Fatigue cracks in steel members can result in sudden and catastrophic failures. Unfortunately, they’re also very difficult to see during bridge inspections. Researchers at Iowa State University College of Engineering are testing a new skin-like monitoring tool to help inspectors detect, localize, and quantify the cracks. – Shannon Warchol, DTC Civil Structural Instructor
Poor time management during the exam. That is the most common reason our participants say kept them from passing the exam. With the clock ticking, especially on the CBT format exam, it’s easy to get thrown off your exam-day plan, waste time on difficult problems, realize the clock is running out, and panic. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and DTC has designed our courses to prevent that from happening.
Like any stressful situation, the best way to conquer it is to acclimate yourself to it with repeated exposure. That’s why our new 20-Week CBT Mechanical Reviews include lots of opportunities to practice solving problems under exam-like conditions.
First you have a weekly assessment quiz that draws problems from that week’s topics. This is your first opportunity to test your understanding and ability to solve related problems. Questions are presented on the screen, much like the real exam, and we recommend that you replicate exam conditions as closely as possible, using the onscreen Reference Handbook as your only reference.
Then every five weeks, you have a practice exam that pulls 10 questions from the previous five weeks of the course. This practice exam is timed and you have one hour to complete it.
At the end of the course, you go deeper with two two-hour final practice exams that have questions from the full course, and provide you with a very realistic exam experience.
This combination of quizzes and practice exams throughout the course allows you to build your confidence and comfort with the exam conditions, so that you are calm and focused on exam day. Just another reason by DTC courses are the best.
I was reading a recent ASME SmartBrief that quotes Albert Schweitzer, famous for his humanitarian work in Africa, saying “A good example has twice the value of good advice.” As we know, advice is free, however setting a good example takes tireless work, the proper knowledge, and precise skills to perform that work with great pride. Engineers, especially those who aspire to becoming professional engineers, must possess all these qualities. It is the trademark of our profession that our members maintain an unquestionable character and a strong commitment to meeting the needs of our society. We have much to be proud of in what we do, and our legacy should always “set the greatest of examples.” – Dr. Tom
Faced with ever-changing state and local requirements that further reduce capacities for groups and events, NCEES exam sites for the October 2020 exam are seeing potentially significant impacts on their ability to meet the demand for exam registrations. As a result, NCEES has added a new REGIONAL exam date for the PE Civil Exam on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
NCEES has made it clear, during the exam registration process, that any changes that require a further reduction in capacity at an exam site may result in the cancellation of your exam registration. NCEES states that, “If you are concerned about the cancellation risk for the October exam administration, you may cancel your exam before registration closes on August 20, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EDT and receive a full refund of your exam registration fee. Cancellations made by the examinee after registration closes are not refundable.”
Registration for the January 26, 2021 Regional PE Civil exam will begin on November 1, 2020, and end on December 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST. The Regional Exam Sites include:
San Mateo, CA
It is possible that more cities will be added before registration begins. NCEES recommends that, if you are located outside of these states, you should check with their state licensing board prior to registering to determine your eligibility to test outside of your state.
You will be allowed to complete the NCEES exam registration process only if there is a seat available at your selected site. However, NCEES warns that capacity and social distancing requirements could change at any time and impact your ability to take the exam.
DTC is committed to helping our participants until they are able to take the exam. For our April 2020 and October 2020 Exam participants, we are extending their access to our courses through the January 2021 Regional Exam date.
“I took the new CBT version of the MDM test on 7/27/20 and found out today that I passed. I took the 20-Week DTC review after failing the first time I took the PE, and I believe that doing this course was a huge part in my passing the second time. The problems in the class prepared me for the vast majority of the problems that were on the actual test.”
– Derek Sherwood, PE, Supreme Integrated Technology, New Orleans, Louisiana
Multiple research groups worldwide are now tracking the spread of the coronavirus via wastewater testing, including groups at NC State , UW-Milwaukee and Wisconsin State, and Clemson University. Studies have shown that people infected with COVID-19 can shed genetic material from the virus in their feces. The idea is that by detecting the virus in sewage systems, scientists could determine if an outbreak is occurring and how widespread the disease is in a community.
The collection of wastewater provides a centralized sample representing what’s happening within that population, and can provide information on spread even when testing of individuals is limited. Experts hope this new information can help provide early warning of outbreaks and enable better resource allocation to affected areas. – Beth Sciaudone, DTC Civil Water Resources & Environmental Instructor
With our new Test Drive option and our Pay-As-You-Go option, you can try out our courses for only $50 before you buy the full course. We’re so sure you’ll like what you see that there’s no obligation beyond your initial purchase.
“Just finished the intro and it was great! I was skeptical about subscribing to anything and was planning on tackling it solo, but but I’m certainly going to subscribe to Dr. Tom’s now.” – New DTC Participant
At DTC, we realize that the uncertainty of these times makes embarking on preparation for the PE Exam even more daunting than usual. That’s why we’ve committed to these new pricing options. We want to make it as stress free and affordable as possible for you to get started on your way to becoming a PE.
We are all in this together, and we hope these flexible payment options will be helpful. Please stay safe out there!
This video has jumped to the top as our most popular Civil video on the DTC YouTube Channel, with over 15,000 views!
Problem 119 on the NCEES Civil AM Practice Exam is a classic Geotechnical question on gravity retaining wall stability, particularly overturning stability of the wall. It is critical that you are able to solve these types of classic retaining wall problems on the PE exam because you are almost certain to see them regardless of which discipline you select for the exam.
This question will help you brush up on some basic geometry, statics, and will touch on very simple soil mechanics of lateral earth pressure, which is all you really need to know to solve retaining wall problems on the AM portion of the exam. However, you need to be efficient at solving these problems quickly even if it looks like they require several steps to get to the end result.
Our instructional courses at Dr. Tom’s Classroom provide the most efficient way to get to the solution for common PE exam problems just like this one. Give this problem a try and watch the video to see if you understand all of the steps to get to the end result, good luck! – Mike Batten, PE – DTC Civil Geotechnical Instructor
Find Mike Batten’s Solution Video for Civil AM NCEES Problem 119 – Geotechnical: Retaining Wall Stability at https://drtomsclassroom.com/free-civil-videos/
Dreams are our most powerful motivators, and I contend that engineering is the profession of dreams. The standards set to become a licensed professional engineer are high, as they should be, and as they have been for over a hundred years. Passing the PE exam, along with other educational and experience credentials, are the standards by which every state in the Union certifies engineers to practice legally in that state.
Being able to legally approve work is the fundamental reason engineers put in the serious effort required to become a PE, but I believe the future holds a much greater motivation within the practice of engineering. I believe the dreams of engineers will be realized by coming together with other engineers, of all disciplines, to work on projects they feel passionate about. Not in traditional brick and mortar corporate entities, but as independent engineers with entrepreneurial and business skills forming alliances, each alliance directed at a single project.
An engineer with a passion to solve a particular problem would recruit engineers from around the globe, with just the right talents and resources for that project. Micro-companies could be formed for a specific project. When the project is completed, the alliance would be dissolved and everyone who had been involved would move on to other projects. An engineer might be part of only one alliance at a time, or more likely a part of many alliances. However, none of that can happen unless the members of those alliances are licensed.
Now more than ever, engineers want their work to matter; they deeply care about the human condition, and they certainly want to be innovative, to be leaders in their particular area of expertise. They want to make a difference, and in greater numbers, many engineers are ready to break out of the current corporate boundaries and go their own way. For those wanting to strike out on their own, being a PE is mandatory. So to all those professional engineers out there or those wanting to become a professional engineer, I say, “What’s your dream?”
– Dr. Tom
“I passed the CBT Thermal Fluids PE Exam! I am so grateful for achieving this dream of being a PE. Firstly, it is the grace of God, and secondly, it was the preparation of Dr. Tom. His method was a miracle for me. The methodology is very concise and precise, and this is great support for building the basic understanding of units and the concept behind every small thing. Dr. Tom has done a wonderful job – try it you won’t regret it.” – Victor Joseph, PE, ACSI, Houston, Texas