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  1. 9 years out, 300+, passed first time People who put in 50 hrs and pass are called smart people. I’m not smart enough to pass with only a few hours, but I’m not dumb enough to take that test twice. Regardless of what anyone tells you, there is no substitute for hard work and sacrifice.
  2. In my opinion you should continue working where you are and persue your PE lisence. I don’t think grad school will help you much, especially if you have to take loans out to go. Work hard and ask your company if they have any tuition reimbursement programs that can help you obtain your masters at night while working for them. Get your 4-5 years experience, get your PE, and apply to a structural firm later if you are still unhappy with your current company. You will be more marketable to get into the field you want. Once you land a job with a structural company, get your experience and structures PE through them. Also ask them about tuition reimbursement programs for your masters. In my opinion, the masters should be last on the list of accomplishments, and you should not do it if it’s not paid for or unless you can pay cash. Do not take out loans.
  3. Two weeks and third attempt seems about right. Looks like they want to take it a few more times. Put in the hours and get it over with.
  4. Personally, I think boards should be able to protect the word “engineer”. I think that putting something in place such as E.G. for engineering graduate. E.I. for engineering intern, and P.E. for professional engineer would be benificial. That would limit the confusion and would help standardize everything. Therefore you could be John Smith-Project Engineer- E.G. and everyone would know what you are. People without those credentials would be referred to as Project Manager or any other variation without using the word engineer.
  5. I would take the PE if I were you. Based on your experience it looks like you can take either the PE-Environmental water resource, PE-Transportation, or PE-Construction. It really depends on which area of Civil most of your experience comes from.
  6. I worked hundreds of problems over 300 hrs with the FE review manual as my main reference. Your time is best spent working problems and understanding how to efficiently manipulate the calculator, not reading or watching videos. Creating a game day scinerio may also be helpful. When working problems, hold yourself to a time limit, learn to move on to another problem, and come to terms with the sections/problems/concepts that you dont understand and never will. Stay the night before in a hotel near the testing location, and go to bed early.
  7. I would agree that the FE/PE are not requirements to work as an engineer in the construction industry. Typically if a company requires the FE/PE for a certain position they will say so on the job announcement or give you a timeline in which they expect you to obtain them. Not having them could limit your future opportunities though. The construction industry has very broad opportunities for civil graduates to gain experience without being licensed, it also is a field of engineering that requires a lot of PE seals and stamps on plan sets. In my opinion it would be in your best interest to pass both the FE and PE; don't limit yourself. Also, it sounds like your experience over the last 4 years may have been outside of the US so I'd double check the experience requirement for the PE once you pass the FE. You may find yourself needing to work another 4 years under a licensed PE before you can apply. Regarding the FE Exam, I'd buy the FE practice exam provided by NCEES and download a PDF version of the review manual to study with. Books like the one you purchased from amazon are good too. In my opinion, he more practice problems you do the better you will understand the concepts, the more likely you are to pass.
  8. In my opinion there is no reason for you not to do this. Give yourself the best shot at passing.
  9. One month out....that means those who are going to pass have already logged 150 hrs and only have 150 hrs left to go.
  10. Prior to graduating in CE years ago, I worked for a private engineering firm for a few years to gain expierence in the field. At the time there were both CE and CET people working for the company and it was generally accepted that the CET was the easier route/less respected. That’s not to say that they were treated differently or were seen as less capable, it was just kind of an unwritten/unspoken rule that they had it eaiser so to speak. I can’t attest to the salary aspect but at the time it was assumed that the CETs got paid less. I think RBHeadge said it best when he said the degree was considered engineering-lite. As far as licensing is concerned for this particular state, the CETs could become licensed but they had different requirements they had to meet. From what I remember they were unable to sit for the PE exam until they had 8 years of expienece under a PE, essentially double that of a CE. There were some other minor things but that seemed to be the big one. My concern, assuming your final goal is to become a registered PE, is that you will be left ill-equipped to pass the exam because your degree was engineering-lite. Before doing anything, I would understand how your state viewed the degree. Degrees are expensive and you don’t want to spend a fortune on something that won’t allow you to accomplish your main goal, whatever that may be. Personally, I would switch to CE.
  11. The difficulty of the FE exam won’t vary by state. I do think choosing a good exam location may help though. I would sit for the exam at the location that will cause the least amount of test day anxiety, such as a place you are familiar with.
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    I would do things slowly and in order. You may not need the EIT to sit for the PE, but you may need your EIT to apply for PE licensure i.e. they may ask you for your number. I’d take all the necessary steps your board requires to obtain your EIT number. Then I would take all necessary steps to option your PE license. Otherwise you may find yourself applying for an EIT in conjunction with your PE and stalling the whole process. Plus you may be an EIT for a while, depending on years of experience and your ability to pass the PE exam.
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