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Just making a survey here, for those who are repeat takers, just want to know what are your thoughts on the April 2018 exam?

Is this more difficult than the previous exams? I have heard of people saying this April 2018 exam is very hard than previous exams. 

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58 minutes ago, Vel2018 said:

Just making a survey here, for those who are repeat takers, just want to know what are your thoughts on the April 2018 exam?

Is this more difficult than the previous exams? I have heard of people saying this April 2018 exam is very hard than previous exams. 

Pass rate was 70%. I'd imagine they are all very similar.

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6 hours ago, ME_VT said:

Pass rate was 70%. I'd imagine they are all very similar.

I see its just a little lower than the previous passing rate.

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I'd say April 2017 was the hardest one I took. I was also woefully underprepared, so there's some parallax happening here. If I think back hard enough there's some lingering questions I remember that I probably still couldn't answer today.

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I'd argue April 2018 was the most fair in my experience as a repeat taker.

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8 minutes ago, MechanicalApril17 said:

Can a thermal and fluids PE sign/stamp HVAC designs or vice versa?

Just go bananas and stamp whatever you want...

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1 hour ago, ME_VT said:

Just go bananas and stamp whatever you want...

Appreciate the response. I'm amused but unfortunately no closer to finding a good answer.

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A mechanical PE is a mechanical PE. No one but NCEES needs to know which concentration you tested for, the state board only cares about which engineering discipline you want to be licensed for. You stamp whatever you have legally defensible competency in. You're supposed to be the engineer "in responsible charge" so if it's your design, you're on the hook for it.

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20 hours ago, MechanicalApril17 said:

Appreciate the response. I'm amused but unfortunately no closer to finding a good answer.

The PE ethics and code of conduct describes how, as long as you can justify (possibly in court) that you have engineering level expertise in a particular discipline, then you would be fine stamping a document.

For example, I took and passed the Computer Engineering PE exam, which is approximately 40% hardware, 40% software, and 20% networks.  However, the bulk (like 90%) of my experience is in the specific area of software and computer security (with 10% on computer systems hardware and logic design).  Even though I could prove I meet the educational requirements for engineering a communications transmission station, I never worked in the field on such transmitters and would be VERY hesitant in stamping a design document for one.

However, I do know of Power engineers who never really worked on computer systems, computer networks or logic design, who have stamped computer hardware layouts and network topology designs.  If something goes wrong with one of those I wonder if they would have any trouble explaining the details of exactly what they stamped. 

In the end, I think if its close, then the assumption is that a PE would not stamp something that is at leas not in their general field - such as an electrical engineer stamping plans for highway bridge, or a mechanical engineer stamping an environmental plan - but you never know.

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