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    PE exam

    anyone else get email from NCEES yet? Just found out I passed the civil-struc. Pretty pumped for that.



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    Re: PE exam

    Yep. I passed the electrical. Congratulations.

    Talk about anxiety between getting that email and logging on to the website...



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    Quote Originally Posted by tim_redd View Post
    Yep. I passed the electrical. Congratulations.

    Talk about anxiety between getting that email and logging on to the website...
    Yeah I remember my heart was pounding like crazy. Congrats!



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    Re: PE exam

    I got an "A" in golf freshman year.


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Smuggle in one that your kid already whizzed in. Works every time it is tried.



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    Re: PE exam

    PE or FE? I didn't think the FE was all that hard, it was just a grinder. After the morning test went quick, I thought the afternoon would go by easily as well. The ME section took me the full four hours and I was just exhausted afterwards. Now I come to find out that it doesn't really matter where I work so unless I go into contract work, I doubt I ever apply to get my license.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    PE or FE? I didn't think the FE was all that hard, it was just a grinder. After the morning test went quick, I thought the afternoon would go by easily as well. The ME section took me the full four hours and I was just exhausted afterwards. Now I come to find out that it doesn't really matter where I work so unless I go into contract work, I doubt I ever apply to get my license.
    I've had my license for 10 years and will likely never use it. BUT, it is a big differentiator my you are looking for a job AND it establishes instant crediblity to others in the industry, especially when you look young. For me, it has been a great thing to have even though my stamp is collecting dust.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    I got an "A" in golf freshman year.
    Gyp. Gym classes were P/F in my day. Otherwise I would have totally aced golf*, too.


    *as determined by attendance only, vs. actual golfing skills


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knighthawk90 View Post
    anyone else get email from NCEES yet? Just found out I passed the civil-struc. Pretty pumped for that.
    Congratulations! I'm taking the civil-structural in the fall, and then celebrating by going to the Baylor game the day after (all those poor FE takers will be taking it the day of the homecoming game).

    Took a depth practice exam to kick off the studying this past weekend. I think I only knew how to do about 15 of them. Masonry, plastic analysis, loads dropped from height...I have some learnin' to do... . I took a couple of grad-level structural courses, but have never even seen some of this stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knighthawk90 View Post
    anyone else get email from NCEES yet? Just found out I passed the civil-struc. Pretty pumped for that.
    Congratulations! That's a professional milestone, even if you don't ever use it! Mine was critical to me as I worked on government funded projects and thus all plans and specs had to be signed and sealed by a Professional Engineer. My number is pretty low as I got mine in Nov., 1975.

    In addition, a lot of the projects needed permits from the Corps of Engineers and the Corps requires all submitted plans to be signed and sealed. Being registered makes life a bit easier even if you don't need to be.

    Congrats again.



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    Re: PE exam

    Congrats. I am another one who has never used my PE to actually stamp anything (PE in construction engineering, 1980). But the major benefit was twofold.
    1) The instant creditablity it provided, especially with reviewing/discussing the design work of other PE's. You immediately gain their respect when they find out that you also are a PE.
    2) It looks good on a resume and again, it offers immediate respect.

    I would strongly recommend anybody who put in all the work to obtain their engineering degree to strongly consider talking the tests to obtain the PE license. Just being able to say you past the test boosts your ego enough to put the effort.



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    Re: PE exam

    Congrats to the original poster and anyone who has passed it previously.

    Can anyone describe how difficult the regular Civil Engineering PE test is compared to the FE? Isnt the structural test 8 hours longer?

    I took the FE last April and will be taking my PE here in 3 years or so and wanted to pick the brains of those who have passed it already.



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    Re: PE exam

    They now email out the results of the PE? I passed it in 2008 and waiting 3 months for that stupid letter to come was terrible.

    Quote Originally Posted by JSmoove View Post
    Can anyone describe how difficult the regular Civil Engineering PE test is compared to the FE? Isnt the structural test 8 hours longer?
    Regular Civil PE exam covers a lot of stuff. I took the Water Resources & Environmental and it wasn't too bad...but I studied a lot. Depending on which CE discipline you will take, here are the exam outlines from NCEES:

    NCEES: PE exam



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    Re: PE exam

    Was on a cruise in the Gulf when the results came out. Once I got into 3G range, I found out via email. Passed, Mechanical Thermal Fluids! 92%!

    Like others have said, I'll never use mine to stamp anything (I don't think) but I'm looking forward to getting new business cards!



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    Quote Originally Posted by CtownCyclone View Post
    Was on a cruise in the Gulf when the results came out. Once I got into 3G range, I found out via email. Passed, Mechanical Thermal Fluids! 92%!

    Like others have said, I'll never use mine to stamp anything (I don't think) but I'm looking forward to getting new business cards!
    Since when do they tell you what % you got?



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