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First, here’s a quick summary of how our courses work. The DTC Mechanical PE Exam Reviews are comprehensive, structured and flexible online courses for the Machine Design & Materials Exam and the Thermal & Fluids Systems.
To give you…
- the best chance of passing the exam: our reviews teach you the fundamentals and a selected method of solving problems that can be applied quickly across classes of problems. And you will learn Dr. Tom’s tried and true method for organizing your exam resource materials and a problem-solving strategy for maximizing your ability to solve problems quickly during the exam.
- structure and focus: our reviews feature weekly study plans with targeted day-by-day assignments to focus your review on the topics and problems needed to pass the exam.
- a comprehensive review: each review contains a complete review for either the Machine Design & Materials Exam and the Thermal & Fluids Systems with video lessons, assigned readings, and numerous problems to work.
- flexibility: the courses are easy to access online and can be done at your pace and on your schedule.
- the time you need for your review: for each exam date, we offer the review in three time frames: the standard 20-Week Review, the Extended Review, and Fast Track Review.
Now, to learn more about how our courses work, click on the topics below.
Mechanical Review Course Details
I based my online 20-Week Mechanical Engineering PE Exam Review on my many years of experience preparing mechanical engineers for the PE Exam. With the help of my DTC team, I developed the tried and true structure and method that we offer online today. Our courses will provide you will a step by step path to being successful on the exam. It requires a tremendous time commitment and effort on your part, but if you follow the plan that we have laid out for you, you will have everything you need to succeed.
I understand in the years you’re out of college, you’re going to loose your proficiency in the exam topics. We help you get back up to speed on the areas that you need to pass the exam. That's a daunting task, I realize, but we're going to do them one at a time. Step by step. This is not about recovering everything you learned. This is about passing the exam. Just keep moving with Dr. Tom. You will get there.
Everyone at Dr. Tom’s Classroom works hard to make your learning experience the best it can be, and staff and I will be with you every step of the way. Facing this exam can be a lot less scary if you've got a team supporting you all the way. Successfully passing the PE Exam is a defining moment in an engineer's life. We want to share that moment and we will do our part to make your time with Dr. Tom’s Classroom an excellent experience.
Thank you for considering a Dr. Tom's Classroom review. I hope to see you in the course!
– Dr. Tom
To be successful on the exam, you need to be familiar with the right problems, learn how to recognize them, and have a method to quickly locate the information you need on exam day.
The Dr. Tom Method teaches the fundamentals of each topic and a selected method of solving problems that can be applied across classes of problems. The goal is to build your knowledge base in a way that can be applied quickly to problems. By following Dr. Tom’s Method, you will have fewer equations to become familiar with and you will have less decision making to do during the exam.
The Dr. Tom Method also provides you with a system to organize your resources and a problem-solving strategy that involves identifying “low hanging fruit,” or problems that are familiar and can be solved quickly, to work first, and leaving overly complex or completely unfamiliar problems to attempt only after all others have been answered.
You are unlikely to be able to quickly solve a problem that is completely unfamiliar to you, but after a DTC review, you will have a wealth of carefully chosen problems that are likely to be on the exam which will be very familiar to you and easy for you to access. And the course material is targeted specifically to material that will be seen on the exam. If it's not going to be on the exam, you're not going to waste time learning it.
“I had taken the PE twice before, and my biggest concern was problem identification and time management. I knew that these two strategies are critical to passing. It was apparent early on in Dr. Tom’s 20-Week Review course that problem identification was one of the main focuses. With the way the course topics were divided, as well as with use of the Personalized Resource Notebooks, I was able to identify problem types significantly faster than before. I believe this was the main reason I passed.” - William Allred, PE, LEED AP BD+C, RS&H, Merritt Island, Florida
Knowing what to not to review can be just as important as knowing what to review, and the our reviews give you a day by day, week by week plan that targets what you need to know to pass the exam. Weekly assignments include video lessons, assigned readings and problems, challenge problems, and assessment quizzes – all focused on preparing you for exam problems and exam problems only.
This is not about your job, your proficiency at solving real-world engineering challenges or even your complete knowledge of your engineering field. This is about passing the PE Exam and nothing else. There are lots of ways to solve just about any engineering problem. We teach you a way that will help you most efficiently solve problems on the exam. With our reviews, you can confidently focus your energy on learning a proven method, and not on trying to decide what to study.
“The PE exam is not a measure of your academic or professional intuitiveness. It’s simply a test where a bunch of engineers decide to sit and make up tests based solely on their own experiences. So there’s no distinct way to prep or study for it. I thank Dr. Tom a lot because somehow he’s been able to decode this myth. My advice is to pay very close attention to every word of his – regardless of what you’ve been taught in college or at work. The goal isn’t to help you with your profession. The goal is to pass the PE test.” Eche, PE, Richmond, VA
“If you work the program, watch the lectures, do the problems, prepare the personalized resource notebooks, and use the participant forum…..you will pass the exam. This structure, organization, and commitment are why this program is so successful.” Neil Martin, PE (LTC (Retired – US Army)), Veolia Water Technologies, Naperville, Illinois
“The best part about the 20-Week Review is that you develop a weekly schedule of what you need to work on. Material is not crammed into a 3 or 4 week review like some other PE courses. With the 20-Week Review, you gradually rebuild and strengthen what you learned in college so you can take on the PE exam with confidence.” Michael Noll, PE, Delmar Systems in Houston, TX
To complete all review assignments, participants need to commit to spending a certain number of hours each week working on their review. Time commitment will vary depending on when you start. For example:
If you start 12 months before the exam, you would need to spend an average of 7-10 hours per week.
If you start 6 months before the exam, you would need to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week.
If you start 3 months before the exam, you would need to spend an average of 30-40 hours per week.
It’s a lot of material and a lot of work, but if you put in the time and follow the plan, you will be prepared for the exam.
“Dr. Tom guided us with a cookbook method of organizing the info and provided a test day companion that concisely summarized most of the reference info in one notebook. He defined for us the number of hours needed for prep. I felt that Dr. Tom saw everything from the test takers point of view. It was very helpful, but Dr. Tom can't do it all. If a student wants to pass on the first try, they need to put in the hours of quality prep time that Dr. Tom recommends.” Patrick P. PE, 25 yrs out of college
“I wasn't sure which exam to take, and Dr. Tom covers that well.” Adam Jones, PE
“The exam strategies provided by Dr. Tom coupled with the Exam Day Companion kept me focused during the exam, allowing me to scoop up as much "low hanging fruit" as I could on my way to passing.” - Chris, PE, Toms River, New Jersey
Instructions to read
Handouts to download
Video lessons to watch
Quizzes to takeTo access each assignment, you simply click on it. Once you have completed an assignment, the online classroom marks it as completed automatically to help you keep track of where you are in the course. You have the opportunity to view each video lesson 3 times. This limit is necessary to ensure that only one person is using the course. If you need to view a few lessons more than 3 times, we are happy to reset your access to those for you on request.
“Dr. Tom's 20-Week review was immensely helpful towards my success on the PE exam. The online lessons were the especially helpful because they explained concepts that can be confusing in other resources or difficult to review on your own. The lessons are easy to follow, and Dr. Tom's teaching style gets right to the point.” Angela McNeely, PE, Overland Park, KS
“I truly enjoyed Dr. Tom's online presence and encouragement. His approach built my confidence steadily from beginning to end. He is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher who comes alongside you with empathy and humor. “ - Andrew Miller, PE
You will have access to the DTC Mechanical Engineering Participant Forum on DTC website. This forum is where you will ask Dr. Tom questions about the course materials. You can also search through questions from previous participants to see if your question has already been asked and answered.
Dr. Tom wants to have an active and productive interaction with participants in the Forum. He is dedicated to answering your questions as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.
“I found the Participant Forum to be a useful tool to post questions and see other students’ questions and concerns throughout the 20 weeks. All of the questions I posted were answered within twenty four hours.” - Chris F, PE - Westinghouse Electric Company - Irmo, SC
In addition to the online video lessons you will watch online, you will receive a lot of material that you will need to download and print, including:
Dr. Tom’s Mechanical Exam Day Companion (EDC) - Quick reference with vital equations and information you need to solve problems quickly. One chapter for each topics covered in your Mechanical Exam choice.
Personalized Resource Notebook Guide - System to help you organize the other handouts you receive into quick reference notebooks to use during the exam.
Study Plans - Give you detailed, daily assignments for all 20 study weeks.
Lesson Handouts - Each video lesson has a handout that contains the slides from the lesson.
Challenge Problem Handouts - Solutions for challenge problems.
Assessment Problem Handouts - Solutions for assessment problems.
“The elements of the review course that I found most beneficial were the Exam Day Companion (EDC) and practice problems which were compiled into personal reference notebooks (PRNs). The EDC was my first reference during the exam and provided the equations and concepts needed for the majority of exam day questions.” - Chris F, PE - Westinghouse Electric Company - Irmo, SC
With each review option, you receive the same comprehensive review; the only difference is how long you have access to the course. You are paying for access to a specific course for a set period of time. That’s why longer access to the course costs more. You have access to all the course materials from the day you sign up until the day of the exam, so you can start your review immediately and work at your own pace until the exam.
Extended Review: $1150 (12 months to 6 months before the exam)
20-Week Review: $950 (6 months to 3 months before the exam) RECOMMENDED!
Fast Track Review: $750 (3 months to 1 month before the exam)
We do offer a Military Discount for active military personnel and veterans. Click here to learn more.
“With better than competitive prices, effective teaching ability, and proven results, Dr. Tom's Classroom is undeniably the best value in PE exam preparation. Thanks Dr. Tom!” Andrew Lipetzky, PE, Duke Energy, New Hill, NC
Dr. Tom’s Classroom is proud to support our military and former military Mechanical engineers in their efforts to become Professional Engineers with a 15% Military Discount.
To receive the Military Discount coupon code, simply take a picture of or scan some form of military or veteran ID and email it to email@example.com.
Delivering courses that are easy to use and have the best quality audio, video, and graphics across multiple platforms and devices is our goal. However, sometimes you may not be sure exactly how something works or there may be a technical issue. Whatever the issue, our support staff will work diligently to identify the problem and work for a solution. Our goal is to keep you learning. Anytime, anywhere.
“I was very impressed with how open his staff were to any questions or problems I had throughout the courses.” Amy C., PE, Houston, Texas
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Mechanical PE Exam
"There is no magic bullet for passing this exam, but if you're willing to put in the work, the 20-Week course is invaluable."
"I passed with an 84%! I am convinced that without Dr. Tom's Classroom I would not have done nearly as well and there's a good chance I would not have passed. I was very impressed, and I highly recommend that anybody who is planning to take the PE Exam take Dr. Tom's Classroom review courses and follow his study outline."
"No nonsense, make the plan, work the plan kind of guy. If you want a plan that will put you on the track to first time success, Dr. Tom is your man."
"Dr. Tom's course was essential to my success. With his help, I passed on my first attempt. I would recommend for this course, especially to those that enjoy the virtual classroom-type of instruction. Dr Tom's course content alone is worth the price, but the real value for me came from having a rock solid structure that I know is absolutely tailored for the PE exam."
"I can say with absolute certainty that Dr. Tom’s review course was the key to my success. I was doubtful that I could get back up to speed on so many of the subjects that I spent years studying in college, but it worked!"
"If you are looking for a PE review course, look no farther. My advice, if you are going to devote that much of your time to studying, spend the money for the review course. I have no doubt I would have passed the exam the first time if I had taken Dr. Tom's review course. Don't spend 400 hours kicking yourself for trying to save a few dollars, just take the course. If I could go back in time I would spend 10 times the cost of the review course to take it from the start. After all, how much is your time worth to you?"
"His no-nonsense approach coupled with a wide-ranging experience and clear explanations was undoubtedly a key factor leading to my passing score on the exam. With better than competitive prices, effective teaching ability, and proven results, Dr. Tom's Classroom is undeniably the best value in Mechanical Engineering PE exam preparation. Thanks Dr. Tom!"
"If you don’t read my entire testimonial – here is the “bottom line upfront:” Look no further! If you work the program, watch the lectures, do the problems, prepare the personalized resource notebooks, and use the participant forum... you will pass the exam. Thank you Dr. Tom and your entire staff."
"Dr. Tom's 20 Week course helped me learn everything I needed to pass the PE exam on the first try. I have already recommended the course to my coworker and I will encourage other ME's to take the course. I just wish I could shake Dr. Tom's hand and tell him thank you for everything!"
"I honestly believe that I could not have passed the exam without Dr. Tom’s teaching, guidance and strategy. Dr. Tom should be your #1 resource for exam preparation!"