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  1. 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.
  2. Senate Bill 316 has been signed by the Governor, making it Act 2018-550. This Act is in regards to the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. It encompasses a number of changes, but the most important change made was with respect to the sequence of events that need to be satisfied before one could become licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama. Under the previous Act (signed 1975), one had to accomplish the following: 1. Graduate from an "approved" four-year engineering college or school program, 2. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), 3. Accumulate 48 months of progressive work experience (72 months of experience is required if graduating from a "non-approved" engineering college or school), and then 4. Pass the Principals and Practices of Engineering exam (PE Exam). Under the new Act (signed 2018), you no longer have to accumulate the required working experience before you are allowed to sit for the PE Exam. You can now take the PE Exam whenever you wish (after completing steps 1 and 2 above, of course). Note, however, that you will not be eligible for licensure until you accumulate the requisite 48 months (or 72 months) of experience. A summary of these changes and the marked-up Senate Bill can be found at the Alabama bels website: I don't know when these changes will take effect, but hopefully it will be in time for some of you young'uns to take the September exam!
  3. Hi guys, Doing some research for a good estimation of salary/job market for someone with 5 years of experience in Electrical engineering in construction, right out of college Review is coming up and would like to have a good idea of what the market value is + what I should be expecting. I did some research online but would love you guys feedback.
  4. Hey I recently found out I passed the PE Civil - Structural and want to look into taking the CA state specific exams. I am out of state and just want to get a license early. I have to wait 4 years in PA but if I can get it a few years earlier in CA (I know I can't stamp in PA, it's more about the accomplishment) I would be pumped. I emailed the board but they did not get back to me. Does anyone know if you need to be approved and have 2 years work experience to take the state specific exams? I read their website multiple times and I think you do, but it does not clearly say that o I am looking for confirmation. Congrats to all who passed, and don't give up to those that didn't, you will pass soon enough. Thanks in advance.
  5. 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.
  6. I just complete a masters program while working full time. Some states allow 'double dipping' of that work/education experience when applying for PE, and some do not. But it gets interesting for me because I actually started my masters as a full-time student before I started working. So I started my masters in Aug. 2013, and started full-time work in March 2014. I just completed my degree in May. So in states that do not allow double-dipping, do those first months of my masters program where I was not working full time count for anything? Will I be eligible for licensure in August 2017 or March 2018? I am curious if anyone has specific experience with this situation. I contacted the PA board about it and they told me they couldn't tell me anything until I actually applied... Thanks for reading
  7. I just recently was informed that my PE application was denied because all of my engineering experience was under the supervision of consultant engineers rather than engineers that are technically my supervisor. I design timber frame structures and all of my work for the past 10+ years has been under the direct supervision of a licensed PE but the board stated that this experience was not considered a mentoring relationship which was the rational why my application was denied. I have a meeting with the board to discuss this next week and I need any thoughts or past experience that may help.
  8. I am applying for the California Civil PE. I am trying to fill out my Engagement Record form. I am confused what to put in the "Description of Engineering Decisions Made" section. There seems to be some overlap between what is good for civil engineers to say vs what is good for mechanical engineers to say. E.g. piping outside of a building is civil engineering but piping inside of a building is mechanical engineering. Since I am applying for the CIVIL PE, what "Engineering Decisions" are considered civil (to be clear, this is general civil, NOT traffic, structural, or geotechnical). - Is sizing pumps civil? Is choosing flow meters civil? Any suggestions? Thank you!
  9. Just passed the 2015 October PE 8 hours in CA with Construction Module on my first try, I wanna share some of my experience and hopefully it gonna work for yall. On the morning session, I have a feeling that some of the problems are kind of different style to what I did when preparing. I am not saying they are difficult to solve, most of the problems didn’t have complicated calculations, more preferable on definition understanding. But the essential part is you have to know the keyword of the question and locate them in CERM in minutes. You don’t need review the CERM page by page but at least being familiar with what’s included in each chapter and session. I highly recommended Civil Breath Reference Manual by Dr. Shahin A. Mansous, that’s the one I opened most frequently during the exam, most of the basic and typical definition and formula are included, they are more organized and easily read. It’s a good book for review at starting point, the sample problems are not that difficult but they could help to better understand the definition on your initial review stage. Whenever I complete one chapter on Mansour’s book, I would go through the same chapter on CERM and All in One PE by Indranil, to figure out the common content and difference. Actually I felt more confidence and comfortable on the afternoon session, most of the problems are very typical and similar types to what I have done when preparing. Still recommend Mansour’s Construction Module book for afternoon session. To be frank, it deserves every penny I paid for that. The content in this book is very concise and provides an obvious chapter outline based on the review list provided by NCEES, also an excellent tool book in your exam. Actually I use Mansour’ Breath Reference and Construction Module as main tool books for both morning and afternoon sessions, and get the additional supplement knowledge from CERM and ALL in One for morning session; Formwork 374 is extreme important for afternoon session, it goona provide you detailed explanations on form pressure, bracing procedure and quality inspection issue. It took me almost 6 week to complete the first round review and during this period I only did sample problems in reference book. When it comes to my second round, I started doing practice problems with time counting. Whenever I met a new definition or calculation formula, I would go back to Mansur’s, CERM or All in one to locate and familiarize the knowledge. The more practice you did, the more breath knowledge you know, more chances you would meet same type problems in real exam. And remember to bring all code listed on your afternoon module from NCEES, you should never expect it won’t be used in real exam. Below is the list of the reference book I used for preparation. Except Six solution and Practice Problems for Civil Engineering PE Exam by Lindeburg, I did all the others in another six weeks before exam. Once you get enough practice problems, you definitely would know which are typically basic problem types because they are frequently appeared in each practices. Hope my experience could help your guys gals to prepare the exam and be free to contact if you got any doubt. 1)CONSTRUCTION DEPTH PRACTICE EXAM - Beth Lin 5 Star recommended, very helpful and typical for construction 2) Construction Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam - Thomas Korman 3 Star, not that useful as I expected 3) Pass the Civil Professional Engineering (P. E. ) Exam Guide Book – Tenaya 5 stars for morning practice, very typical 4) Practice Exams for the Civil PE Examination : Two Practice Exams- INDRANIL GOSWAMI 4 stars for morning practice 5) Construction Depth Practice Exam and Assessment Guide - Mark DeSantis 5 stars for construction, similar style to NCEES 6) PE Civil Engineering : Construction Practice Exam –NCEES 2014 must-buy 7) PE Civil Engineering : Construction Practice Exam –NCEES 2010 must-buy 8) Six-Minute Solutions for Civil PE Exam Construction Problems by Elaine Huang 3 stars, too difficult and time-consuming, problems old style 9) Practice Problems for Civil Engineering PE Exam - Michael R. Lindeburg 3 stars, problems too complicated, focus too much on calculation I also did the practice problems from All-in-one and Mansour's practice book, both of them become little difficult than real exam, but very helpful source especially the All-in-one. I did not make binders to categorize all problems did, because in real exam, you won't have too much time to recall and locate where the problem previously did and its too tie-consuming. Tab these these typical formulas and tables when review, it would save your time a lot.
  10. I am very happy since I just passed my FE Civil exam today! I will like to share my personal experience passing the FE Exam (in a condensed form) since I did visit this website to read about other candidates who failed or passed the FE exam. I took the exam 3 times and passed on the third try. I took the exam in my 3rd year (2014) and failed because I had not fully prepared. In my mind, I felt it was just an experience to get a feel how the exam was. For the second time (2015), I took the exam in my last year after taking courses such as concrete, steel, structural design, transportation engineering etc. and spent about a month studying and still failed. Finally, I rescheduled immediately after failure and postponed the test date to January (2016). I tried to reschedule the exam a night before the test date thinking I was not ready since I did not study and other new material but could not due to the 48 hour rescheduling period. I am not super smart and would consider myself an average student but these are the techniques I applied for the test. 1. The most important of all is TIME. The exam is a 5 hour 30 minutes exam. I spent about 1 hour 30 minutes for the first 55 questions. In the past I had used about more than 2 hours 30 min for the first section which is the easiest of both sections and found myself short on time with almost 20-30 questions to go for the second section. Your target will be to have more time for the second section of about 55-57 questions. I will suggest about 3 hours or 2 hours 45 minutes. 2. Know how to search and find equations using the provided reference manual also available on NCEES website for free. 3. Know how to use your calculator. 4. Do not dwell on a question for more than 3 minutes. Move on! Guess an answer (pick the best possible answer) and flag for a review if you have time. I mostly stuck to picking the C or D (mostly) C if I could not deduce the right answer. I hope this helps! One Happy EIT.
  11. I recently took the PE exam in Illinois. I plan on getting the PE now, and the SE later once I have time to do some studying. I had my first kid recently, so giving up a few weeks to study for the PE exam was doable. Most of my experience would be considered structural in nature; since Illinois licenses separately, I have learned that much of my structural experience may not count for a PE license. Because of this, I will focus on "civil" experience for my application. I have a few questions I'd like some help with. Should I include the structural design experience as well to have more content? I've worked with all the major materials in high wind and seismic environments. Since the line between the two isn't very clear sometimes, what sort of items count as "civil" experience? I have done plenty of site structure type designs; retaining walls, equipment pads, electrical manholes, fences and gates. I have done very little grading or utility work. I have helped with some construction scheduling, planning, and cost evaluation, but mostly as it related to my structures which were pieces of much larger projects. Should I include those types of items? Thanks in advance, Josh
  12. Are any of the state boards more permissive then others when it comes to allowing candidates with foreign (outside U.S.) experience to sit for the PE exam?
  13. From the Connecticut state law "Professional engineer: Graduation from an approved course in engineering in a school or college approved by the board as of satisfactory standing, a specific record of an additional four years of active practice in engineering work, which shall be of a character satisfactory to the board, and the successful passing of a written or written and oral examination prescribed by the board, with the consent of the commissioner, the first part of which shall test the applicant's knowledge of fundamental engineering subjects, including mathematics and the physical sciences, and the second part of which shall test the applicant's ability to apply the principles of engineering to the actual practice of engineering. In lieu of graduation as specified in this subdivision, the board may accept, as an alternative, six years or more of experience in engineering work which shall be of a character satisfactory to the board and which shall indicate knowledge, skill and education approximating that attained through graduation from an approved course in engineering. The board may waive the written examination requirement in the case of an applicant who submits a specific record of twenty years or more of lawful practice in engineering work which shall be of a character satisfactory to the board and which shall indicate that the applicant is competent to be in responsible charge of such work, and may waive the first part of the written examination for an applicant who has completed an approved course in engineering and has at least eight years of engineering experience." Do I read the highlighted portion correctly to be saying that an applicant with a degree in something other than engineering (or no degree for that matter), who has 6 years of experience working under a PE, and through that experience has obtained a position doing the same things that someone with a degree in Engineering would be doing, is eligible to take the PE exam? I've asked this question in an email to the CT board twice now and have not received a response.
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