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About ryan.castelli

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    HVAC
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    PE
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    Mechanical

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  1. I have a mechanical engineering degree and am about 5 years out of school. I am a licensed PE in Texas. I work for a mechanical and plumbing contractor. I have been able to see the benefit of having a PE in the construction / contracting industry since I became licensed, which has been encouraging to see my hard work pay off. My expertise is in HVAC and plumbing system design. I am interested in learning the electrical side so that I can provide full MEP engineering services. Right now, architects will use me for mechanical and plumbing but will go somewhere else for electrical stamps. Does anyone have recommendations for resources to learn the electrical side of MEP consulting? I only had a couple electrical classes in undergrad and do not feel anywhere close to ethically stamping electrical drawings. Any feedback will be appreciated!
  2. I haven't but I'd be interested in reading the feedback. I was actually just on the ASPE website today for the first time. I am a mechanical engineer and I work for a HVAC and plumbing contractor. I am comfortable with HVAC design but lack knowledge in plumbing design. Do you have any good resources you'd recommend for plumbing system design? I saw the ASPE website has a bunch of resources that look really good but I am not currently a member...
  3. The best resource is this https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/368 . From the website: "This book contains 80 questions and solutions to familiarize you with the PE Mechanical Engineering: HVAC and Refrigeration exam format." I bought this and used it myself; it's a practice exam and looks very similar to the actual problems you would see on the exam. However, you may want to study this at the beginning of your studying cycle, to familiarize yourself with the type of questions asked, and then don't touch it again until you are about a month out from your actual test date and perform a mock exam with it.
  4. If your company will reimburse you for all study materials / classes, I would definitely recommend signing up for a study course! Why not?! It looks like you have some work to do to get up to passing and a course will help you get more disciplined about studying consistently.
  5. I recently completed an MBA program that was "hybrid." Some classes were online and some were traditional face-to-face. There is a small university where I work/live so I could manage the face-to-face night classes during the week. The program and material was very easy. It felt like a cake-walk compared to my engineering undergrad. But I would say, a lot of big name universities offer online MBAs now (think OU, University of Iowa, etc.). As long as you don't get your MBA from a University of Phoenix type of school, most people will never know or will never ask if you got your MBA online or traditionally. With that said, you get out what you put in with the online classes. You can easily skate through an MBA program, get your degree but not really gain any valuable skills. If you actually want to network and develop relationships in addition to learning new material, I'd recommend face-to-face classes.
  6. I'm in north Texas and work for a relatively small HVAC and plumbing design/build/service contractor. If we do design work, we normally bundle it into the overall job cost to secure the installation. We actually haven't ever done purely design work (providing stamped engineering drawings for someone else to install) because we don't have insurance for that. However, I believe the going rate around here for a small design firm is about $1.50 per square foot per discipline. For example, if you design only HVAC on 10,000ft^2 building, design fees for providing stamped engineered drawings would be $15,000. If you designed both HVAC and plumbing for 10,000ft^2 building, fee would be $30,000. That will at least get you in the ballpark.
  7. Banned for too many posts in 24 hrs.
  8. @goodal and @ruggercsc I appreciate the responses but this doesn't help me very much! lol. I have been using AutoCAD and it seems to be the way to go.... at least for now.
  9. Is there a way to check grades for exams taken prior to April 2019?
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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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