April 11, 2014 – PE Exam

PE Exams

April 11, 2014 – PE Exam – Are You Ready?

In 59 days, you will be sitting in a large room somewhere among hundreds of other graduate engineers mentally preparing to take a PE Exam. Thoughts will be running through your mind as the start time nears:

  • Did you study enough for this PE Exam?
  • Has your time since graduation given you enough practical knowledge?
  • Have your employers truly mentored you in the art and science of engineering?
  • Did you bring the right resources?
  • Did you bring too many resources? Or maybe, not enough?
  • Can I pass this PE Exam? This final hurdle in a long list of requirements necessary to become a licensed, professional engineer.

The posts I have planned for the next two months are intended to help you be as prepared as possible for the April 11, 2014 – PE Exam. I will draw on topics from the NCEES.org website in these disciplines:

  • Architectural
  • Civil – Construction
  • Civil – Structural
  • Fire Protection
  • Electrical – Power
  • Mechanical – HVAC
  • Structural

As these posts move forward, I would like to hear from you.

  • What didn’t make sense?
  • Where do you need more information?
  • Was a particular post helpful?

These questions and comments will help me provide more useful information and it will help your fellow engineers be more fully prepared.

I will also include some sort of motivational quote or piece of information – such as tables, graphs, etc. – that I find helpful. These tools can be used to drive you forward or can be included in your Test-Day Resource Library.

At the top of today’s post, the quote by Noel Bushell really hits the nail on the head.

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.

No matter what you want, the only way to ensure you move toward your goal is by doing something. And the more focused and goal-specific that “something” is, the sooner you will attain your outcome. So make a decision right now, today, to do something everyday – no matter how small – to get yourself prepared for the PE Exam. If you will commit to following the advice I am giving in these posts, do the exercises, prepare and assemble the resources, put in the work necessary, then 60 days from now you can relax knowing you did all you could to be ready. You will have no regrets.

Test-Day Resource Library

As these posts progress, I will refer constantly to what I call the Test-Day Resource Library. I tell the story about the origins of the Test-Day Resource Library in the Study Guides – refer to EngineeringDesignResources.com. But in short, I sat amazed watching people wheel in volumes and volumes of information for their testing resources … and thinking, there is no way they can efficiently and effectively use all that information. I am a strong advocate for having the right resources on hand that can be easily accessed to help answer questions correctly and the thought of dragging around years of accumulated stuff hoping that somehow it will be helpful just confounds me. So, I developed the framework for the Test-Day Resource Library. For some, these resources will be minimal – just a few binders and books. For others, they may be more extensive. This will all hinge on you experience, your recall ability, your preparation time, and by selecting the right resources to include. These posts will help guide you through this process and offer advice on what to include.

So check back often – or better yet, join this blog – as this information can only help you if you use it. And remember to send me notes … what’s helpful, what’s not so helpful, what can I do to help. My passion is to help others achieve their ambitions and motivate them toward their goals.

And while you are preparing, check out the resources on my website www.EngineeringDesignResources.com

April 11, 2014 – PE Exam

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