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“I PASSED THE EXAM (TFS)!!! I am completely over the moon right now and cannot thank you enough for this amazing course that you put together! After I completed the course I did all the lesson problems again, I retook all the quizzes and the 5-week practice exams, and I did the last two final exams twice. I personally wanted to cement all the theory and procedures in my head and the only way to do that for me was through grunt work. I am very pleased and I know this course was the reason why I passed!”
– Christopher Reyes, McAllen, Texas

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Parting of the River

Minnesotans were able to walk on dry land, crossing the Mississippi last fall as the Army Corps inspected local locks and dams. According to a StarTribune article, the Corps intentionally lowered water levels to get a better lock at the Minneapolis structures. The unique use of the locks and dams took about three days to fully reduce the water levels 12 feet for inspection. – Shannon Warchol, DTC Civil Structural Instructor

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DTC 2020 Mechanical Pass Rates – 95%

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Our participants have reported in, and we are very proud to announce the 2020 pass rates for participants who completed DTC’s new Mechanical PE Exam Reviews.

DTC PASS RATES:
Overall – 95%
Machine Design and Materials – 98%
Thermal and Fluid Systems – 91%.


(NCEES Pass Rates for 1st time: MDM 68%, TFS 69%, for repeat MDM 36%, TFS 47%)

The DTC team was determined to meet the challenge of the new CBT exam format with the best preparation possible. We took two years to create brand new courses tailored specifically to the CBT exam and the NCEES Reference Handbook.
We developed a number of innovative learning techniques to take maximum advantage of the flexibility and structure of online learning, and it looks like they are working.

“With CBT, the entire methodology for how to study and what to do on game-day has changed. The DTC method does an incredible job, and I credit my performance largely to their review.” – Andy Musselwhite, US Navy. Boston, Massachusetts

“Dr. Tom’s course is the best option on the market, hands down. I had access to two other mainstream services. After a few weeks, it was apparent that DTC would be the most effective use of my time. His method is clear, consistent, and most of all – it works.” – Aldo Leon II, PE, Entergy Nuclear, New Orleans, Louisiana

Needless to say, we’re thrilled with these results, but we won’t won’t stop there. We will continue to make improvements to our Mechanical PE Exam Reviews, adding new content and features based on participant feedback and our evolving understanding of this new exam format. Helping you pass the PE Exam is all we do, and we hope to see you in a course soon.

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There’s a New Yacht in Town

In the yachting world, there are two major divisions, motor powered and sail powered. Not only is sail power quieter, with only the flapping of the sails in the wind and the sound of the hull slicing through the water, the power of the wind is freely available and clean. In contrast, motor power is definitely not quiet, you are limited by the amount of fuel you can carry, and there is some non-trivial pollution given off into the air and water.

Now there is a third division coming into the picture – solar powered yachts. The motorcar giant VW is partnering with the small but rapidly growing company “Silent Yachts” to bring to market a very promising design. Solar energy from panels on every horizontal surface is stored in batteries which in turn drive electric motor systems that turn the propellers. Some are calling them the “Teslas of the Seas.”
 
About a dozen Silent Yachts are already operational and their partnership with VW will certainly make those numbers increase rapidly for sure.
 
Sailors are always checking to see if the wind is up.  Those who choose to go Solar will always be checking to see if the sun is out. Both quietly exploring the serenity of being on the open sea. – Dr. Tom

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FEATURED TESTIMONIAL – “Best Option on the Market, Hands Down”

Dr. Tom’s 20-week Thermal Fluid System course is the best option on the market, hands down. During my preparation, I was fortunate to have access to two other mainstream services. After a few weeks of using them concurrently, it was apparent that Dr. Tom’s classroom would be the most effective use of my time. His method is clear, consistent, and most of all – it works.
 
The beauty of Dr. Tom’s Classroom is they do not assume pre-requisite knowledge; every topic is stripped to bedrock and then built back up utilizing his method. Using his course, I was able to pass the PE on the first try amid Covid-19, working a full-time engineering position, raising two children under three, while also enrolled in an engineering masters curriculum. I would highly recommend anyone who is serious about passing the PE exam to use Dr. Tom’s Classroom.”
– Aldo Leon II, PE, Entergy Nuclear, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Highway 1 Collapse – Interconnected Infrastructure Failure

A recent catastrophic loss of infrastructure occurred on Highway 1 in California near Big Sur when a section of the road collapsed and slid into the ocean. This wash-out highlights the interconnectedness of civil engineering. The source of the failure has been reported as “overwhelmed drainage infrastructure, flowed across the highway, and eroded the road resulting in the complete loss of a segment of Highway 1.” In particular, the disciplines of transportation, hydraulics, and geotechnical engineering will be involved in making this roadway more resilient in the future. – Daniel Findley, DTC Civil Transportation Instructor

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Getting your P.E. license will open up a world of possibilities for you to achieve the extraordinary. And we can help you make those possibilities a reality with our 20-Week Reviews for the Civil and Mechanical PE Exams and our comprehensive plan to prepare you to pass the exam.

To help get you started on the path to greatness, we now offer flexible payment options, lower prices, and longer access. We want to make becoming a PE as stress free and affordable as possible for you.

Professional Engineers are changing our world for the better every day with amazing achievements. We can’t wait to see what you will do with your PE!

“When I learned that my current career may have hit a roadblock and I needed to do something about it, I wasn’t sure where to start. I reached out to a coworker, and he referred me to Dr. Tom’s Classroom and I can’t thank him enough for it. Almost 17 years after getting my graduate degree and having to learn just about every single Mechanical Engineering concept from scratch, I felt that the course seemed very tailor-made for someone like me. Dr. Tom made sure everything was broken down and simplified for anyone to comprehend. I received a passing result, and I can proudly say today, “the DTC Course was most definitely well worth it”. Thank you all for doing what you do to help students like me achieve something that felt unachievable otherwise.”
– R. Balasubramaniam, Houston, Texas

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Wisdom from the Past to Guide Our Future

At the end of ASME SmartBriefs are nuggets of wisdom from those who have had great success in their life. These nuggets always inspire my thoughts for what I want to accomplish in the future, however far out that might be. Hopefully these selected quotes (a dozen from a recent issue) will do the same for you. – Dr. Tom

“Take a stand.  Be known for your courage and confidence.”
– Indra Nooyi
 
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
– Will Rogers
 
“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” 
– Ray Kroc
 
“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” 
– Carl Lewis
 
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” 
– Maya Angelou
 
“I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.” 
– Diane Sawyer
 
“Wisdom isn’t about accumulating more facts; it’s about understanding big truths in a deeper way.” 
– Melinda Gates
 
“If we are lucky, the end of the sentence is where we might begin.” 
– Ocean Vuong
 
“Simplicity is the final achievement.” 
– Frederic Chopin
 
“Time and reflection change the sight little by little until we come to understand.” 
– Paul Cezanne
 
“Inspiration gives no warnings.” 
– Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 
“The fact that you can only do a little is no excuse for doing nothing.” 
– John le Carre

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FEATURED TESTIMONIAL – Clear and Concise Teaching

“I purchased Dr. Tom’s Mechanical Thermal and Fluid Systems review course due to the positive feedback it had received from various engineering message boards. I was especially encouraged by the free videos accessible from Dr. Tom’s YouTube channel.

As I worked through the course, I found that Dr. Tom was able to clearly and succinctly teach the material, and this was especially important to me, being 10+ years out of college and re-familiarizing myself with the concepts. Although my day-to-day work covered a lot of the fluid mechanics portion of the exam, I was less exposed to the thermal portion, and having clear and concise teaching on this was great.

The level of difficulty in the review course problems were just right, with the right focus on the high-value, high-probability topics. Further, I found his explanations to the companion NCEES practice exam problems to be invaluable in deciphering the provided solutions. I implemented Dr. Tom’s three-pass method, as well as his DTC approach on exam day, and found out shortly after I had passed. Thank you Dr. Tom and the team!”
– Stephen, New York, New York

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The Perfect Socially Distanced Vacation – With Manatees

Like many families these days, mine spent part of our holiday break socially-distanced in nature. For a combination of wildlife and warm weather, we traveled to Weeki Wachee, Florida to kayak and swim amongst the manatee in the crystal clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River. Kayaking is one of our favorite water activities because of the exercise and serenity of the environment, and kayaking with manatees was even better. Check out our vacation videos to see how cool it was.  

According to the Marine Mammal Commission, the Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, is a large, slow-moving marine mammal with an elongated, round body and paddle-shaped flippers and tail. Manatees are herbivores, feeding solely on seagrass, algae and other vegetation in freshwater and estuarine systems in the southeastern United States. Florida manatees can be found as far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts during summer months, but during the winter, manatees congregate in Florida, as they require warm-water habitats to survive.

It was amazing to share the water with these amazing creatures. – Daniel Findley, DTC Civil Transportation Instructor

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