Civil Engineering – Structural

Shannon is our Structural instructor for the DTC Civil PE Exam Review courses. Shannon is a dedicated researcher and teacher who brings her systematic approach to our Structural review.


I’m Shannon Warchol, and I am a researcher specializing in interchanges. My passion for interchanges began in a bridge engineering class at the University of Notre Dame, where I received my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. My passion for structural engineering was solidified while studying reinforced concrete design. I love that what looks like a long, complex equation with fifteen variables can actually be broken into smaller parts – each of which is the basic principles learned in statics and solids now applied to the concrete or steel elements. The arduous and sometimes seemingly pointless coursework up to that point finally came together.

There no shortage of information to know for the structural portion of the exam! However, I structure my lessons to keep you focused on gaining points. With each problem being weighted equally, some are just not worth your time to solve. Other problems can be solved very quickly if you know which table or equation to reference. My lessons are focused on showing you those tables and equations as well as reviewing the material which is most likely to appear on the exam. I am a firm believer that many simple mistakes can be avoided through careful consideration of units, so with every equation, you’ll find a full breakdown of the units of each term.

– Shannon

Shannon is a research associate at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and her M.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. While at Notre Dame, Shannon began studying the design and construction of the Pioneer Crossing and I-15 Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) in American Fork, Utah. This research took her to North Carolina State University where she continues the study of interchanges today. She is a licensed P.E. in the state of North Carolina.


As an academic researcher, using my PE seal is rare, usually reserved for when I’m trying to recall my license number to record PDHs. Yet having that designation has still allowed me to achieve great personal fulfillment. Researchers can become so focused on specific questions that we often miss or forget the larger picture. Preparing for, and passing, the PE has provided tremendous personal confidence, reminding me that although my daily work may be highly specialized, I still have the ability to relearn, recall, and understand the general knowledge that underlies our field. Professionally, holding a PE designation is critical as a young professional. Most of my clients are practicing engineers. Having my license brings a sense of commonality and understanding when I walk into a room to present findings. The PE designation is about so much more than the seal – it is about the personal and professional respect from and for all others whom you encounter. 

– Shannon



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