites on the Architectural and Engineers Examiners Board in Tennessee this exact question. He stated that he helped a recent applicant find a PE with the State Highway Department sign off on his experience. He stated the key is that the PE signing off on their work is familiar with the applicant and their skills and has a relationship with the applicant (Direct Supervisor, Project Team member, Consultants, Supplier, client, Contractor, Regulator, etc.). The example he brought up was someone worked for a highway contractor had no PE"s in their company but wanted to get licensed. A PE from the State Highway Department signed off on their experience (He was a regulator or "client",was familiar with their work, and had a relationship with them). Searching around this website on some of subforum listed above should help. Good Luck and let us know if you have any other questions.
  6. ruggercsc

    PE Exam Experience from Construction

    This is from the State of Tennessee Board: What constitutes progressive engineering experience? The Special Committee on Experience Evaluation of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has developed the following guidelines for the work areas and skills an engineer intern must develop to obtain progressive engineering experience. Board members utilize these guidelines when evaluating exam applications, with greater weight being given to the Practical Application of Theory component. PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THEORY ANALYSIS--of operating conditions; performance assessment; feasibility studies; constructability; value engineering; safety; environmental issues; economic issues; risk assessment; reliability. DESIGN--construction plan or specification preparation; product specifications; component selection; maintenance and social implications of final product. TESTING--developing or specifying testing procedures; verifying functional specifications; implementing quality control and assurance; maintenance and replacement evaluation. IMPLEMENTATION--of engineering principles in design, construction, or research; performance of engineering cost studies; process flow and time studies; implementation of quality control and assurance; safety issues; environmental issues. SYSTEMS APPLICATION--evaluation of components of a larger system; evaluation of the reliability of system parts; design and evaluation of equipment control systems while considering ergonomics, utility, manufacturing tolerances, and operating and maintenance concerns; the engineering required to establish programs and procedures for the maintenance and management of buildings, bridges, and other types of structures where failure or improper operation would endanger the public health and safety. TIME IN THE ENGINEERING PROCESS--difficulties of workflow; scheduling; equipment life; corrosion rates and replacement scheduling. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING--codes, standards, regulations, and laws that govern applicable engineering activities. MANAGEMENT OF ENGINEERING Engineering management includes supervising staff, managing engineering projects, and managing and administering technology as it is applied in the field or in construction. It may involve: PLANNING--developing concepts; evaluating alternative methods. SCHEDULING--preparing task breakdowns and schedules. BUDGETING AND CONTRACTING--cost estimating and control; contract development. SUPERVISING--organizing human resources; motivating teams; directing and coordinating project resources. PROJECT CONTROL--complete or partial project control. RISK ASSESSMENT--assessment of risk associated with the progression of the project. COMMUNICATION SKILLS Accumulation of project knowledge through interpersonal communication with supervisors, clients, subordinates, or team interaction. Transmission of project knowledge in verbal or written methods to clients, supervisors, subordinates, the general public, or team members. Examples would be via meetings, written reports, public hearings and reporting or findings and suggestions, other written correspondence and/or verbal briefings. SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF ENGINEERING Promoting and safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public as demonstrated in daily work activities. Demonstrating an awareness of the consequences the work performed may incur and a desire to mitigate or eliminate any potential negative impact. Following a code of ethics that promotes a high degree of integrity in the practice of professional engineering.
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    PE Exam Experience from Construction

    Don't overthink. This is copied from another post as the experience questions comes up quite often. Your true "Design" experience may be limited, but you may have spent my your entire career on the "other engineering duties".  Here is a list of action verbs you can use in your record to get you started: • Designed • Analyzed • Specified • Programmed • Planned • Evaluated • Problem Solved • Produced • Created • Implemented Example: “I designed Scopes of Work for various change orders on the Project including re-design of pile layouts for building foundation, design of concrete expansion joint detail, etc.” Some other design examples, notice how specific the examples are: • Performed troubleshooting on air handling unit during commissioning. • Calculated construction loads for scaffolding to be used for concrete placement. • Calculated the loading on new concrete foundations to verify it was acceptable to backfill and place construction equipment on top of the foundations. • Specified foundation detail requirements • Designed storm water drainage plans • Designed formwork for concrete. • Calculated equipment fleet productivity rates and scheduled project to optimize equipment and manpower resources. • Designed temporary excavations support systems. • Designed construction haul roads. • Design of rigging systems. • Design of crane safety and operation plans. • Design of storage and lay-down facilities. • Design and inspection of site drainage and sedimentation controls. Other engineering duties can include: • Inspection of construction to verify conformance with design documents. • Perform value engineering analyses • Perform constructability reviews; provide design input based on reviews to the engineer of record. • Perform materials testing (concrete, steel, soils) and generate reports of results for use during construction (i.e., took soil samples and performed standard proctor). • Design and optimization of construction project schedule • Review shop drawings and submittals • Review and answer Requests for Information (RFIs) • Generate engineering cost estimates • Perform engineering economic analyses of construction plant and generate findings (i.e., buy or lease analysis, amortization schedule, maintenance costs over life of equipment, etc). • Performed safety inspections to verify compliance with OSHA requirements. • Generated (or reviewed) safety plans to ensure engineering controls were properly implemented (i.e., shoring for excavation, steel erection plans, critical lift plans, rigging, noise/light control plans, etc). The key is to say what YOU did on the project. Do not say you “managed” other people doing the work; you have to have actually done the work to get credit for it. You need to properly and completely explain your design experience which, depending on your state, is required in conjunction with your general engineering experience.
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    October 2018 15k SPAM Thread

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    How old are you?

    Should I be dead already?
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    The Last Supper

    For breakfast, I would pass on a pot of coffee, bacon, eggs, toast and scattered, smothered, and covered hash browns from Waffle House. It was not a pleasant afternoon for those sitting in my vicinity.
  11. I have been using AECdaily since 2010 for my LEED CE Hours (non-specific) and I just recently noticed on the NCEES CPC tracker that the drop down gives AECdaily as an PDH provider option. I noticed that the one of their approved CEU partners is the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. I am not licensed in Florida and the states I am licensed in do not require pre-approval of PDH's (I am assuming Florida does and is why they are listed). Has any used them for their PDH's and/or had any issues? I plan on using them for most of my CEU requirements if I can as I can use one course for multiple certifications/licenses (PE, LEED, CCM, CPC). https://www.aecdaily.com/
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    Tips for taking the PE again

    The issue with the references is the questions you need the reference for tend to be easier "lookup the code type questions" or a "simple formula" type where you just look up the reference and plug into the equation. You need to know where to look, but the Construction depth classes help in identifying these issues and where to look in the reference.
  13. I just finished OSHA 10. I really did not learn anything I already did not know. Our projects are Design-Build , so I guess I am part of the "Engineering Controls" process that tries to eliminate the risks. Just asking again if anyone ever used this for PDH's? Also, what would have happened if Mr. Sex and the City (Ferris) decided to play Theaterwide Biotoxic and Chemical Warfare instead of Global Thermonuclear war.
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    Tips for taking the PE again

    Yes and Yes. You need all the reference material. See if you can buy some in the yard sale forum. Yes, I would spring for the EET or School PE Construction Depth class. Buying all the reference material and taking the EET Constuction Depth class are not mutually exclusive. I know it can be expensive, but the other option could be you are a third time test taker.
  15. I have taken a bunch of internal safety training, but I am thinking about getting OSHA 10 and 30 just to make myself more "marketable". Has anyone used this for PDH requirements. Any comments would be appreciated.