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  1. Hi all, I am looking for the best practice problem book with "EXAM LIKE QUESTIONS" for HVAC & R - PE exam. What I am looking for feel for the exam like questions difficulty level and not trying to get into lengthy solutions and details which would not be tested in the exam. I would rather spend time to get a feel for the questions which would reflect the exam like questions as well as the difficulty level that way I can prepare better to handle such questions in the exam. I know there are several options based on my research, including slay the PE, 6 minute solutions, PPI practice problems etc etc. which one do you think worth investing time and effort. Your input in this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!!
  2. I have the following books if someone wants to buy them from me at a great discount. HCM 2010 Highway safety manual, first edition 2010 Pavement Design Guide, July 2008 AASHTO guide for design of pavement structures, Part 1 and 2 Guide for the planning, design, and operation of pedestrian facilities, July 2004 Roadside Design Guide, 4th Edition 2011 Hydraulic Design of Highway Culverts, 3rd edition, 2012 MUTCD 2009 Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 16th edition *Does not include Green Book, the edition I have is old anyway. I spent about $1400 on them over a year ago, I'll sell all together for $500
  3. NESC 2017 $155 Contact for faster response
  4. Hello everyone, I meant to call this topic "the PE - an epic journey" but thought again about the title to give it more reach. I passed the Mech HVAC PE exam last April 2019 and here is how. The strategy I have followed is the one that has always worked for me so far for many exams but you will surely have other means to get to your goal. Given the fact that it gets challenging to exactly know what you will be tested on, and that it impacts a lot your surroundings such as your family, I prepared to maximize my chances to only take it once. It was sort of a go or no-go and I had decided that failure wouldn't be an option. Should I fail, I wouldn't have had any regrets since I was pushing it at the forefront of everything not leaving me in the doubt that I could have done better and better. All of this is about the MINDSET and what you are ready to sacrifice to make it your first priority. "I don't have time" wasn't applicable anymore. "I need to find the time" was the right approach. Given all of this, I have started studying for the April 2019 session beginning of December 2018 after procrastinating the whole November month. I am 35 year old, dad of a (by then) 2-month-old daughter (she is now 7-month-old), have a full-time job (50h/week) and my wife works full time as well. No family local support. Time to study: 5 months (~300/ 400h). That may sound overkill but that's what I put to get there. Averaged studying schedule: 2h each day of weekday and 10h per weekend with some exception when my job took over. I wanted to keep myself motivated so the reason was to NOT lose momentum! Some prep game pieces of advice to get started: 1- Kill the impostor syndrome taking you away from what you truly want. 2- You only know what you are capable of so don't let other sidetracking you from your goals. 3- Get surrounded by positive energy (people you like who support you). Make them understand what your journey is about to be like. Collateral damage will exist so better to let others know about it. 4- Make sure you can focus by chunks of time that are effective. 2h was for me the minimum to get into it fully. 5- Secure a zone where you can leave your mess behind and big enough to be able to open several books on the table. From Day 0 I didn't know what to look up for and what resources to study. After googling a few keywords it came obvious to buy the MERM (13th edition). I tabbed the pages I needed and used the reference appendixes like crazy. I cruised through various chapters and have established a roadmap. Instead of studying the MERM, I instead took a bottom-up approach diving straight away into practice pbs. I was learning by doing. Among those below is what I followed in order over 4/5 months straight: 0- The MERM - get a sense of what is in there. Tab the chapters and pages you need overtime and appendixes you will get back often especially the steam tables. 1- Mechanical PE Exam Prep (Youtube and Udemy videos, and few 1 on 1 calls) extremely useful to go over the fundamentals and practice problems. Use the MERM to refer to the equations. Did them all 3 times or until I had them 90% right - Some overlap with the SMS and NCEES practice pbs. 2- 6 Minutes Solutions (SMS): Very useful to go over the answers in details. Know them on your fingertips. Did them all 3 times or until I had them 90% right. 3- EngineeringProGuide: bought the study guide, practices exams, and reference practice exams problems. Did them all 3 times or until I had them 90% right. Great to know how to use the 4 ASHRAE handbooks. 4- NCEES practice exams (2011 and 2016). Did back and forth all the problems 3 times or until I had them 90% right. 5- MERM practice pbs (selected ones). Focus on those that require more attention such as fundamentals. 6- ASHRAE Handbooks (Fundamentals, HVAC and Systems and Equipment, Refrigeration, Applications). Very useful to know where the chapters and empirical equations are located. You will be tested on those! 7- ASHRAE 90.1 55.1 62.1 Standards. Know what the requirements are for each. 8- NFPA 90 A and 90B codes. Good to cruise over to figure what type of information is inside. 9- Your PERSONAL cheat sheet!: The most important of it all. Write down all the equations you need and store for the quick lookup. 10- Psychrometric Charts and MISC materials. Anything not listed up above that important enough to include. Important to have the Sea Level, 5000ft, low and high temp ones. I saved the last month to actually go over all the material up above in no specific order and prepare for the exam. Did some 8h sessions with a 1h break in between to put me in the real situation, under a TIME PRESSURE. Good to figure out how much your brain can absorb before you get sidetracked and miss focus. Went to the site a week prior to the exam, got to know where the room would be. Before test day, packed in a suitcase of the reference materials, some snacks, water bottles, wrist clock and most importantly: earplugs. Looked again at all the notes the last time and made sure the cheat sheet materials were in a three-ring binder. Rested for the rest of the day. On exam day, the AM session went fine but the PM one was a killer. The NCEES practice exam books are representative enough of what to expect but figured that they were a lot of problems requiring some lookup from the ASHRAE handbooks. Left the exam room in the unknown given the fact that I didn't know was the cutting score would be. I had read online one needs to score 70%. Overall I was confident enough to get close to this score but did some educated guess here and there. The hardest part was the wait before the release 39/40 days after! The major takeaway is that you should go there confident and under cold-blood. The more you can prepare for it, the better for your future. This is a short term pain for a long term gain. Had down times driven by emotions, lack of sleep and stress stacking up but was an indicator that I meant to make it happen. No one wants to live this twice or more with a family and busy schedule. Celebrate hard after you pass to release all the commitment you went through! You can do it! Best to you all and good luck with the exam! Olivier PS: - Pic 1, my 4months daughter checking that the maths are right - Pic 2, a souvenir. Glad I didn't start a collection.
  5. 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!
  6. I took and passed the CIVIL PE TRANSPORTATION EXAM this past fall. I have a bunch of books and materials that I am looking to sell. We all know the books and prep materials can get expensive! This is a great way to save a lot of money!!!! 🤑 Books include: CERM, 16th edition CERM COMPANION for the 16th edition Highway Capacity Manual Transportation Depth Reference Manual Transportation Depth 6 min questions Civil Practice problems (companion to CERM) I also have other manuals I had binded as well.
  7. Passed the SE 16, so I'm selling my AASHTO book and practice bridge problems book.
  8. Having gotten the great news that I passed the PE Thermal Fluids exam this April, I am selling my books. I found that having studied HVAC even though I was taking Thermal saved me during the exam and consider all these books vital in my success. All the exam problems were worked out on separate engineering papers and all the books are mostly clear of any markings. I will cover the shipping via USPS. I am willing to sell the entire lot for $120.00. PE Mechanical - Thermal and Fluids Systems Practice Exam ISBN:978-1-59126-542-9 Condition: New Price: $50.00 PE Mechanical - HVAC and Refrigeration Practice Exam ISBN:978-1-59126-540-5 Condition: New Price: $50.00 Six-Minute Solutions for Mechanical PE Exam Thermal and Fluids System Problems Second Edition ISBN:978-1-59126-147-6 Condition: New Price: $50.00 PE Mechanical Thermal and Fluids Systems Practice Exam ISBN:978-1-59126-415-6 Condition: Like New Price: $60.00 2011 NCEES PE Thermal and Fluids System Questions and Solutions ISBN: 978-1-932613-61-2 Condition: Like New Price: $20.00 2001 NCEES PE Mechanical Sample Questions and Solutions ISBN: 1-932613-13-7 Condition: Like New Price: $50.00 - Very Useful and Rare to Find 2016 NCEES PE Thermal and Fluids System Questions and Solutions ISBN: 9781932613780 Condition: Like New Price: $10.00 (I have 2 on Hand) Thermal and Fluids System Reference Manual for the Mechanical PE Exam ISBN: 9781591265221 Condition: New Price: $80.00
  9. 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!
  10. Simple topic. Have you read any good books lately? Or are you reading anything really good right now? If you had to pick one, what is your favorite book? Do you have any favorite authors? I'll start! I joined a new book club a few months ago, and right now, we're reading Murder on the Orient Express. I don't think I'd ever really read any Agatah Christy novels before, though I remember my brother reading them when I was a kid. I'm a little surprised to say that I am really enjoying it! That book gave me goosebumps as I was reading it last night. My favorite book is probably a tie between The Secret History by Donna Tartt and The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. The latter was a book I chose for summer reading in high school, and I still really like it. I haven't reread it in a while though, perhaps I should. I'm really trying to get back into reading (I fell into a multi-year period where I wasn't really reading any books, just blogs, newspapers, and online news). Are there any other regular (or avid) readers out there?
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  14. If someone who has already passed the exam is looking to sell any study materials please let me know. I am taking the HVAC and Refrigeration test. Thank You! Travis
  15. Our Seismic books have all been updated to reflect the latest codes. (IBC 2015/ CBC 2016, SDPWS-2015 & ASCE 7-10) go to or find them on Amazon.
  16. Description: Camera's Manual is a perfect book for efficient preparation and timely review for PE exam. It is a great reference material during the actual exam and when are very rusty on certain topics. This is the latest edition and includes the latest topics specified for PE-Power NCEES. Spin up exams by Lanza includes 5 practice exams for you to get some additional practice, learn more about different style of questions and increase your confidence levels. NCEES Practice exam is the latest practice exam by NCEES Graffeo Guide: The Guide is a Prep manual for passing the Electrical Engineering PE Exam in the power discipline. The Guide includes a practice exam with detailed solutions. The Power PE Exam Prep Guide closely follows the syllabus posted by the NCEES, allowing the user to find information for most of the test subjects in one reference. This Power PE Exam prep manual includes information on such topics as Circuit Analysis, Electromagnetic Devices, Rotating Machines, Transmission and Distribution, Power System Performance, Power System Protection, General Power Engineering, Codes and Standards, Special Applications, Devices and Power Electronic Circuits. Pricing: These three books is a must have for preparation for PE. I am selling all of these together: Camara's Book ($210 value) + Lanza ($120 value) + PE NCEES Practice Exam ($40)+ The Electrical Engineer's Guide to Passing the Power PE Exam Spiral-bound – 2016 by Graffeo ($98) The total price is $280. Shipping cost: $10. Condition: The books are in MINT condition. No markings, no bookmarks, etc. Additional pictures available upon request. NOTE: Practice NCEES exam has highlighted questions. All marks were made in pencil and are erased. Graffeo book has removable book tabs for easy reference/quick access (proved very helpful during exam). Extra: I can also provide additional recommendations around PE-Power to help in your preparations. PM me if you are interested. Please PM me if you are interested. Serious inquiries only. Good luck!
  17. I am selling all of the following items together that I used for my test (Oct 2016) and I passed: PPI Practice Problems for Mechanical Engineering PE Exam (Condition: Like new) MERM (Condition: has my notes in it) 2016 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: HVAC Systems and Equipment I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2007 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: HVAC Application I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2002 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: Refrigeration I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2005 ASHRAE HANDBOOK: Fundumentals I-P Edition (Condition: like new) 2016 ASHRAE Pocket Guide I-P Edition (Condition: New) Merm and ASHRAE Index Copy of Psychometric Charts + Thermodynamic Properties Charts NCEES Practice problems (all three mechanical engineering disciplines-older revisions) (Condition: copy) NCEES Practice problems Mechanical Systems and materials (Condition: good) NCEES Practice problems HVAC and Refrigeration (Condition: good) Six-Minute Solutions: Thermal and Fluid Systems Problems - Second Edition (Condition: good) Six-Minute Solutions: HVAC - Second Edition (Condition: good) All for $1700 plus shipping. I will through in a box, couple of approved calculators plus the clock I used for time keeping and during the exam if you need them. I also have a course material that helped me practice. I practiced all these for ~3 months part time (~15 hours a week) and I passed. I have no HVAC experience what so ever except a four story building that I designed in school. Thanks, Al email me if interested: PayPal accepted.
  18. Looking for the book "Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction" Send me a message for more details; I'll pay for the shipping. Include in your message the condition of the book: Like New, Good, Fair, or if it has highlighting or writing on it. Thanks!
  19. Passed the PE Chemical exam. Please reply if you would like to buy the following books which helped me prepare: 1. NCEES PE practice exam 2. PE Chem practice exam - Vasquez PPI 3. Chem eng Solved problems - Nandgopal 4. 6-minute solutions - Vasquez PPI 5. Binder containing steam tables, Crane fluids, 2004 practice exam NCEES and other material These problems help you practice for the exam. Sale price is $240. Reply with your email id if interested
  20. Hi, I'm selling my exam prep books for the Mech PE exam (after taking the Oct 2015 exam). Thankfully I will never have to look at these books again! Here's a link to the ebay auction, grab yourself a bargain. Cheers and good luck future exam takers!
  21. $30 BOB'S RIGGING & CRANE HANDBOOK THE HOISTING TRIANGLE SEVENTH EDITION- Like new $15 2010 PE Civil : Construction Sample Questions and Solutions by NCEES Staff - fair condition used with answers circles. AM and PM questions $25 Project Management for Engineering and Construction by Garold D. Oberlender (2000, Hardcover) ISBN: 9780070393608 - good condition. $90 Construction Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam by Thomas Korman (2011, Paperback) ISBN:9781591263487- like new a few highlights. $75 Civil PE Construction Module 4th [Paperback] [2010] (Author) Ruwan Rajapakse PE CCM CCE AVS, Ruwan Rajapakse - like new has highlights. $75 Civil PE Construction Module Practice Problems [Paperback] [2010] (Author) Ruwan Rajapakse PE CCM CCE AVS, Ruwan Rajapakse - like new has highlights. $75 Six-Minute Solutions for Civil PE Exam Construction Problems by Elaine Huang (2012, Paperback) ISBN: 9781591263708 good condition problems worked. Has AM and PM. $130 318-08: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary - new. $20 Design Loads on Structures During Construction : SEI/ASCE Standard No. 37-02. ISBN: 9780784406182 -new. $50 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction-ASD/LRFD 2005 : With Commentary and Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction by Natfo and Adams. ISBN: 9780962598593 ALL BOOKS AS LISTED OR BEST OFFER. SHIPPING: ITEMS USUALLY SHIP WITHIN 6 - 10 BUSINESS DAYS.
  22. It's my exams time and i want to download short mechanical engineering notes for my exams so please tell me where can i get it.
  23. Selling the following books: 1 Integrated Solid Waste Management Engineering Principles & Management Issues- Georgio Tchobanoglous, Theisen/Vigil - used , very little pencil markings $20 2 Air Pollution Control – david Cooper, Alley FC -2nd edition -heavy highlighter markings $15 3 Study Guide for Engineering Economics Analysis by DG Newnan, E Wheeler - 9th edition -used -no markings, like new $5 a NCEES PE sample questions + solutions (2011) 100 solved questions and answers Used, few pencil markings $30 B NCEES PE sample questions + solutions (2004) 100 solved questions and answers Used, few pencil markings $30 4 Practice Problems for the PE Environmental Exam by Michael Farland, S Shelton, H Fuentes (1996) - 24 solved problems $20 5 Six minute solutions for Civil PE (Environmental Problems) by RW Schneiter (2003) $20 6 Environmetal Engineering Practice PE exams – 3rd edition RW Schneiter $30 7 Companion to Environmental Engineering Reference Manual -2nd edition by Michael Lindeburg -poor quality but can we used $15
  24. Just put a bunch of study material on amazon. Lindeburg, NCEES sample example, 6 Minute.... etc. Link here. If you are interested in anything, let me know. Good luck to all those studying, you can do it!
  25. Hi, I am selling the following books. Anyone interested please email me at : MERM 13th Edition- Original price $265; Selling it for $185 Practice Problems; a companion to the MERM - Original price $95; Selling it for $65 Quick reference for Mechanical engineering PE exam - Original price $80; selling it for $ 55 Engineering unit conversions- Original price $25; selling it for $15 ASME steam tables- Original price $15; selling it for $9 Six minute solutions for PE HVAC and refrigeration- Original price $ 75; Selling it for $50 NCEES sample exam book- Original price $30; selling it for $20. FE review manual, third edition- Original price $85; selling it for $50 1001 solved engineering fundamental practice problems- Original price $85; selling it for $45 CORE Engineering concepts- Original price $125; selling it for $85 Prices are negotiable if more than 3-4 books are brought together.
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