Santa sent us a special holiday greeting and we wanted to share it with you! Even better, we’re sharing our new payment options, lower prices and longer access with you over the holidays and into the new year. So give yourself an extraordinary gift this year – Become a PE, with help from DTC.
Whether you’re a Civil Engineer or a Mechanical Engineer, choosing the right exam to take can make all the difference. And not all exams are created equal! Some have a wider range of topics, problems types and references that make them more difficult to prepare for and pass. Others require familiarity with fewer references and have topics the are more closely related to each other, narrowing the range of problem types, which makes them easier to prepare for and pass. Your work experience is also a vital factor in the decision, but sometimes not the deciding one.
Before you decide, I invite you to take a look at my FREE Exam Strategy Videos for the Civil PE Exam and the new Mechanical CBT PE Exam. In them I outline the factors you should consider when making your exam choice. Let’s get you off on the right foot and on your way to being a PE! – Dr. Tom
Newly opened in 2019, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America is all lit up for the holidays, and it certainly looks festive.
A short CNN video takes a look at people enjoying the holiday lights on the 680 ft bridge in Gatlinburg, TN. The video also shares interesting facts about the new bridge and its construction. Could be worth a trip to check it out in person! – Shannon Warchol, DTC Civil Structural Instructor
“The PE exam is a “mental marathon” and a major undertaking for anyone, especially someone like myself who had been out of school for 30 years. I passed on my first try, and I attribute this to Dr. Tom’s Classroom for reinforcing basic engineering fundamentals which were lost in my mind. Their encouragement, knowledge, and basic drilling of problems were invaluable in my success. I would recommend their classes to anyone who is planning on taking their PE exam.”
– Michael Sulva, PE, GE-Hitachi, Wilmington, North Carolina
How did Dorothy’s ruby red slippers stack up against the other modes of transportation in the Wizard of Oz? Check out this article that ranks them from worst to best. – Daniel Findley, DTC Civil Transportation Instructor
To celebrate 10 years of helping hundreds of engineers pass the PE Exam, DTC is introducing a whole new pricing model to make our courses more affordable and accessible. We’re offering all our courses for up to a year with new, flexible payment options at lower prices. It’s our way of saying thank you for choosing us to help you prepare for the exam!
A story that started over 25 years ago got an update recently in an ASME article “What Termites Can Teach Engineers.” The story started in 1992 when Mick Pearce, an architect in Zimbabwe, was commissioned to build Eastgate Centre, a major office and shopping mall in Harare, the capital. It was to be 340,000 square feet which would normally require a major HVAC system.
Having grown up in Zimbabwe, he was familiar with a species of termites that build massive chimney-like structures, anywhere from 10 to 30 feet high. As it happened, Mick had been considering ideas from a nature series on these termites broadcast on the BBC series, “Life,” narrated by David Attenborough. Mick used some of the things he could observe, but not being a scientist, his design was based on some incorrect assumptions.
Nevertheless, his design for Eastgate Centre did cost 10% less to build than similar buildings and saved $3.5 million in energy costs in its first five years.
As it turns out termite mounds actually act more like human lungs than convective chimneys as Mick had assumed. Several university based teams are collecting data and discovering some extremely interesting things about how various termite species regulate the environment within their mound. The article makes fascinating reading for those interested in how the creatures of the natural world solve some of man’s most complex problems. All I ask is that these masters of HVAC principles stay away from my house. – Dr. Tom
“I passed the PE exam! The extended review course clearly guided me through my entire exam preparation, saves tons of time and energy. The instructions complement some of unfamiliar topics in my engineering background. All topics and problems mentioned in the review course are well designed towards passing the actual exam. Thank you all!”
– Shawn Li, PE, Stine Research Center, Newark, Delaware.