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  1. Hi everyone, This is my first post though I've been ransacking these forums for over a year now. A little background: I graduated with a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 2011. I never took the FE in school, it wasn't really encouraged for MEs. After graduation I got involved with the drinking water industry, primarily treatment plants and distribution system designs. My employer has really started to stress the fact that I should get my PE so I'll be eligible to move up in the ranks. That meant first taking the FE, which I studied my butt off for and by some miracle passed in May 2017 after being out of school for 6 years. My goal is to the PE exam in April 2018 but I am extremely undecided on which discipline to go for. I'm considering Mechanical: Thermal/Fluids or Civil: Water Resources & Environmental. Mechanical Pros: Looking at the NCEES specifications I'd say I feel fairly comfortable with about 50% of the material and at the very least recognize the other knowledge areas. Having just studied for the FE, topics like Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Thermodynamics are relatively fresh. Mechanical Cons: Thermo/Fluids were HARD in school for me so I can imagine the PE Exam has the potential to be downright horrendous. For all I know I may have bombed these sections in the FE and just gotten by on math, statics, strengths, etc. I don't know anyone who has taken it in the past - no study materials available ($$$) Civil Pros: More relative to my current work Most of my coworkers/friends have taken this route - and offered to let me have/borrow their study resources/references Easier (???) subject matters than Thermo/Fluids CivilCons: 70% of the topics on the NCEES specifications are completely new to me - the only topics I recognize are structures, groundwater, water quality, hydraulics, and drinking water distribution and treatment. I've never had any courses/experience in hydrology, storm water, waste water, soils, construction management etc. I guess it comes down to whether I should choose the devil I know vs. the devil I don't. Has anyone else ever been torn making a choice between the two and if so what did you decide? Any other MEs choose to take the Civil PE and if so what was it like teaching yourself all those non-ME topics from scratch? For those that took the ME Thermal/Fluids exam, how did the level of difficulty compare to the questions on the FE (for those that remember way back then..)? If you made it this far, thanks for reading! Any advice much appreciated.
  2. Recent EIT Advice

    Hello all! I just created an account but have been lurking on this forum for quite some time. I recently passed the FE exam and am in need of some advice from fellow PE's and/or experienced individuals. I graduated in May of 2016 with a petroleum engineering degree. After graduation I could not find a job in that field, but was able to get an engineering role with an environmental/remediation company. I took my FE exam in April and passed. I have ambitions to become a fully licensed engineer, however I am unsure if going into a field I did not study in undergrad is the right decision. I am learning project management and work on estimating new projects (mainly remediation earthwork projects), so naturally my work experience would imply I should take the civil/construction or environmental PE exam when eligible. If I go this route, how difficult would the PE exam be for someone like me with little to no geotech, structural, and materials studies? How many of you guys/gals changed fields completely post graduation? I go back and forth in my mind about going for my masters in something more aligned with my current position, but I'd prefer to not go into more student loan debt. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  3. Moving to the Business Side

    This seemed like the best sub to ask for career advice. If I'm wrong, I apologize! I majored in engineering because I liked problem solving, learning how things work, and unique challenges. In the working world I come across new challenges occasionally, however, even after a couple of workplace changes, working as an engineer just isn't fulfilling to me anymore. Because of that, I don't see my career progressing much further without any real passion. Business seems to be my natural path. I'm planning on going back for an MBA and changing careers to something totally different. I'm skilled in programming, Excel, making presentations, and utilizing big data (ArcGIS). I love to imagine myself at the executive level at some water company or consulting company, making big decisions and increasing profits. My questions: 1) Has anyone from this board made a similar move? Is the grass greener? 2) How rare would it be to find a position that would require/utilize both CE and business knowledge? I don't exactly want my degree and PE to go to waste either.
  4. Unfortunately I didn't pass the Environmental PE, I took the ASCE classes and feel that they didn't help me, any suggestions for next year? I heard school of PE is good.
  5. I am new to this forum. I'm taking the Environemtal exam in October 2016. I'm wondering if anyone has the notes packet from the University of Delaware review course that they'd be willing to sell. I'm thinking of signing up for the NC State review course. Thanks!
  6. Hello, I'm am almost finished with my undergrad in biology and am planning on pursuing a Master's degree (preferably in Europe). Originally I was going to get a MSc in oceanography, marine science, limnology, water resources, or something similar. But I learned that environmental engineers make more money. I want to work in an environmental field dealing with water problems, either ecological or water quality. The problem is that I want to find a balance between doing what I enjoy (field work) and making decent money (50k/yr+). I don't want to make 100k/yr and hate my job but I also don't want to work in a field I love and barely make a livable wage. Can I focus on water problems, marine or freshwater, with an environmental engineering degree? I don't really want to be working with wastewater treatment. Does it matter if I get a degree in Europe (e.g. Germany, Austria, Belgium, etc.)? Is there a balance between field work and office work with an environmental engineering degree, or is it almost all office work? Do offshore oil companies hire environmental engineers? Also, are there jobs that combine scuba diving and environmental work that pays well? Thank you very much for all of your help!
  7. I am doing QA on stripping of "A" horizon on a mine site. Part of the site is two wetlands in which the EOR wants to decommission. As per discussion with the contractor, contractor said that they can only strip the wetland with an arm reach of an excavator. The rest will be just covered with soil, with the water being pumped elsewhere or squeezed by the material placed on top. Site will be a plant site once the mine gets fired up. Just wondering what is the standard decommissioning of wetlands? Is covering the area with "C" horizon enough?
  8. I have an undergrad degree in civil engineering and masters in environmental. I work in the environmental field. But I am really terrible at test taking like these - i took the ACT 10 times! I get major anxiety. I have failed it 3 times already. I was wondering which exam would be the easiest to pass- other, civil, or env? I really dont remember anything about structural/transportation, etc. I'll take any advice-thanks!
  9. I know there aren't as many environmental engineers as compared to some of the other groups on here but I wanted to see how others who took the April 2016 Environmental PE Exam felt afterwards? I felt confident after the morning session but the afternoon session was not what I expected nor was it like the NCEES practice exam or what was hammered into my head during my School of PE review classes (so much focus on ideal gas law but hardly used on the exam).
  10. Hi all, I'm signed up to take the Civil PE with the WR and Environmental Depth afternoon this April and am wondering what I need to study as far as hazardous waste goes. Has anyone seen any haz waste questions on the exam, and if so, what general topics were they on? Thanks!
  11. 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.
  12. Enviro books for sale

    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
  13. Hey all, I just took the FE environmental for the second time (will find out tomorrow!). This is an excel spreadsheet I used to keep tabs of what I've studied and how much time until the exam. There is a spot for todays date (should update automatically, if not just click on it and hit enter) plus a spot to add when your exam date is. When you have finished a section, change the N in the box to a Y, and it will turn green. Also there is a spot for page numbers for each topic. I know there are some online ones, but this one is nice to have and you can print it out or just have it saved to your computer. I know feprep.com has a pretty good one, but it had me studying several topics at once so I didn't like it and made my own. Sorry everyone else who isn't environmental, but you guys get all the good study material and review courses. Patattacka FE environ schedule EB.com.xlsx
  14. Environmental FE CBT

    Hi Everyone! First post, but I've been reading for a while. I am a non-engineer major (majored in Biochemistry with a BS). I will be taking the FE environmental this coming Saturday (10/18). I had considerably less time to prepare than I wish I did, but because I am taking this exam to qualify for an Air Force job, the longer I wait the less chance I have of getting the job (its either now or January). I have a review manual specifically for enviro by Kaplan (lots of errata in it, which can be very frustrating) which is updated for the CBT, and also I got the flashcards and practice exams from feprep.com, which I haven't gotten into much since I just got them. Anyway, anyone else that has taken the enviro CBT, please give me some feedback. I am assuming it will be a lot of mass/energy balances, mixed in with fluid dynamics, some civil, and math, etc. FYI, I have alreay heavily familiarized myself with the reference manual and the specs provided by the NCEES. I am mostly just looking for exerience. From reading on here, a lot of Civil people have said that units are very tricky, and time management is a tricky lady. Thanks a ton Pat Also, a shout out to MikeC for getting my account to work
  15. HVAC?

    I've been reading through the EERM and there are several chapters on HVAC (heating requirements, cooling requirements, ducts, etc), but I don't see this mentioned on the overall outline for the test. Is it covered under the "Basic Principles" for the air section? Is it even on the test? I have both my undergraduate and masters degree in environmental engineering but I've never worked with HVAC so I'm kind of freaking out that I'll have to learn it all in the next few weeks.
  16. ENGINEERING EDUCATION & TRAINING (EET) presents live seminars and live webinars for the Civil P.E Exam review – Spring 2014. Classes start on Jan 18, 2014. Separate Breadth Module: Breadth review sessions cover all five testing areas in the morning session. Comprehensive Depth Modules: Depth review sessions for each module are all-inclusive. Weekly homework Problem solving workshops Simulated Exam at the end of each Module EET instructors are well experienced in the subject matter, are passionate about teaching, and are available to help you one-on-one until exam date. COURSE SCHEDULE Please refer to EET website (www.eet-california.com) for detailed schedule of Breadth and Depth classes (Seminar and Webinar). PREPARATION MATERIALS All preparation materials are provided by EET. The cost of all preparation materials is included in the advertized fees. PASS GUARANTEE Candidates who are unsuccessful in the PE exam, administered following the conclusion of the review sessions, are welcome to attend the next course sessions at half price. CONTACT INFORMATION For more information about EET preparation classes or to enroll please call (916) 220-8423 or Email us at info@eet-california.com
  17. I am looking for weekly wastewater and environmental help for the spring 2014 PE Civil exam. Located in NW suburbs of Chicago.
  18. I am trying to decide whether to take Chemical PE exam or the Environmental PE exam. I have bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Civil/Thermal. I am currently working in environmental related job. Looking for advice on which exam might be easier given my background.
  19. Can anyone suggest a good study/review book for the Water Resources and Environmental Depth portion of the exam? I work for a small consulting engineering firm and we specialize in drainage design. I have absolutely no problem with Hydraulics and Hydrology, but it is more of the environmental topics that I have struggled with. I have taken and failed the exam twice now, with both times my scores in WWT, WQ and WT being poor to say the least.
  20. Engineering Education & Training (EET) presents Civil PE review classes, both Live (Seminar) and on-line (Webinar), starting August 3, 2013. EET preparation classes are designed for full interaction with exam candidates to enhance the learning experience and maximize the chance for passing the exam. The following is a summary of EET preparation classes’ main highlights: EET Civil PE classes are taught using two separate modules: “Breadth” and “Depth”. The goal is to let exam candidates focus their study on only the relevant materials on the breadth topics per the NCEES syllabus and provide adequate time to cover the depth topic they chose. Civil PE Depth classes include: Transportation, Geotechnical, Construction, and Water Resources and Environmental. Examples and exercises are solved to illustrate concepts discussed in the class and to help you master the fundamentals of the subject matter. Problem-solving workshops are conducted at the end of each module to help you gain confidence in solving exam problems. EET instructors are well experienced in the subject matter, are passionate about teaching, and are available to help you one-on-one till exam date. COURSE SCHEDULE Please refer to EET website (www.eet-california.com) for detailed schedule of Breadth and Depth classes (Seminar and Webinar). PREPARATION MATERIALS All preparation materials are provided by EET. The cost of all preparation materials is included in the advertized fees. PASS GUARANTEE Candidates who are unsuccessful in the PE exam, administered following the conclusion of the review sessions, are welcome to attend the next course sessions at half price. CONTACT INFORMATION For more information about EET preparation classes or to enroll please call (916) 220-8423 or Email us at: info@eet-california.com
  21. Does anybody have any knowledge of the review class by: http://www.licensingexamprep.com/ A self study course where you also work with an Instructor. They provide training materials and problems to work through. Thanks!
  22. Equivalent Dwelling Units

    I am having a brain block today. I am reviewing a facilities plan for a community and am having difficulty determining how the Equivalent Dwelling Unit was calculated? If anyone could share what they know, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
  23. For anyone recently took the PE exam. Have you seen either pavement structures or culvert design problems? if you have can you please give me general guideline regarding what type of questions they asked?
  24. I have the following books for sale: 1.) "Four Sample Exams for the Civil PE Exam with Step by Step Solutions": $30 - covers all modules for exam. 2.) "Civil: Water Resources and Environmental Sample Questions & Solutions" (NCEES): $40 3.) "Six-Minute Solutions: Structural Problems": $30 4.) "Six-Minute Solutions: Geotechnical Problems": $30 5.) "Six-Minute Solutions: Transportation Problems": $30 6.) "Six-Minute Solutions: Water Resources and Environmental": $30 7.) "Civil PE Sample Examination": $20 8.) "Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams: Breadth and Depth (All in One)": $30 9.) "Mike's Civil PE Exam Guide: Morning Session": $25 10.) "PE (Civil) Manual, 9th edition. Volume V - Hydraulics/Hydrology, Irvine Institute, C.V. Chelapati": $50 11.) "PE (Civil) Manual, 9th edition. Volume VI - Water Supply & Water Quality/Wastewater Engineering, Irvine Institute, C.V. Chelapati": $50 Shipping included in price. Contact me at bab37sdc@gmail.com if interested.
  25. Free books. All I need is for you to pay shipping from Northern Virginia. Practice problems for the Civil PE Exam, 11th Edition, Lindberg Practice problems for the Civil PE Exam, CD, version 2.0 Civil Engineering Sample Questions and Solution, NCEES, printed in 2000 Principles and Practice of Surveying, Sample Questions and Solution, NCEES, printed in 2005 Fundamentals of Surveying, Sample Questions and Solution, NCEES, printed in 2005 Principles and Practice of Engineering, Environmental Engineering Sample Questions and Solution, NCEES, printed in 2004
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