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Post here whether you passed or did not this time. There were only a handful of us active on the boards pre-exam... let's catch up on how the exam turned out! 

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I passed the Mechanical Thermal / Fluids exam in KY...1st time taker. I guessed on probably 5 or 6 problems in each session with a few of those being paired down to 2 answers.

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Post here whether you passed or did not this time. There were only a handful of us active on the boards pre-exam... let's catch up on how the exam turned out! 

Indeed. Still waiting over here in CA...

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Fluids, 1st try, I took the school of PE course. Total studying about... 150-175 hours. I'm 10 years out of school.

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3 hours ago, KyMechTF said:

I passed the Mechanical Thermal / Fluids exam in KY...1st time taker. I guessed on probably 5 or 6 problems in each session with a few of those being paired down to 2 answers.

Same for me in WA.

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Passed thermal/fluids second attempt. 8 years out of school. First time I only used crane, cameron, merm, and ncees practice test. Studied maybe 80 hours and scored 41/80. Second attempt (passed) added merm practice problem booklet to the mix and concentrated on low scoring areas. Started studying middle of August, made my own typed notes referencing every formula and page number I used on practice problems. Studied around 150 hours this time and passed. Did not study at all beginning 3 days prior to exam. Used TI-30x calculator. I like the screen better on this calc versus my 36 solar. Screen on solar seemed too faint. Wore ear plugs and chewed 4 packs of Mentos during the exam.

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3 minutes ago, Hammer Head said:

Wore ear plugs and chewed 4 packs of Mentos during the exam.

CONFIRMED: Mentos can help you solve any problem.

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Pass (TX) - ME (MD) Score=84 --- First attempt --- 12 years out of college and passed FE exactly 10 years back...Studied for last one month and in that used a little over a week of vacation...took DTC review online course and I would give maximum credit to it and to the notes that I prepared during that course...I joined this board after the exam and there were a few guys who took Mechanical PE were active at that time...can't see them in any of the discussions...hope they all passed...

@denver1000, thanks for starting this post, so that future test takes can contact us if they have any questions and probably we can also help each other for any future opportunities...basically sort of professional networking with a specific group of ppl with same/similar credentials...any thoughts on that?

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30 minutes ago, MEPE_FEA said:

 

@denver1000, thanks forstarting this post, so that future test takes can contact us if they have any questions and probably we can also help each other for any future opportunities...basically sort of professional networking with a specific group of ppl with same/similar credentials...any thoughts on that?

Yeah that sounds like a great idea.

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8 minutes ago, denver1000 said:

Yeah that sounds like a great idea.

let's see what other members think and then may be we can put another topic dedicated to that

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actually let me start with this question, does anyone here work in Nuclear Energy industry?

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The only people I know in nuclear came out of the navy. I'm in O&G right now, but it's getting hammered. I've got some good options, namely returning to the Antarctic program. 

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I am in mining and construction equipment manufacturing industry in FEA/Stress Analysis world. I am interested in knowing more about nuclear energy becoz I think with growing global energy demand and it being a cleaner energy source that industry has a more reliable and stable future prospects. So I was wondering what someone who is actually working in that industry thinks. O&G is also good but as you said it is not doing that well right now. The only reason I opted for a PE license is to increase my chances to get an opportunity in other industries and O&G was at the top of my list but unfortunately that door seems closed for now :( 

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2 hours ago, MEPE_FEA said:

actually let me start with this question, does anyone here work in Nuclear Energy industry?

Kiewit Power has a team of engineers who specialize in nuclear energy but they haven't won a major project ($500M+) in years because of the downturn in the industry.  A smaller company would have laid off the entire team, but Kiewit plays the long game.  The nuclear industry will likely come back someday and we want to be prepared.  It's not a desirable market to specialize in at the moment, but like you said the demand will be there in the future.

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19 hours ago, Patrick1441 said:

Kiewit Power has a team of engineers who specialize in nuclear energy but they haven't won a major project ($500M+) in years because of the downturn in the industry.  A smaller company would have laid off the entire team, but Kiewit plays the long game.  The nuclear industry will likely come back someday and we want to be prepared.  It's not a desirable market to specialize in at the moment, but like you said the demand will be there in the future.

I just applied for a position at Kiewit.  I work in the O&G industry (I design steam turbines for Dresser-Rand/Siemens)

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9 minutes ago, MsBossyPants said:

I just applied for a position at Kiewit.  I work in the O&G industry (I design steam turbines for Dresser-Rand/Siemens)

From your profile, it looks like you are from Iowa. Didn't know that my Iowa has jobs in O&G industry.

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As far as I know we have the steam turbine plant that I work at and then in Des Moines there is a company that makes controllers that rival the Woodward Governor/Overspeed products.  Our equipment is used in many applications, anytime there is extra steam there is opportunity for us.  But for the API market we usually drive pumps and compressors. 

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