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Hello all, I am currently a new graduate from University of California, San Diego with a degree in BS Structural Engineering. I have been interning at a mid-size structural design firm for about 2 months now in the Bay Area. Palo Alto to be exact. My starting hourly wage was only 15 dollars an hr. And now that I have interned for two months, the principal is offering me a full time position with a wage of 18 an hr. Now...I know am inexperienced with the exception of my intern experience here. However, from my ask around from my friends and colleagues, I know i should be aiming for around 55k-60k. This offer is no where near that. 15 an hr was fine for interning cause I just want experience. Is my salary expectation skewed? Should I take this offer (it is at will)? Maybe I should take the offer, get some experience and then leave in like a couple of months? With the exception of the salary, I love this job. I get to work on a variety of projects, i like my coworkers and the hours are reasonable. Please advise...I am so green haha. Thanks everybody
I'm taking PE for the first time in April 2015 - 8-hour (Water Resources and Environment depth), as well as the seismic and surveying. I started studying for the 8-hour about a month ago (5-10 hours a week) and am ramping up now, hopefully getting to 10-15 hours/week from here on out. I was originally planning to use the following study schedule, but now think that I may be spreading myself too thin: Oct - Jan: 8-hour studying on my own using PPI books/practice problems and PPI/NCEES practice tests Feb - Hiner Seismic Course March - Reza Mahallati Surveying Course April - Final 8-hour/seismic/surveying studying and TESTS! I recently was advised to just focus on the 8-hour the first time around, and then go back next year for seismic and surveying. Of course it would be wonderful to pass all 3 the first time around, but I'm worried that if I try to fit in everything then maybe I wouldn't pass anything! What studying strategies worked for you? Any recommendations are appreciated! Also, is there anyone else in the Bay Area studying for the Civil that would like to team up?
Hi, just got the result back that I passed my FE civil exam. Since I have the mendatory 6 years of experience, I can now take my PE. Probaly not gonna happen in October - won't get my references and paperwork done in 8 days - so April it is! I'm trying to figuere out what books and materials I should buy and where from. PPI2pass.com, amazon.com, craigslist, ... ? I'm also interested in any form of study-group or at least have contact with fellow soon-to-be-PEs in California, preferable in the Bay Area. I am from Germany but I live in San Francisco now. Thanks!
"Seismic Principles Review Class" is offered for examinees who prepare for coming Civil Engineering PE exam (April 2013). Seismic Class: It is offered in three location: Sacramento, Hayward, and Irvine. Four full-day very extensive class. Course fee includes instructor's prepared "Seismic Principles Exam -Prep. Book." 10% Early registration discount is available. Please visit www.seismic-class.com for further information. Please see the attached few pages of "Seismic Principles Exam -Prep. Book." Contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you like to see more pages of Prep-Book. Instructor: Vaikunthan Renga, MS, SE PrepBook-Excerpts.pdf