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  1. ****Post Updated for 2020 and 2021**** As the lead instructor of an online review course and live class for the Electrical Power PE Exam since 2014, one of the questions I get asked the most is: "What books do I need to pass?" Take a look at this email: The PE exam is already cost prohibited, especially if you purchase a review course. You don't want to buy books and references that aren't going to help you. To help you decide which books are best for you, here are our top recommended references with more information to help you decide which books to purchase. Electrical PE Review's Recommended References for the Electrical Power PE Exam - Updated for 2020 and 2021: Texas Instruments TI-36X Pro Scientific Calculator Our Recommendation: The TI is the most intuitive calculator and fairly inexpensive. Buy two to take with you in case one breaks. Honorable Mention: Some engineers prefer the Casio fx-115ES PLUS. Both calculators are capable of handling complex numbers with ease, however, we find the Casio to be much less intuitive with a greater learning curve if you are already used to the Ti family of calculators. You may prefer this calculator if you are already familiar with it, if not stick to the TI-36X Pro. Electrical Engineering PE Practice Exam and Technical Study Guide by Electrical PE Review and Zach Stone, P.E. (NEW! – Updated for 2020 and 2021) Our Recommendation: This is the best educational content to date for the electrical power PE exam written and illustrated by Zach Stone, PE. It is designed to help you identify the subjects unique to you that are most likely to prevent you from passing the PE exam. The solutions are extremely detailed with graphs and illustrations to help you learn through your more difficult subjects the fastest. Get the hard copy if you want the best practice exam currently on the market. NCEES® Practice Exam Our Recommendation: This is the official practice exam by NCEES®, the organization that oversees the administration of the exam. This should be one of the first books you purchase since it is the closest you can get to the real PE exam. 2017 National Electrical Code® Handbook Edition (NFPA70, NEC®) (2017 NEC® will be tested on until 2021) Our Recommendation: You're going to have a hard time passing the PE exam without the NEC® handy. The Handbook is much easier to use for answering code questions you're not familiar with. It is expensive, but most employers will pay for code books to keep in the office, so talk with your boss first to see if they will pick up the tab. Electrical PE Practice Questions and Course Notes Our Recommendation: A online review course is a good investment if you want to ensure that you have the best chance of passing on your first attempt, or, if you've already taken the PE exam before and did not pass. Compared to competitors, our online program is the most thorough and accurate that is updated every semester. Watch out for competitors that offer courses on all PE exam subjects that are either watered down or not as accurate. We ONLY focus on the electrical power PE exam. Our online program includes: - A separate self-paced approx. 800-page online review course - 46 hours of weekly online live class covering every subject with an accompanying live class workbook approximately 385 pages long - over 400 videos of worked-out examples in the self-paced online review course - over 450 practice problems covering every subject in the self-paced online review course - 200 page 80 question full-length practice exam to test your knowledge - Power Fundamentals Bootcamp - video boot camp to improve your power fundamentals (the #1 most common mistakes that result in wrong answers) - Circuit Analysis Fundamentals Bootcamp - video boot camp to improve your circuit analysis fundamentals (the #2 most common mistakes that result in wrong answers) - Unlimited email help with typically the next business day response for when you need it or get stuck. Power System Analysis and Design by Glover, Sarma, and Overbye (NEW! – Updated for 2019) Our Recommendation: Protection is an extremely in-depth topic and is now the largest subject on the exam. Most protection books are either too indepth for the PE exam or do not have enough (or any) worked out example problems. This book is not only the best for protection related questions specifically for the PE exam, but it also covers about 50% of the subjects on the EP exam. If you can find the solution manual to this book it will be one of your greatest assets. Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems by Wildi Our Recommendation: This is one of our favorite books and has really aged well for the PE exam. It is the absolutely best reference for motors, generators, and transformers while also covering many other subjects that appear on the PE exam. It has plenty of easy to follow worked out examples, end of chapter exercises, and a fantastic amount of theory to help you answer qualitative questions. Linden’s Handbook of Batteries (NEW! – Updated for 2020 and 2021) Our Recommendation: The subject of batteries continues to play a more significant role on the PE exam in terms of number of both qualitative and quantitative questions. Batteries can be an extremely in-depth subject, especially electro-chemical properties and theory, and applications (which battery is the best/worst for specific uses). This book is costly, but it can surely answer any question you run into the PE exam on batteries. Consider it the battery bible. The Electrical Engineer’s Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam by Graffeo Our Recommendation: A good book that has aged well for the PE exam that is a mix of a practice exam and study material. It is a little on the simple side which is actually useful if you use this book when approaching new topics for the first time before diving deeper into more challenging examples. Power System Analysis by Grainger and Stevenson Our Recommendation: Another book that has aged well for the PE exam that is fantastic in areas of Transmission Lines, Phasor Diagrams, Transformer Connections, Symmetrical Components, and many other subjects that appear on the PE exam. Good number of worked out examples plus end of chapter exercises. 2017 National Electrical Safety Code® (ANSI C2, NESC®) Our Recommendation: This should be the second codebook you should purchase after the NEC® You'll likely only to see a few NESC® questions but you'll likely be unable to answer them correctly without having this codebook to reference the information. Like all codebooks, see if you can get your employer to purchase the updated version for the office that you can use to study with and take with you as it is expensive. The 2017 version will be tested on until 2021. Engineering Economic Analysis – Newnan, Lavelle, Eschenbach Our Recommendation: Engineering Economics is a minor topic in the exam subject of applications. While you're only likely to see a few number of engineering economic questions on the PE exam, most engineers are not very familiar with cash flow diagrams and the formulas required to solve these questions. Engineering economics is actually a very simple topic once you get the hang of it so if you want to make sure you get each of these questions right on the PE exam, this is a great book to use that is very easy to follow with good worked out examples. It is a fairly inexpensive book and also includes intrest tables in the appendix to speed up your calculations. If you are uncomfortable with engineering economics, buy this book 2018 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace: Shock and Burns® (NFPA 70E®) Our Recommendation: This is the third codebook you should purchase after the NEC®. As with the NESC®, you're likely to see just a couple NFPA 70® questions but you'll likely be unable to answer them correctly without having this codebook to reference.. Like all codebooks, see if you can get your employer to purchase the updated version for the office that you can use to study with and take with you as it is expensive. The 2018 version will be tested on until 2022. Power Reference Manual for the Electrical and Computer PE Exam – John A. Camara PE Our Recommendation: Camara's book has been around for a long time and is quite large. However, a lot of users online have commented that it is starting to become dated and not an accurate reflection of what is on the PE exam. It is a good "jack of all trades" reference book but you may end up spending time learning things that you'll never see on the exam. This book is expensive, so only purchase if you know what you're buying or if you're looking to fill in gaps in your references and already have the books further up on this list. Hazardous Area Classification (NFPA 497, 499, 30B) Our Recommendation: These are the last codebooks you should purchase. You're likely to see a very small number (one to two) of hazardous area classification code questions and there is no telling which of the three books they will come from. Purchase this set if money is not an object, you have a large budget, or your employer will cover the cost. Otherwise consider spending money first on reference books that will help you answer a larger number of questions first. *Don't forget you can find many of the international versions of these books on Amazon for significantly less money. The international editions are typically softcover and sometimes come in black and white but compared to their $300 hard copy editions they are usually in the affordable price range of $20 - $40.
  2. I worked on a project where there were 2 licensed PEs supervising my work. Both of them agreed to be a reference for my PE application. Is it fine if I have them do so, but the projects will be the same on the application? The wording on the application instructions are a bit confusing to me.. Hope someone can help. Thanks in advance!
  3. What are the best portions of IBC 2018 and ASCE 7-16 to have printed out for the Seismic exam? I know I'll need chapter 12 of ASCE (R values, etc.), but I'm curious about what others brought with them that they found helpful. Note: I have the EET seismic workbook, not Hiner.
  4. plainjane


    Hi all! I just passed the California State Surveying Exam for Civil Engineers, and therefore am no longer in need of the references that I used. I'm selling a Mansour reference manual and practice exam booklet as well as a "Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms", all of which I feel really helped with my studying and during the test! Depending on shipping, I'm willing to let all 3 references go for around $100. The reference manual has been highlighted a bit and has some notes made inside. The exam booklet has been fully completed, but using pencil so it's reusable. Let me know if you have any questions!
  5. Hello folks I am working on MyNCEES Records while waiting for Apr 2019 PE Exam result. Like many of you, I keep my finger crossed. I wish good news for all. Going back to the original topic, one of items under MyNCEES Records is Professional References, for which NCEES requires 5 references from PE licensed engineers. It says 'references must be engineers who are currently licensed in US' (see below). Problem is it is not that easy for me to find 5 licensed engineers in my field of work (ME TFS) and wondering if it is absolutely necessary to have PE references. How strict this rule is? Is there any way to get waiver? IMHO, I think this is unnecessary restriction especially when many State Boards do not require recommendors be licensed PE because they understand situation like mine, which is quite common. Reference requirements A total of 5 references are required. Can reflect the character and diversity of your experience Is personally acquainted with your professional reputation Is not related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption For engineering applicants, references must be engineers who are currently licensed in the United States. For surveying applicants, references must be surveyors who are currently licensed in the United States. The 5 most current (by date) references that are showing in your account are the references that are sent to a state board. Transmittal requirements At least 3 of the 5 references must be current to transmit your MyNCEES Record. Professional references are current for 12 months from the date received from the reference.
  6. ChrisM


    Here are some heavily discounted PE books compared to buying from AASHTO or others. They are a must bring to the exam. Helped me pass my exam!
  7. Hello friends, I was a regular consumer of this forum and despite the TROLLS, I thank all the participants for the good information posted here, that helped me pass the PE exam last April 2019 In contribution, I would like to give my own impressions of the PE exam and give you my advices as far as how to get prepared for this task. First and foremost, passing the PE exam is a tough process and requires LOTS of study time and sacrifice. If you really want this, I recommend you well establish your priorities and whatever can deviate your attention and focus from the exam, should be temporally removed from your life style. NO COURSE, NO BOOK, NOTHING WILL GUARANTEE YOU PASS THE EXAM. IT DEPENDS ON YOU!!! If you don’t give it all and put enough effort on it, failing the exam is MOST LIKELY to occur. Even though, don’t feel discourage if you fail, this exam is like no other, and lots of people don’t have the same luck of passing on the first try. The winning strategy here to not give up. ** With that being said, see below my advices, sorted by importance level: 1) Establish your strategy from the very beginning. Define what are your strongest areas and plan your study time accordingly to tackle the areas you are most likely to fail. I suggest you plan yourself to finish everything 2-4 weeks before the exam, so you have plenty of time to recap and review your weak areas, difficult questions, etc. 2) Organization is KEY, and the PE exam is sometimes more about TIME MANAGEMENT than knowledge. So, during your preparation, be consequent with the materials you use. Don’t buy or print materials to have them on the corner and rather use them. Make sure all your materials are tabbed and highlighted. Group them by category, use tabs, index or any method that can help you locate each section the fastest possible; Cross-Reference is key. Every minute you save during the exam is glory. In my case, I created a MAIN INDEX, where I referenced all the materials I had. That was my best friend during the exam. I placed that index at the back of my cheat sheet. 3) Have all the formulas grouped by topic, in one binder so you can easily find them without opening multiples books. I SUGGEST YOU PREPARE YOUR CHEAT-SHEET AHEAD OF TIME so you can edit it and add more stuff 4) Make sure you find the right materials for YOU. There are different books out there for each topic, but it depends on your personal taste. Do your research and try to find the book that better fit your necessities. 5) MASTER your calculator. Don’t make the mistake of bringing a calculator to the exam that you didn’t use before or you are not familiar with. Consider that the back of the calculator will be taken away from you, so I will suggest you write that info somewhere else. UNIT CONVERSIONS are often used during the exam. 6) Don’t spend time solving easy questions, unless there is nothing else available. I remember solving questions from books like Spin up, which are far from the exam type of questions. Write down the questions you found challenging and remember to review them multiple times the last two weeks. 7) Practice here is fundamental, so the more problems you solve, the more likely you are to pass the exam. Try to sole as many DIFFERENT QUESTIONS as possible. The people who prepare the exam are MASTERS on presenting questions in a way you never saw before. 😎 DON’T spend yoo much time on areas that are not the MEAT of the exam. Remember that there are areas like Protection and Code that have the higher number of questions. This means don’t go beyond the limits on areas like VFDs, ladder logic etc… Use wisely your time to reinforce the strongest areas. One thing that helped me A LOT was mastering the NEC. 9) However, remember all questions are graded the same, so there is no point on being a beast in "Protection" or "Rotating Machines" and then being an ignorant in other areas. I found out that typically, the questions from the easiest areas are the weirdest and trickiest. 10) Last, during the exam day, follow your strategy, this was mine but again, define yours: a) First round: only solve the questions that are familiar to you, and then flag the questions you want to leave for either the second or third round. In my case, I left all code questions, and all problems that required me to review my materials for the 2nd round. b) Second round: Solve all code questions at the same time, including NESC, NEC, ANSI, whatever…Remember to use the index and your tabs rather than randomly passing pages. Then try to solve the questions that requires more of your analysis but are not completely odd to you. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH WEIRD QUESTIONS AT THIS MOMENT. Also, leave the questions for later if you find yourself stuck. REMEMBER…Time Management!! c) Third round: At this moment, you should have done at least 50% of the questions, but it should be more than that, so now is the time to review your work quickly before moving ON. I didn't review my work the first time I took the PE and that caused me the FAIL NOTICE. To facilitate the review process, make sure you leave some clues on how you solved each question in first place, so you don’t have to double-analyze each question. Another mistake of mine the first time was solving questions without leaving clear notes. d) Fourth round: Now is the time to attack the weird questions, usually the tricky questions require reading more than once, so careful with the reading. Also try to solve any question you were not able to solve in the rounds before. Don’t make the mistake of finishing earlier, spend all the time you have trying to find the answer to the questions you have left. If you got lucky and solved all questions, then start reviewing over and over. IS NEVER ENOUGH. ** Now, I will give you the list of materials I used the most on the exam day, SORTED BY IMPORTANCE LEVEL: 1) Personal Cheat Sheet with all formulas, and Index with cross-references (NEXT TO ME DURING THE ENTIRE EXAM, USED IT 100%) 2) NEC (I don’t list the others because most of the questions are from the NEC except a few of them from the NESC and other code books) 3) Printed notes from the course I took, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ( 4) Electrical Engineer's Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam - Graffeo (GREAT BOOK, ONE OF MY FAVORITES. HOWEVER, IT CANNOT BE USED AS THE ONLY REFERENCE; SOME AREAS ARE POORLY COVERED i.e. Power Electronics, Protective Relays…) 5) Electrical Machines, Drives and Power Systems - Theodore Wildi (GREAT FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINES SECTION, a MUST have) 6) Printed Materials (WELL ORGANIZED/TABBED BINDERS WITH USEFUL INFO IS A LIFE SAVER) 7) Power System Analysis and Design - Duncan Glover (ESPECIALLY GOOD FOR TRANSFORMERS AND PROTECTION SECTION) 😎 Protective Relaying by Blackburn (GREAT IN-DEEP MATERIAL for PROTECTION TOPIC) 9) Power Electronics Devices, Circuits, and Applications - Muhammad H. Rashid (VERY EXTENSIVE BOOK FOR POWER ELECTRONICS) ONLY USE IT AS REQUIRED, THERE IS NO NEED OF READING THE ENTIRE BOOK. I hope this can help future exam takers on their way to success. And remember, work hard and you will see the results. GOOD LUCK!
  8. Topic says it all... what references/articles do you have in your binder? Paralleling Transformers: MVA Method: NEMA Enclosure Types: Grounding: Resistance Grounding:|Resistance-Gro|generic Insulation Testing: Lightning Arresters:|Arresters|generic From Wikipedia, I only have the article on variable frequency drives so far. I also have IEEE C37.2 for the list of device/function numbers.
  9. Hi, Dear All, Please help... T.T I am planning to take SE (bridge) exam in April 2019. I wonder if you guys could recommend some useful materials/books/manuals to buy/study and bring to the exam as references (other than the codes specified in the SE exam specifications). Hopefully you guys can make a must-have list for me when you guys get time. Thank you so much for the help. XD
  10. I've had people PM asking what my strategy was for passing the SE, so I figured I'd post what I did and a few key books I used to pass both the Vertical Building and Lateral Building tests on my first try. First, I would like to point out I found this test extremely difficult. I was already planning my next attempt at the exam because I left the exam feeling very discouraged. So, don't count yourself out if you leave the exam not feeling confident. Anyways my strategy was as follows: 1. I decided to take the Structural PE first. I think this may have been unnecessary, but it helped me ease into how the NCEES tests operate. I found it to be much easier and less tricky than the SE. If nothing else it was a good confidence booster. 2. Since I decided to take both Vertical and Lateral at the same I felt like I needed structure to help keep me on track, so I ended up taking a class. I choose EET, but I had some friends who also did well using both School of PE and PPI. Really, I think any class would have worked since for me it was more about keeping myself accountable and managing my schedule. I also choose the on-demand option as it was a bit more flexible than the live classes. 3. I started studying in late July. This consisted of a mixture of watching the class lectures and working problems. I tried to do at least 2 hours after work every day and 4 each Saturday and Sunday. This didn't always happen as I got married and spent two weeks in Alaska, but I tried to stick to as much as I could. Towards the end I was doing closer to 3 each weekday and 5 or 6 each Saturday and Sunday. The best advice I can give about studying is be completely done reviewing and learning material about a month before the exam. I spent that last month doing nothing but problems. In that last month I worked 4 different full practice exams that included both vertical and lateral. When I worked these exams, I timed myself and tried to simulate the actual exam conditions as close as possible. I think this really helped me fine tune my testing strategy and pin point the areas I was weak. 4. For the AM portions I used your standard test strategy where I answered the easiest problems first and worked my way up in difficulty since they are all weighted the same. For the AM portion on both days I barely finished with enough time and had to make educated guesses on probably 5 or 6 questions on both days. These questions were tricky, and the answer choices frequently had common mistakes as well as intermediate step answers as options. I found the PM portion to be much more straightforward. For the PM portion I used a little different strategy. I did not seek out the easier problems first. I worked them in the order they came. When I began I set my timer for 45 minutes (would be different if you were doing bridges). No matter how far I was in a problem when I hit the 45-minute mark I stopped trying to work the problem and I used the remaining 15 minutes to complete the rest of the questions by writing theory and code references. This strategy worked so well that I finished with about 45 extra minutes. I used that remaining time to go back and work sections of problems I had only put theory, back check problems, and add additional code references. I did this because based on conversations with co-workers you can pass problems with almost just theory and code references alone, but leaving a problem blank or unfinished is almost certain to get you an unacceptable. My understanding is one unacceptable on the afternoon portion will cause you to fail the exam. 5. Absolutely GET ALL the codes NCEES references and make sure they are the correct edition. I was told by a friend they will intentionally ask questions about sections that have changed between editions not to mention your code references will be wrong for the PM portion. Also, I found the following additional books to be helpful: 2012 Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures (7th Edition) Design of Wood Structures-ASD/LRFD / Edition 7 Bridge Problems for the Structural Engineering (SE) Exam SEAOC Seismic Design Manual Series Both PPI's SE Practice Exams and Their Structural Engineering Reference Manual The NCEES Practice Exam I used other books and references as well, but those really stood out to me. I hope this information helps others out there tackle this exam. It's a beast so don't get discouraged. Good luck everyone!
  11. Anyone care to share any websites with some information on Lightning arresters, BIL/SIL, batteries, and power stability studies? Thanks
  12. In the SERM there are several references to Moments Shears and Reactions For Continuous Highway Bridges. These references don't explain where the coefficients and formulas are coming from and I am having trouble locating them. On the attached PDF I think I was able to locate the gamma factor for example 8.16 in Table A4.0 of the mentioned reference above. Mmax is coefficient is at the center of span 1 and Md coefficient is at the very bottom listed as "total area". However, in Example 8.2, the same formula is used but with "a" as the coefficient (M=awL^2). This example is referring to lane loads only and I'm unable to find where that is pulled from. This feels like such an easy yet crucial step in calculating moments/shear for bridges so if anyone can shed some light on these formulas or give any tips on the reference I would greatly appreciate it. I'm a buildings guy so AASHTO and anything related are foreign territory. Bridge_forum post.pdf
  13. Received results today that I passed the April 2016 Chemical PE. I have the following study materials: NCEES Chemical Engineering Pratice Exam, PPI Chemical Engineering Reference Guide, PPI 6 Minute Solutions, PPI Pratice Problems, PPI Quick Reference Guide. I'll take 80% of the list price on In all of these I have a lot of commenting, cross-referencing to the Quick Reference Guide, so if you are a person who needs a clean book, probably not for you; however, if you are a person that finds it value added that for every single problem I created a summary sheet and added that to the backs of the book - You may be in business! I also wrote in some notes about fugacity, activity coefficients, and other mass trasnfer concepts in the quick reference guide that weren't covered in the CERM.
  14. Folks, I am looking for advice. Oct 2016 I will take this exam for the 3rd time. I have tried numerous study aids and took an online course (nothing in my area). While I may not be the brightest, I have never had so much difficulty passing anything else. I tried the live PPI course, but while it is the most comprehensive, it didn't have the depth of study material to assist. Other than exam pointers, the material wasn't like the exam. Here is what I have used: NCEES's practice test. Complex Imaginary Lanza's Spin-Up for electrical engineers Electrical Engineer's Guide to passing the power pe NEC Handbook I spent way too much time studying, and apparently it wasn't effective. What else should I be doing? Thanks, JRM_CA
  15. Quick question: I know California requires 24months of experience, but after reading their FAQ document it seems like they are pretty strict about what accounts as experience. Right now, I am almost on the borderline with 25months of experience with a engineering consulting firm. I can also gather four references with PE for my experience. Should I go ahead and apply for approval, and is there anything I should be careful about?
  16. Just completed the PE Oct 25, 2013, Water Resources and Enviro. I've read some great suggestions on here, and I didn't want to simply take from this Board without providing something in return. I've yet to find a comprehensive post like this one, where it simply answers many questions future-PE takers have. I'll try to be as succinct as I can, while providing enough detail. Suggested References AM 100% CERM (best civil engineering reference out there) PM 75% CERM 15% Wasterwater Engineering (Metcalf and Eddy) 10% Environmental Engineering (Davis Cornwell) Do Nots Bought Hydrology and Hydraulics by Gupta, big waste of money. Horrible index, and very similar to CERM. Could may have used it for one question, but was also answered in CERM I also bought the Water Resources and Environmental Depth Reference manual (CEWE) by Brant and Kauffman, another huge waste of money. Very very similar to CERM, no value add. Left at home I can only comment on these two since I own them. I do not think it is imperative to own any other reference material Practice Problems Though 3 of the 4 suggested practice problem books are more in depth than the actual PE, I highly suggest still practicing with each one. There are many mutually exclusive practice problems that may not be covered by the other 3 and is covered in one of them. Its all about exposure to as wide a variety of practice problems as possible. Six Minute Solutions - Great study material, but is much more in depth than the actual PE. Though these questions may not show up in whole on the exam, parts of a problem may. Important to have a pretty good understanding of the problems overall. Few of the problems in here are ridiculous, but good to at least be aware of different questions Practice Problems, CERM Companion - Another great study material. Stick to the subjects that are covered on the PE. CERM has many additional topics that will not be tested on in PE. These practice problems are more in depth than the actual PE, but again could show up in part on the Exam Civil PE Sample Examination (CESX4) - For some reason really enjoyed this study material. More in depth than the Exam NCEES PE Civil (NCPECW) - This is the one that is an absolute must have. Identical depth to PE! I strongly believe that these are previous Exam questions. I wish I could've found the older version as well to study with Study Strategy Having gone through some very intense studying (read CERM cover to cover, skipping very little. Read Wasterwater cover to cover. Read 80% Environmental. Read 70% of Hydrology book. Completed about 350 hours of study in 2.25 months) this is what I would suggest: Don't be an expert at every problem and every subject. I would highly suggest focusing intensly on 100% of AM and only 75% of PM, with mild focus on the remaining 25% of PM. This way when you're taking the exam, you'll immediately know how to approach majority of the problems, and sometimes not even need to open a book for reference. You'll get those problems out of the way very quickly, and have plenty of time to reference materials for the remaining 25% that you'll put a mild focus on. Tab your references, but don't over tab. Perhaps get a larger tab with a good amount of space on it, and write down the top 3 - 5 important things from that section. Referencing is absolutely key! I can't emphasize this enough. When doing the practice problems, struggle as much as your patience can handle with each problem before looking at the solution in the back! This is very important. I laughed when I saw some of the Hydraulic PE civils coming in with suitcases of books. I came in with only the 3 above and they were plenty. You don't have time to look and look through references. Its stressful enough taking the PE, why stress yourself even more by struggling through piles of books. I completed the AM in 2 hours, and the PM in 2.5 hours. The last half hour of the PM was spent solving 4 problems (my mild focus) which gave me plenty of time to review. Other If there is anything I left out that someone would like to know more about, respond and I'll do my best to give a good response. I found this forum very helpful to my studies, and it is important we help guide each other on this journey...without violating ethics of course.
  17. Hello all, I've been approved for the Oct PE Mechanical exam and I'm planning on taking the mechanical systems and materials afternoon depth. My first goal is to determine what references I should bring on exam day, so I can study directly from those over the next few months. While I see many topics about what resources to bring, I don't see any good replies that are specifically for the *mechanical systems and materials* test. Sorry if I'm just blind :-) Has any one taken this depth test? What books/resources did you bring and what did you actually use? Many thanks!
  18. Hi all I am going to be taking the Fe environmental exam based upon work experience in Washington State, and was wondering if anyone could suggest any good text/reference books to get me started on exam preparation. I have been working as a marine scientist for 10 years, so hopefully should have the environmental science and chemistry, statistics and risk assessment sections down, so any suggestions for the other subject areas would be most welcomed. Any other advice from people taking the exam based upon experience alone would be appreciated also. Thanks, John
  19. Hi, I'm taking the Civil exam next week, water/environmental depth. The exam specs include construction safety, and I'm wondering if it is worth the effort to print, bind, and bring all 612 pages of the OSHA 1926 regs. Any realistic chance there will be a question that I will need the regs for in the morning session? Thanks.
  20. Hope the studying is going well for you all! I'll be taking it down in Sacramento. Anyone with me? There are 11 references listed for the Transportation depth section and I'm finding it very difficult to obtain them all without breaking bank. Here is the list: AASHTO A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 6th edition, 2011, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. AASHTO Guide for Design of Pavement Structures (GDPS-4-M), 1993, and 1998 supplement, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, 4th edition, 2011, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide: A Manual of Practice, interim edition, July 2008, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, 1st edition, 2004, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. AASHTO Highway Safety Manual, 1st ed., vol. 1, 2010, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, Washington, DC. AI The Asphalt Handbook (MS-4), 7th edition, 2007, Asphalt Institute, Lexington, KY. HCM Highway Capacity Manual 2010, Transportation Research Board—National Research Council, Washington, DC. MUTCD Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, 2009, including Revisions 1 and 2 dated May 2012, U.S. Department of TransportationFederal Highway Administration, Washington, DC. PCA Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th edition, 2011, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, IL. FHWA Hydraulic Design of Highway Culverts, Hydraulic Design Series I have the ones in BOLD. Anyone have insight if we really NEED the others? If so does anyone know where I could get access to the PDF version for free or at a good price? Appreciate it!
  21. I found this link of free resources for the Environmental PE Exam and was wondering if anyone used any of these resources for the exam and found them to be useful.
  22. I took and passed the exam in April, Civil Breadth, Transportation Depth As I recall, I utilized the following to get ready for the morning section: CERM 12 & CERM 13 I utilized Michael Lindburg’s Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam as my main resource. There were some major source changes between 12 and 13 but I found that most instances where I was referencing a table to gather a number were from my more specialized source books. I believe the only additional section to the CERM 13 was a part about Painting Highway Bridges—so if you’re not taking the Transportation depth section of the PE exam, I wouldn’t worry about it. I started studying with the CERM 12, which I purchased in Fall 2012—when I had good intentions to study all winter. I did study on and off, but ended up taking a review course in which the CERM 13 was included as a course material. I found this to be an excellent reference and am happy to have it in my professional library. Online, you can print a copy of the index—not having to flip through a 4” thick book saves more time than you can imagine. Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam: A Companion to the Civil Engineering Reference Manual (CEPP13) PE Civil: Transportation Sample Questions and Solutions (NCEES) Quick Reference for the Civil Engineering PE Exam (CEQR7) Civil PE Sample Examination (CE SX4) I reviewed the rest of them here:
  23. I passed the Chemical PE exam this October and I want to sell my books. NCEES Sample Exam Chemical Engineering Reference Manual 6th ed. Solutions to Chemical Engineering Reference Manual 6th ed. PM me for contact information. I live in Houston.
  24. I took the PE Exam in October 2011 and passed the first time. I bought just about every reference that I could get my hands on and I'm happy to be sending them off. I am somewhat similiar to a previous seller. I took a PE Exam review course and recieved the 11th edition of Lindeburg's CERM and Practice Problems but did not find this to be a problem when I studied with others. Even if you do not buy my books...I strongly suggest that you also buy the 11th editions because they are a bit cheaper. I took the Construction Afternoon section and feel that most (if not all) of my references helped. Some helped me more during my study time...some were a better help as an exam reference. I want my pricing to be fair and reasonable; therefore, I have NOT included the price of shipping into each item. I have been burned on shipping in the past...I thought that the price for the book was fair, but when the seller added a flat $10 in for shipping (even though it only cost him $2.50)...I was a little upset. The prices below reflect just the cost of the book. I will get a price quote for shipping to your address prior to mailing the book (prices vary depending on your location). I will then inform you of the price, if all is agreeable...the final sell will be the price advertised below plus the cost of shipping. I have set prices based on Amazon Trade-in Value and book condition. Civil Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 11th Edition by Michael R. Lindeburg, P.E. I used this book quite a bit to study for the morning Civil PE Exam. It has all of the tables and reference material that you will need for the morning. The 11th edition is practically the same as the 12th edition and it's cheaper. Excellent condition, I can count on one hand how many pages have writing or highlighting. Brand new $200, $150 Civil Engineering Practice Problems for the Civil Engineering PE Exam, 11th Edition by Michael R. Lindeburg, P.E. The practice problems are a bit challenging, although extremely helpful in familiarizing yourself with the CERM. If you can get through these you will be very well prepared in the morning section of the PE Exam. Excellent condition, no permanent marks in the book Brand new $65, $35 Civil PE Sample Examination, 2nd Edition by Michael R. Lindeburg, P.E. Like the Practice problems, this exam is harder than the actual exam; however, I went through it twice when I was practicing problems for the PE. I felt that it was helpful in familiarizing myself with my ability to use references QUICKLY, plus understanding these problems made me more confident in my ability to pass the real PE. No marks, Like New 40 Civil Morning Sample Questions 40 Construction Afternoon Sample Questions 40 Structural Afternoon Sample Questions 40 Transportation Afternoon Sample Questions 40 Geotechnical Afternoon Sample Questions 40 Water Resources and Environmental Afternoon Sample Questions Brand new $60, $42 All-in-One Civil Engineering PE Breadth and Depth Exam Guide by Indranil Goswami Great, quick study book that makes the concepts seem a bit simpler than the CERM. No marking, Like New Brand new $70, $55 NCEES Civil Engineering Principle and Practice of Engineering PE, CONSTRUCTION Sample Questions and Solutions NCEES is the author. Exact representation of the type of problems you will see on the exam. 20 Civil Morning Sample Questions 20 Construction Afternoon Sample Questions Brand new $40, $30 Civil PE Professional Engineer Exam Construction Module, 3rd Edition by Ruwan Rajapakse Would not have passed the Construction Section without this book. Some marking and highlighting Brand new $30, $20 Civil PE Professional Engineer Exam Construction Module Practice Problems (Copyright 2010) by Ruwan Rajapakse Would not have passed the Construction Section without this book. This is a sisterbook to the 3rd Edition Construction book mentioned above. Some marking and highlighting Brand new $35, $25 NDS for Wood Construction (Wood Design Package), 2005 Edition by American Wood Council One of the recommended references for Construction. Have to buy the package when you buy it from American Wood Council. No Markings, Like new Brand new $150, $85 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-05) with Commentary (ACI 318R-05) One of the recommended references for Construction No Markings, Like new Brand new $135, $90 Formwork for Concrete, 7th Edition by M.K. Hurd One of the recommended references for Construction No Markings, Like new Brand new $164, $129 ASCE Standard Design Loads on Structures During Construction (SEI/ASCE 37-02) One of the recommended references for Construction No Markings, Like new Brand new $37, $27 Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction One of the recommended references for Construction No Markings, Like new Brand new $50, $37
  25. CivilPeExam.Com categorizes some of the most popular books, videos and classes used to prepare for the Civil PE Examination. If you know of any good references not already on the site, add a comment below, or comment here. I hope this helps!
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