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Any Engineers here who have their PE?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BigBen, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. BigBen

    BigBen 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Sooo... just like it says. Anyone here have their PE??

    I'm studying for the Michigan 'Mechanical' exam on April 20 and it has been a bitch so far. I do most of my work in mechanisms and such, so reviewing Thermo and Heat Transfer has been killing me. The good news is that this weekend I start up on Statics and Materials (ahhhhh. stuff I remember).. then roll into machine design, dynamics, and controls.

    Just looking for anyone who's been through it before and any advice or tips they can offer.

    Thanks!

    -Ben

    PS> For those non-Engineers:

    The PE is the "Professional Engineer" exam. It is a licensing exam similar to the Bar exam for Lawyers or the CPA for accountants. You take a preliminary exam when you graduate and the second exam once you have worked more than 4 years. You also need professional references to get it.

    Once you have it, you can legally 'practice' as an engineer and sign off/ stamp designs as approved. I believe it also allows you to be called as an 'expert witness'. Most importantly (for me), it is necessary if you want to sell "Engineering Services" to the public, or be an independent consultant.
     
  2. BigBen

    BigBen 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Good news: I PASSED!!!
    (Damn, that was a LOT of studying)



    Bad News: I now have to fill out an overly long and convoluted application.
     
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    Good job man. I work in the construction field as a Plan Reviewer. I talk with a lot of MEP Engineers and other Design professionals. This is a big step for you should be proud of yourself. Correct me if I'm wrong, are you now an Engineer in Training?

    Is the next step, OJT for a firm and getting your hours in for the PE test?
     
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    Congrats!! As an Environbmental, Safety, & Occupational Health consultant who was worked with a lot of PE's, that's pretty impressive.

    I'm hoping to test for my CSP (Certified Safety Professional) within the next year.
     
  5. BigBen

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    Thanks guys.

    I got my EIT when I graduated back in '97.

    Since then I've been getting the work experience and just passed the 'Big' test for the PE. It took about 16-20 weeks of studying 20-30 hours per week to get myself ready!

    Now I'm a pile of references and paperwork away from an 8-week wait for my license and registration number!

    I'll let you all know how it turns out.

    -Ben
     
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    Congrats! That is a very big step for you.
     
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    Nice dude. The fluids stuff is going to kill me when I take it too.:doah:
     
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    Thanks guys.
    I'm pretty proud of making it.
    Now if I could only finish this paperwork!

    -Ben
     

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