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  1. I was a two time test taker as well. I reviewed my weak areas and worked those types of problems the most, but I also kept my strong areas fresh. For me, working on timing and organization of the references was key. To be honest, I never felt like I was solid and totally prepared. I felt kind of neutral for some reason. I was confident, but still concerned. I think your feelings are normal for a lot of people. Aside from working more problems, just focus on your strategy, timing, and organization. Try to remain positive going into it. That would be my advice. I also found it helpful to ask this board a few questions on problems that stumped me. In some cases, I was still making silly mathematical/unit mistakes. Those types of mistakes will eat you alive, if not checked. Best of luck!
  2. Just picked mine up from Hobby Lobby. $130. I think it came out really nice. There's a more expensive glass option that doesn't glare like this, but I'm happy with this one.
  3. Good day, everyone. I'm checking to see if there are any mechanical P.E.'s out there that have ever been mentored/trained on a part-time basis to learn a new engineering skill set. I'm particularly interested in learning and gaining working knowledge in MEP engineering, but I'd want to do it on the side of my full-time job. I'm just curious to see how your experience was, and the process you took to find a mentor. This board is filled with knowledgeable folks, so I thought I'd ask here. I've got an interest in this type of work, but do not have competent, professional experience to offer any type of side consulting. I'm willing to learn and help a current consultant. Of course, I wouldn't expect any compensation for this. I'm located in the West Houston/Katy, TX area. My experience is in the oil and gas compression industry. Interested to hear from anyone who has done this!
  4. Long read below. I agree with what was said above. For me, I'd been out of school for 8 years. I have a spouse and two children as well. I took the Testmasters course in Houston (Mechanical Thermal Fluids). It was definitely worth it because it gave me direction and path to study. It is expensive and not everyone needs that, but for me, it certainly aided in my passing the exam (after two attempts). I recommend it (my company re-imbursed the cost of the course). I put in 150 hours of studying each time. The last few days of studying, I took timed, mock exams from the NCEES practice exam. Those are the most realistic to what you will see on the exam, in my opinion. I didn't spend any time working MERM problems because I feel they are too in depth for what you need to know on the exam. I did use the MERM (13th ed) during the exam, though. I feel like you only need a few references for the mechanical exams to pass, at least in TFS. For me, I only used: 1. Personal notes/formulas binder - create a thorough binder of all of the re-occurring formulas from each major section. Take note of major topics, formulas and conversions as you study. Write them clearly and tab each major subject and sub-section. Keep it well organized, because time management is critical. By exam time, you should know exactly where each major topic and sub-section is located. This was my most used reference during the exam, both times! 2. MERM - same with this reference. Highlight and tab major topics and sections in a well organized fashion. I used this book for more theory/conceptual referencing, as well as those areas that Testmasters didn't cover in great detail. I tabbed the heck out of it; especially the appendix and index. But, I used a well thought out system for tabbing that would make it easier for me to readily find the subject I needed. 3. Unit conversions book by Lindeburg. Also tabbed popular and re-occurring conversions. Not sure how much is needed for the MDM exam, though. Those were the only three references I used. It keeps the work space relatively neat and clutter free and has pretty much anything you would need to pass the exam. Personally, I don't see how mechanical folks can bring in so many references and actually use them. It takes away precious time and clutters the area. I feel like if you're well organized and your reference locations are like muscle memory, you will be fine. I also worked what I felt were the easier problems first, then moved on to more difficult ones. It's tricky sometimes, because what you think is an easy problem, turns out to be a harder one. You end up spending too much time on it. You have to recognize those situations and move past them, then come back towards the end to finish them. This is my TFS experience, but I'm sure the MDM would be similar. Maybe a few different reference materials (i.e Machinery's Handbook, etc.)? For the TBPE application, I only used actual engineering work experience that covered a four year period. I had PM experience and military experience that was not included. They only want actual, full-time engineering experience. All of my work was under a P.E., but I want to say there's still a way to have it counted if your engineering work was not under a P.E. I provided three references. Two from out of state (one was a Civil P.E.) and one at my current employer. All were sufficient for the board. I took the ethics exam and submitted the package. The board approved my package in approximately 2-3 weeks, at that time. Honestly, it was pretty painless. The worst part was going back and finding/documenting my earlier experience...and the exam of course. Like others said, put in the time now and try to get it done. I was miserable knowing I had to start studying again the second time around. Hope that helps a bit. Good luck!
  5. Yes. I had a civil P.E. reference review and sign my SER without any issues. Of course it’s up to that person to sign off for you.
  6. Got my certificate in the mail today.
  7. Vessel is 12 yrs old. The records I can find on the vessel do not indicate any type of heat treating performed at time of fabrication. I also found that it was previously in H2S gas service prior to now (we rent compressor packages that service different applications). Is there an industry standard or guideline that you know of that calls out what hardness is considered "too high"? Thanks for the reply!
  8. I'd say improper lock out/tag out as well in this case. Scary situation.
  9. Does anyone have experience in heat treating of carbon steel pressure vessels? I've run into a situation where we've found high hardness on an old vessel (266 BHN) going into an H2S application (up to 10,000 ppm). Our standards specify an upper limit of 235 BHN on process piping and vessels. I haven't run into this situation before, so was wondering what the process was to soften an older vessel that has been used in sweet natural gas service in the past. Is it possible to anneal this type of vessel? Also, the high hardness reading was found on one nozzle weld. The others were below 235 BHN. Any insight is appreciated.
  10. That's what I'm saying. I'd register for the exam regardless of if you got the "approval" notice from LAPELS. If the exam is decoupled from experience, then you don't need LAPELS approval for the exam. It's run through NCEES.
  11. May want to check me on this, but I believe Louisiana decoupled the exam from the experience requirement a few years back. When I was living there, I worked with new grads who had taken the PE exam but were waiting on their experience to complete the licensing process. Texas also has done this, and one of my guys took and passed the PE exam in April, prior to having the 4 years needed to obtained his license. If Louisiana is the same, you should be able to take the exam in April.
  12. Yeah. I printed it from the email as well. Got everything ordered. Just waiting for it to come in to complete the form. Thanks. Still feels weird this process is coming to an end. It's only been a year in the making for me! Haha. Feel like I should be gearing up to study again for April.
  13. Selling the MERM 13th edition's companion practice problem book. Good condition. $50 plus shipping., if interested. I can send pictures.
  14. Same here. Email was sent next morning at 0600hrs. Name was in the roster even before that. Pocket card is also online.
  15. I’m not certain how California works, but for Texas, I put progressive engineering experience over the course of my time in industry. Like you, I’ve been at the same company, but I’ve held different roles from applications engineering to project engineering. In each role, I progressed in title and responsibility ( i.e. entry level up to senior level). I made sure to include specific projects in each role and level. My application was approved without question with this method. I think if you can show some type of increased responsibilty in your work during your time there, it would help. Maybe show some variation in your duties as well. Different types of engineering work. Hope that helps. Maybe others from CA will chime in.
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