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About civilrobot

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    Project Manager

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    Civil Engineering
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  1. civilrobot

    PE Exam Prep vs. Grad School

    I think you brought up some good points here. So there is an even longer play with getting an MS in Engr. One could decide to get a PhD as well and eventually ride off into the sunset as a tenured professor. My goal is teach Construction Management towards the end of my career and during retirement, however, I only wish to teach it in a practical setting like at a community college versus a 4-year university. However, I've looked at both, and in order to teach at a university, one must complete a PhD. A pre-requisite from most PhD programs is a MS degree. So there is some value for use in the future should you pursue a path in education.
  2. civilrobot

    PE Exam Prep vs. Grad School

    I have a civil engineering degree. I chose to get an MBA in lieu of a MS in engineering and it has been very rewarding, career wise. I haven't sat for the PE but I will say that getting my MBA was the most enjoyable thing I've done so far in my career pursuits. After a long day of work on a construction site, it was refreshing to just sit in class and talk. Accounting and finance were fun compared to engineering math. I also have a PMP and a CCM and most employers care more about my PMP and bachelors degree than an MS in engineering. However, when I'm done with the PE and when things calm down in my personal life, I would like to get an MS in CE - Materials Sciences because it's a cool subject. I don't really care to use the MS. I just want to go back to school at some point because why not.
  3. civilrobot

    EET Review Course Spring 2018

    Thank you. I'm on the east coast too. I'm contemplating studying 3 hours a night M-F (8pm - 11pmish) and using the time to practice problems and review the on-demand videos as needed. I would like to designate Sundays as video instruction day to start off the week for covering the designated topic. Not sure how realistic this is but it's worth a try.
  4. civilrobot

    EET Review Course Spring 2018

    How long did you study during the week? I'm trying to most manageable number of hours to dedicate to M-F study.
  5. civilrobot

    Project Manager Certification

    Well I'm glad it worked out for you. Congratulations on passing the exam!
  6. civilrobot

    Why does Construction have a low pass rate?

    I'm currently working as an RE as well (consultant firm) for a state government and the experience I'm getting here is so different than when I worked as a Project Engineer for a CMAR (Construction Manager at Risk) firm. I manage architectural renovations, new construction, road improvements, electrical, mechanical improvement projects, and FLS (fire life safety) projects. My projects are typically pretty short so I have to take in a lot of information about the intent of the design, site conditions, and the Contractor's schedule and budget as quickly as possible to solve problems quickly. When I was working as a Project Engineer on large scale projects, I wasn't required to understand the design too much. Instead, I just managed the contractors and pushed around the paper (RFIs, submittals, etc). I'm not saying the exam will be easy or harder for me but I think that my job as an RE has definitely given me more real world experience.
  7. I registered for the on-line SOP modules. It included videos that varied in length (30 minutes to 3 hours long) and covered each area (e.g. Time, Cost, Quality Management, Safety, etc.). At the end of each module, I was offered a practice exam that was very similar to the actual exam. The questions were not the same but the level of difficulty was similar as well as the layout. All through the module, there were learning checks (short quizzes) as well. I went through all of them like 2 weeks before I sat for the exam and passed. This is the only practice exam that I know of. The cost was around $800 or $1100 I think but my company is a mega member and I didn't have to pay for the modules. I just entered a code and I got them for free. If you can't do this, then yes, you will need to read everything in the kit and study. I don't think there are any free practice exams.
  8. civilrobot

    Civil - Construction PE Study Schedule

    Hi! Yes, I'm sitting for Construction in the afternoon. I'm going to push it off until October due to life getting in the way right now but I plan to do some preparation around the Spring time.
  9. civilrobot

    Civil - Construction PE Study Schedule

    Thank you!!!
  10. civilrobot

    Civil - Construction PE Study Schedule

    Super helpful! Thank you!
  11. civilrobot

    MD is out!!!!

    All of this is quality information. I was so confused about the display and access of information when I had several people sign off on my application documents. Some had PE cards, some had to look up their number, some had digital stamps only. I had no idea that the tokens of representation differed so vastly. Also, I never knew there was a ceremony in MD. That's pretty cool! Something to hope for and look forward to!
  12. I was on youtube viewing someone's video about preparing for the PE and he recommended building a study schedule. He had an example in google docs but it was for Mechanical. I wanted to know if anyone had a pretty good study schedule that they followed that was broken out into days of reading/studying and days used for doing problems. I would like to base it on the exam specifications but that's as far as I've gotten so far.
  13. civilrobot

    Project Manager Certification

    Wow! That's crazy. Doesn't sound fair at all, if you ask me. Will you be reimbursed for your study materials?
  14. civilrobot

    Passed PMP Exam

    Interesting. I have someone in my office working towards the CAPM. I'll have to look into this "Hybrid CAPM Exam" to see if it offers any significant challenges.
  15. civilrobot

    Passed PMP Exam

    Congratulations! I second what ruggercsc said about meeting the 60 PDUs continuing certification requirement. Start early. I earned mine almost 2 years ago to the day, and used my prep for the Certified Construction Manager exam to fulfill a lot of the PDUs but it's still not enough. I'm 13.5 PDUs shy but thankfully I have one more year to meet the requirement. They send you a pretty nice certificate too. Enjoy!
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