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    EIT
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  1. Thanks for the feedback. I have spoken to a few architects and consulting engineers and it seems like all of them use AutoCAD. Since I don't have very much experience with AutoCAD, I think I will go that direction for now. And because it's an annual subscription, I can always re-evaluate if I want to move to Revit. Also, I am in grad school for an MBA. Autodesk has a program where you can download a program for free for 3 years if you are a student or educator, but it has to be used for educational purposes only. I might download Revit and play around on it for various projects to see how beneficial it would be compared to AutoCAD.
  2. Hi, A little backstory: I changed jobs a few months ago from working at an HVAC equipment manufacturer to now working at a small mechanical contracting company. One of the duties I have in my new role is to design HVAC systems and draw up layouts for architects and for our in-house install team. We occasionally do design-build work where we need a formal document of the HVAC layout; my boss is a PE and stamps our design drawings about once every three months. Since we "rarely" need formal drawings, we get by with one license of AutoCAD LT software that we purchased back in 2010 or so (I don' think we maintain the license so it is still the 2010 version and crashes all the time). The owners are willing to purchase new software in order for me to take-over drafting as they aren't very tech-savvy. I worked on SolidWorks a lot on my last job so I'm confident I'll be able to master whatever software we choose. So, now I'm trying to decide which software to pursue. I have narrowed down the list to AutoCAD or Revit. For what we currently do, I think AutoCAD is the right choice. But, I am wondering if most of the industry is moving towards using Revit. If it is, I am thinking it may be better long-term to learn Revit. Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations they can share in deciding between AutoCAD vs Revit? Thanks, Ryan
  3. Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I am selling my PE exam prep materials for the Mechanical HVAC exam. These are the only materials I studied with and the only references I brought with me to the exam. Using only these, I passed the October 2016 exam on my first try! Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($250) Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($85) PE Mechanical Engineering: HVAC and Refrigeration Practice Exam by NCEES ($30) Six-Minute Solutions for Mechanical PE Exam HVAC and Refrigeration Problems, 2nd edition by Elder ($65) I bought these materials new and did not write in any of them - so they are in "like new" condition. I have photos ready to send, if interested. I will sell individually for prices listed (add $10 for shipping each) - or will sell as a set for $400, including shipping. Prices are firm and I prefer to use PayPal. I almost don't want to sell these because they remind me of my triumph over the behemoth that is the PE exam :-) but I know they could be helping someone else. Thanks, Ryan
  4. Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I am selling my PE exam prep materials for the Mechanical HVAC exam. These are the only materials I studied with and the only references I brought with me to the exam. Using only these, I passed the October 2016 exam on my first try! Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($250) Practice Problems for the Mechanical Engineering PE Exam, 13th edition by Lindeburg ($85) PE Mechanical Engineering: HVAC and Refrigeration Practice Exam by NCEES ($30) Six-Minute Solutions for Mechanical PE Exam HVAC and Refrigeration Problems, 2nd edition by Elder ($65) I bought these materials new and did not write in any of them - so they are in "like new" condition. I have photos ready to send, if interested. I will sell individually for prices listed (add $10 for shipping each) - or will sell as a set for $400, including shipping. Prices are firm and I prefer to use PayPal. I almost don't want to sell these because they remind me of my triumph over the behemoth that is the PE exam :-) but I know they could be helping someone else. Thanks, Ryan
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