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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. Hi all, I have a question for all of you who are non-US citizens and applied for the FE / PE exam in California. California requires all foreign applicants to provide a ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) on the application form in place of the Social Security Number. The ITIN can be requested to the IRS using Form W-7. My question is: What reason for requesting an ITIN did you provide on IRS Form W-7? (see screenshot below) I submit Form W-7 months ago and the IRS got back to me saying I am not eligible because I'm requesting the ITIN for an invalid reason. According to them, the ITIN is only required for federal tax reporting. Today I tried explaining to them on the phone why I need one but I had no success. How did you fill the top part of Form W-7? Did you tick the box next to h) ? What explanation did you provide? Thank you! Paul
  4. All those taking exam in Sacramento, California Area. Wondering where is the usual exam location for Power PE? Thanks.
  5. Hi everyone, For those who may ask for it, below the steps I went through to obtain the CA PE license. Discipline: Mechanical. 04/05/19 - Took NCEES 8 hour exam 05/14/19 - Received results notice from NCEES. Passed 8 hour. 05/20/19 - Mailed my application package for licensure via USPS priority mail (with a tracking number) 05/21/19 - CA BPELSG received my application package (tracked with tracking number) 05/29/19 - CA BPELSG cashed the check in my application package 07/29/19 - Received email from CA BPELSG, stating that my application package was technically approved 08/20/19 - Received email from CA BPELSG, stating that I was a California licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer 08/21/19 - Received mail with license number Overall the process went pretty fast once the application was submitted but putting all the paperwork and application package took a lot of time going through official school transcripts, notarization, recommendation sealed letters etc. Good luck to you all.
  6. Hello, I finally have enough years of experience to start submitting my PE Application! Yay! However I am stuck. I'm unsure of how to phrase my previous 1 year of experience during my time in a consulting firm. I didn't do design, but I was part of project management. Will this not count as experience towards my PE application? I'm not sure what "key words" I should be using. How specific should I be in the "decisions made" section? Thank you for any suggestions.
  7. Used for self study and pass CA PE Survey exam. I took notes with pencil. I didn't mark answers of practice problems so you can still test yourself and check out correct answers later.
  8. Does anyone know whether if it is allowed to bring in a binder with reference pages inside sheet protectors? The reference material itself wouldn't be 3-hole punched but the sheet protector covering it would be. I know that sleeves or stapled material is not okay but couldn't find anything on this situation- unless sheet protectors are considered "sleeves".
  9. How long does it take to hear back from Sacramento after sending EIT application?
  10. I am preparing for the California Geotechnical Engineer (GE) examination and have not had much luck finding resources (i.e., sample exams) or recommendations on study materials. Any recommendations or thoughts on how best to prepare? For those that have taken the test - how difficult is the exam? Was the challenge technical expertise or time management on the test?
  11. Hi all, I have passed the FE exam, and I am applying for the EIT certificate. I noticed that the minimum requirement to apply for EIT in CA is "Three or more years of postsecondary (college level) engineering education, OR Three or more years engineering-related work experience, OR A combination of the two that total three or more years." My background is: 1. Bachelor of Arts, Major: Environmental Science, Minor: Pre-Engineering, 4 years 2. Master of Science in Civl and Environmental Engineering, 1.5 years 3. No engineering work experience I was wondering if I am eligible to apply for the EIT certificate in CA? Thank you for your assistance!
  12. I am in need of a study group and find it to be very effective, especially to help with questions (in addition to review courses, CERM, etc.). I even have a schedule in mind to share. Is anyone willing to form a study group for the PE - Civil (Transportation)? Please message me and hopefully we can try to set something up. Thanks.
  13. I'm trying to get an FE Waiver in CA and have a few questions and I'm wondering if anyone here can help as I'm waiting for a phone call back from the board. I'm an EE with over 20 years of experience in an exempt environment. So this translates to having only one reference that has a stamp and a true struggle to find sups/managers that aren't dead or retired (I wish I was joking about the dead part sadly). 1. "In responsible charge" seems to be a licensed PE term/classification. How do I translate this for my exempt references? The application says ( "At least one of the licensed references must be from a person in responsible charge over the applicant for each engagement for which the applicant desires credit." 2. Do I need to provide references for all my engagements? I have experience performing work outside of electrical engineering, including my current job which is civil. 3. What should my exemption references say in the fill-in-the-blank after "I am legally exempt from licensure because" ......... ? Does anyone else have any advice as to how to help your reference fill out the form when they are likely not familiar with the terminology in the form. I'm worried it will be a barrier to getting these back. TIA, Jennifer
  14. Hi all, I took the Civil FE for the first time last week and was pretty confident about it. I studied only for about 3 weeks (during my winter break) about 5-6 hours a day. I created a solid study plan and focused my time on my stronger subjects (Transpo, Hydraulics, Geotech, Env, Mathematics, Ethics and Construction). I mainly used the videos from Marshall University and my FE prep book (FE Civil Review - Michael Lindeburg) to brush up on old subjects. I was also pretty familiar with the cheat sheet thats given on the test, I used it during my studying and knew where everything was during the test. Since I'm a pretty fast test taker, I finished my exam about an hour early and only guessed on about a total of 10-15 questions for the entire exam. I was very shocked and disappointed when I got my results back this morning and unfortunately did not pass. Attached is my diagnostic and as you can see, I did poorly in majority of the subjects. I think my failure could be due to the fact that I didn't do enough practice problems? Although I felt confident about my knowledge. I want to take the test ASAP since the semester will start to pick up again and you all know how difficult it is to manage engineering classes, work and studying for a huge exam like the FE. But I'm not sure if there is a time constraint between my first exam and my retake, I've looked everywhere online and can't seem to find a solid answer. I am in the state of California so if any of you have any idea that would be really helpful! I know you can only take 3 exams during a 12 month period but not sure for the time between each tests. Also if any of you have any study tips/advice I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
  15. Hello everyone! Like a lot of people here, I'm applying to take my PE Exam and ran into a little trouble with the engagement/references portion of the application. The preface: an individual who agreed to be my reference reviewed some samples of my work (they aren't part of the office I work at) asked for me to send the relevant paperwork to their address. After 2 weeks of not receiving the paperwork back in my snail-mail inbox, I wrote a quick email to them to confirm they received my paperwork; that was this past Tuesday. I still have not heard any response, unfortunately. The question: is it considered rude, pushy, or otherwise negative if I call and/or email them at least one more time in the coming week?
  16. We are seeking a Project Engineer to join our Civil Engineering team in Ontario, CA. Our civil engineering group provides engineering planning, general consultation and design services for private developers for both Commercial and Residential development projects, institutional projects and Municipal projects. This position requires 2-5 years of experience. Requirements • B.S. Civil Engineering is required. A California P.E. registration is a plus. • Substantial planning and design experience including grading, sewer, water, storm drain, SWPPP compliance, erosion control, and horizontal control layouts. • Proficiency in preparation of design calculations, quantities, estimates and specifications. • AutoCAD Civil-3D proficiency is desired. • Some project management experience is preferred, and a desire to develop his/her abilities and career in project management and client relations. • Ability and desire to lead a team, provide direction and mentor team members. IMEG Corp is one of the largest engineering consulting firms in the U.S. specializing in high-performing building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services. Formed in 2015, through a merger of KJWW Engineering Consultants and TTG Engineers, IMEG’s strength is our willingness to collaborate and reach beyond the status quo, challenging ourselves to be thought leaders and innovators in the A/E/C industry. The IMEG team has pushed the envelope in infrastructure design and sustainability as demonstrated by our many “firsts” and award recognition. IMEG Corp is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all employment practices, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, age, veteran’s status, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. IMEG Corp is also seeking Civil Project Engineers to join our Civil Engineering teams in Pasadena and Anaheim, CA:
  17. I finally heard back from California board today (FYI - the check got cashed 3/22, yes...over four months ). Looks like everything went through except for my references. It states that my references are not licensed in state where the project was located. My situation: I work in the nuclear industry as a civil engineer. It is not required to be licensed in the state where the plant is located to complete the design work, neither do I live in those states. Therefore, most of my co-workers have licenses from different states. It is possible (will a lot of work and money) for me to get references from the states that are California is requiring, but I am confused if I need to get 4 all new references (especially since my supervisor has an out-of-state license). And I am dealing with 2 different states that I have done work for. Do I get one from each state? Do I just need one reference from each one of the states? Does my supervisors count as 1 out of the 4 references? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, as the board made clear that I am not allowed to call or email them upon receiving this bright pink rejection letter.
  18. Has anyone taken the California TE exam recently. Are their any books out there that i can buy to prepare? Thank you.
  19. If anyone can help me, it is much appreciated. I contacted the board and their answer was very vague and I don't want to have my application kicked back. Here is my situation: I graduated in Dec. 2014 with my master's in civil engineering. After graduation I worked at a construction project management firm where I was not doing design work (no qualifying experience). After that, I was hired as a civil engineer. I have been at this company for currently 18 months (enough qualifying experience to apply in California). I have been on the same project for 18 months, with the same supervisor. All of my other references will be co-workers that I work side by side with. 1) Do I have to write about the non-qualifying experience in Section 2 of the application, or should I just mention it in the blank space below? It says there should be no gaps except for unemployment. Again, it was not under a licensed PE and does not make sense to me if I have to get a reference from my previous supervisor. And as it says on Section 2 of Engagement Summary and References, "All the names of your reference must be listed on this page". If I have to write my old job as engagement 2 and list my old supervisor, do I have to use them as a reference? 2) Does the qualifying experience (18 months) only get listed under my current supervisor's engagement form/section of the application? i.e. Do I put 0 months under my other references? FYI, this was the board's reply, " The engagement record portion of the forms must be completed in sufficient detail to allow the Board to determine that the nature and the extent of the engineering work claimed to have been performed by the applicant has indeed been qualifying . " Thanks for the clarification California... Thank you.
  20. Hey everyone, I know CA has the new board approval process where applicants for the PE can just go directly to NCEES if they passed the FE ( Well, this update wasn't valid until after submitting my board approval application (Oct 2016). I haven't heard back from the board yet. I called them, and they said they will notify all applicants via email. I'm an out-of-state applicant, so I had to submit fingerprints to be processed. It's not been 3 months, and I still haven't heard back. Whenever I call, I am always told to keep checking my email. Anyone in the same boat, or have gotten any word back from the board? Any thoughts? Oh also, I'm registered for the PE on NCEES and it says approved. I chatted with someone on NCEES, and she said it indicates board approval. But why wasn't I directly notified by the board yet?!! Confused...
  21. I have a somewhat poor relationship with my former supervisor and he indicated that he would not check the box on the CA engagement record that indicates that I have responsible charge capability. My other three references (one from my old firm and two from my new firm) should be able to check all the boxes (I have confirmation that one at my new firm has already done so). Is that one check box going to be an issue on my application? Do I need to get additional references? FYI I'm pretty much done with my old boss and will never use him as a reference again. Thank you for your input
  22. Hello everyone, I am an electrical PE and I have also been working for a PE Civil engineer for the last 12 months in the state of California. I have been told that if you have your PE in any engineering field that you only need (1) year of work experience under an engineer to apply for the second license. In short, I would like to sit for the Civil PE exam in california and i only have (1) year of work experience in Civil Engineering under a Civil PE but I am an electrical PE already. Anyone know anything about this? Thanks in advance!
  23. Working for a firm in CA and doing local work, we use the CA MUTCD 2014. Can I get by using this version to save paper/cost since my office has one readily available that I can borrow for the exam?
  24. Hello everyone, Yesterday I received the sad news that I did not pass the Mechanical PE exam. According to the NCEES diagnostic report my score was 38/80 which was about the same as what I scored during the practice test. My discipline was Mechanical Systems/Materials. This is obviously not the result that I was hoping for especially after all the time, effort and dedication that I put into this. When I saw the word “Fail” in that little red box next to my result, I was crushed. From the get-go I knew this wouldn’t be easy as I graduated 20 years ago and haven’t touched this stuff much since. I felt at a significant disadvantage when compared to more recent grads. so I decided to enroll in a refresher course that would provide the structure needed to prepare for the exam. I chose PPI’s Mechanical PE review course and this was my general approach: Was very diligent about completing all homework assignments. Read subject matter ahead of lectures in order to get the most out of each class As time allowed I went back to review previous lectures/homework problems to make sure I stayed current on those topics 1.5 weeks prior to the exam I took the NCEES practice test and scored 39/80. This pointed out my weaknesses which were mostly in the PM session so I went back and practiced more problems in those areas to reinforce concepts. The last 2 weeks prior to the exam I also went back to review some HW problems that I felt emphasized key concepts I needed to reinforce. At this point I’m wondering what I need to do BETTER and/or DIFFERENT for next time because obviously, my methodology didn’t work. Maybe now that the exam is more discipline focused I’ll have extra time to do more problems and review old exams to gain practice and speed. I’m already enrolled for the April’17 exam, same discipline, and any advice this group could offer would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. JV
  25. ...just kidding with the dramatic cry for help. But I do have a question for the PE-knowledgeable: what is an "engagement," with respect to the CA Civil PE Engagement Record and Reference Form? It was explained to me this morning at work that you need 4+ engagements, each with an associated reference, but that they can all take place in the same job under the same employer. Therefore the employment dates can be the same for all 4 engagements (in my case, just over 2 years of employment). Only the "total time worked" and "qualifying work" will be shorter, and specific to each engagement. I've gotten mixed messages elsewhere, so... Is that correct? Thanks!
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