Top Ten Reasons DTC Is the BEST – #6: It’s All We Do

We are small company that is laser focused on one objective – to make our courses the best preparation possible for the Civil and Mechanical PE Exams. It really is all we do.

Dr. Tom and his team worked diligently for many years to develop and refine the highly effective Dr. Tom Method of preparing for the pencil-and-paper Mechanical PE Exam. In 2016, with the help of five amazing instructors, we applied that method to the Civil PE Exam.

Over the past two years, we’ve been focused on developing a whole new Method for the Mechanical CBT Exam. Brand new courses using this new method are being rolled out right now. Dr. Tom is working tirelessly to make sure the method and every lesson is effective for this challenging exam format.

We also listen to the participants in our courses, and often make improvements based on their suggestions. Whatever it takes to make sure we’re offering you the best exam review we can. When you’re only doing one thing, it’s important to do it well. Everyday, we strive to be the best out there to help you achieve the extraordinary.

“Dr. Tom, armed with the method you taught and the organizational tools from your course, I passed on my second try. I attribute the success to calming myself with the discipline and time management learned in your course. THE DOCTOR TOM METHOD WORKS!! I just needed to apply it and keep a cool head. I just wanted to say thank you. Your course was the best. I am extremely grateful. Your course was the reason I passed.”
– A. Hill, PE, Arkansas

“I took the PE exam for my first time and passed. I took the DTC course and thought it was well worth it. I walked out of the exam confident that I had passed. DTC was virtually my only resource for preparing for the exam. I found that the organization and schedule of the course to be important in my success. The course kept me on track and provided the structure needed to identify and solve the types of problems that are likely to be on the exam. The Dr. Tom method works for success on the PE exam!”
– Thomas Ross, Skytrac, Salt Lake City, Utah   

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FEATURED FREE VIDEOS – SAMPLE DTC LESSONS

Thinking about signing up for a DTC PE Exam Review? Then you should definitely check out our Sample Video Lessons from both our Civil and Mechanical PE Exam Reviews. These videos allow you to see what you’ll be getting when you take our courses – what a typical lesson looks like and how each of our instructors teach.

With over 14,000 views, our most popular Sample Lesson is Daniel Findley’s lesson on Horizontal Curves from our Civil PE Exam Review of AM Breadth topics.

“Many of the prep course options seemed a little impersonal to me and offered very few samples of the course content that they offer. I noticed Dr. Tom was much more generous with his content and explained himself very clearly. I was pretty much sold after I saw his videos on exam strategy. 

Dr. Tom’s course had a solid plan. By the time exam day came around, I was very prepared and felt I had a realistic chance of passing this exam. I took the exam using Dr. Tom’s strategy and was able to finish with enough time to check my work in both the AM and PM portions of the exam. I would recommend this course to any mechanical engineer who is serious about giving themselves the best chance possible to pass the P.E. exam.”
– Brian, PE, Taylor Machine Works, Starkville, Mississippi

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Self-sanitizing Face Mask Project Receives NSF RAPID Grant

National Science Foundation (NSF) has called for immediate proposals that have potential to address the spread of COVID-19. Last week, Northwestern University’s Jiaxing Huang received a rapid response research (RAPID) grant from NSF to develop a new self-sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact. The Northwestern project is the first physical sciences and engineering proposal to receive support under the NSF RAPID call.

Current masks only provide a physical barrier to reduce the number of respiratory droplets that can escape. For the past week, Huang’s laboratory team has been working around the clock to develop a safe, drop-in, anti-viral solution that will work with current masks to deactivate viruses on contact. The mask would help reduce the level of viruses in the droplets exhaled by infected wearers and better protect the healthcare workers or others around them.

Wonderful to see engineers doing their part to meet the challenge of this unprecedented crisis and to potentially save many lives. That’s what I call achieving the extraordinary. – Dr. Tom

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Top Ten Reasons DTC Is the BEST – #7: Flexibility

Maximum flexibility is built in to DTC PE Exam Review courses in multiple ways because we understand that you are a very busy person, and that finding time to prepare for the PE Exam is a big challenge. We give you the structure, you choose the schedule.

First, our courses are available 24/7 online and 100% self-paced, so you can study when and where it works best for you. And you can move at your own pace, working quickly through the topics that you know well and taking more time on those you need to review more carefully.

We’ve also broken our lessons down into short videos that focus on a single topic, followed by assigned practice problems that immerse you in a topic in manageable chunks that promote understanding and make it easier for you to fit them into your busy schedule: before work, on a lunch break, after dinner, whatever works for you. You can keep moving through your review without having to block out hours of time at once.

And we give you lots of time for your review. Dr. Tom recommends that you take 20 weeks to prepare for the PE Exam, and he is especially wary of “crash courses.” That’s why all our courses are based on a 20-week schedule. But you have access to the courses for up to a year, allowing you the flexibility to take longer if you need to.

We’ve even introduced flexible payment options – Pay Up Front and save money or Pay-As-You-Go and spread your payments out over time.

Flexibility is one reason DTC’s courses are so effective for so many people, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to make our courses the most effective PE Exam reviews out there.

“I’m a father with two young children and a demanding job. I wasn’t going to be able to commit hours mid-day or on the weekend to studying. This was the right program for me. The structure and organization provided by the course, your frank commentary on what or what not to study, your logic for taking the thermal/fluids pm concentration, and your comforting demeanor in the videos were all critical in my success. I can’t comment on any other study programs out there, but I can say with complete certainty that the Dr. Tom program ensured my ability to pass the exam. I can’t thank you enough!”
– Aaron John Tippie, PE, Westwood Professional Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas

“If you have been out of school for so long, with Dr. Tom’s review course you can’t go wrong. I’ve been out of school for 24 years and I got a pass in the PE Mechanical Thermal & Fluids System exam!!!!! I worked hard for almost year to get up to speed on the math and solving the correct problems needed to pass the exam and it finally paid off. I’m a happier person today, thanks to Dr. Tom and his team, this was a lifetime goal I have just achieved.”
– Jose A Rodriguez, PE, Johnson and Johnson, Raynham, Massachusetts

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FEATURED TESTIMONIAL – Study Anytime, Anywhere

“I’m 10 years out of school with 3 kids under 3 and a full time job in project management. I liked the flexibility of video on demand. Most of my studying was done late at night.

DTC also gave me a plan, helped me prioritize the key areas of study, not get bogged down into too much subject-matter detail, and spend my time effectively. Dr Tom’s approach and his ability to explain things very clear and concise was a huuuuge help! I would absolutely recommend Dr. Tom’s 20-Week Review to others preparing for the PE Exam. It’s priced right, and has great content.”
– Lance Way, PE, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Texas

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How Wide Should a Travel Lane Be?

DTC’s own Civil Transportation instructor, Dr. Daniel Findley, was recently interviewed by WRAL TV news for an in-depth story about the impact of lane widths on safety. Although no conclusive scientific evidence is available, the results of individual studies show both increases and decreases in crashes after a lane is narrowed. Although somewhat counter-intuitive, the narrowing of a lane can reduce speeds and increase driver attention, which can lead to fewer crashes.

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Top Ten Reasons DTC Is the BEST – #8: Extended Access

In the ten years that we’ve been offering DTC PE Exam reviews, we’ve learned that fitting exam prep into an already busy life is always a challenge. Add in a family emergency, a work crisis, or an unexpected heath issue, and your review can be delayed for a time. That’s why we decided to celebrate our 10 Extraordinary Years by extending access to all our courses for up to a year.

Dr. Tom developed his 20-Week Reviews to provide you with the maximum exposure to the material needed to pass the exam in the most advantageous time frame. 20 Weeks is ideal to promote comprehension as you review and retention of the material on exam day. So ideally, you want to complete your review following the 20-Week schedule.

But we understand that the perfect time frame is not always achievable. With access for up to a year, you will have time to complete your review, even if life throws you a few curves along the way.

“I participated in the 20-Week Review class for the Civil: Water Resources and Environmental exam. All of the hours put into studying and developing the materials following the Dr. Tom method paid off as I passed the Exam. Taking the 20 weeks to absorb the material and develop organized references I believe was also critical to my success. I will recommend anyone taking the test in the future to use the Dr. Tom courses, they were worth both my monetary and time investments.” – Chris Bakey, PE, Cochranville, PA

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PE EXAM TIP – Benefits of an Online Course

Live class or online course? Which is the best way to prepare for the PE Exam? Having taught both, I understand the benefits and downsides of each.

The real-time interaction of a live course with the ability to ask questions during lectures can result in a very dynamic learning experience, but it has its limitations. Everyone must move through the course at the same pace, which can leave some folks behind and slow others down. You must be available when the course is offered, which restricts you to a very rigid schedule.

Online courses that are self-paced give you maximum flexibility in scheduling your review. Available 24/7, they allow you to work through your review when it’s most convenient for you, without having to worry about missing a class. You can move at your own pace, working quickly through the topics that you know well and taking more time on those you need to review more carefully. It’s also important that your online course provides a way for your to ask questions. That is an essential component of learning that needs to be available.

Given the level of understanding required to be fully prepared for the PE Exam, the best preparation requires a significant time commitment. I’m especially wary of “crash courses.” I have found that online courses work best to give you a comprehensive, structured and flexible way to prepare for this exam. – Dr. Tom

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April 2020 PE Exams Cancelled

NCEES has wisely decided to cancel the April 2020 PE Exams as part of our country’s collective effort slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). NCEES has the latest information and more details on their website at: https://ncees.org/covid-19/.

In response to this cancellation, DTC is extending course access for participants in all our April 2020 Reviews through the October 2020 Exam. DTC is committed to doing everything we can to help support our participants and to support the NCEES in safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Everyone, please stay safe and well out there.

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Brooklyn Bridge – Still Standing Despite Everything

Designing and building the Brooklyn Bridge was anything but easy. The death of the lead engineer (and near-death of a second), foundation challenges, a mysterious illness, and the challenge of designing the tallest structures in the western hemisphere. The project was over budget and behind schedule, but over 100 years later, it’s still standing. Check out this TedEd video on the history of this remarkable structure. – Shannon Warchol, DTC Civil Structural Instructor

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