Mechanical Course Info

Mechanical Course Info

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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

Welcome!

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

Our online reviews are based on a 20-week schedule. Each week you have a five-day study plan that gives you detailed daily assignments and a schedule to follow. Weekly assignments include video lessons, assigned readings and problems, challenge problems with solutions videos, and weekly assessment quizzes with exam-type problems. Handout downloads are provided for all videos and quizzes. All this structure allows you to keep your review focused on material and not on having to decide what and when you should study. DTC provides you with a structure for organizing your resources into personalized resource notebooks for quick reference during the exam. We also provide an Exam Day Companion to help you quickly identify the equations you need to solve problems during the exam.

Machine Design & Materials Exam Review -


After a week of course introduction, you have 6 weeks covering basic mechanical engineering topics (Statics, Dynamics and Solid Mechanics), then you will have 1 week on Material Properties, 7.5 weeks on Machine Design and 4.5 weeks on Machine Dynamics. All topics are taught by Dr. Tom himself.

Thermal & Fluids Systems Exam Review -


After a week of course introduction, you have 4 weeks covering Fluid Mechanics, 3 Weeks on Thermodynamics I, 1 week on Refrigeration, 3 weeks on HVAC, 2.5 weeks on Heat Transfer, and 5.5 weeks on Thermodynamics II. All topics are taught by Dr. Tom himself.

“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

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 to promote comprehension as you review and retention of the material on exam day. But at DTC, we understand that timeframe doesn’t work for everyone. So for each exam date, we offer our reviews in three time frames:

Extended Review: 12 months to 6 months before the exam ($1150)

20-Week Review: 6 months to 3 months before the exam ($950) RECOMMENDED!

Fast Track Review: 3 months to 1 month before the exam ($750)

With each of these options, 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.

Click here to see which time frame options are currently available for upcoming exam dates [Link to Course List Page]

“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

We offer Mechanical PE Exam Reviews for the following Mechanical areas:

Machine Design & Materials [link to Mechanical Page]

Thermal & Fluids Systems [link to Mechanical Page]

HVAC & Refrigeration Exam - Those taking this exam can benefit from taking our Thermal & Fluids Review and studying more advanced HVAC topics on their own.[link to Mechanical Page]

We strongly recommend that you watch Dr. Tom’s Mechanical Exam Strategy Videos before choosing which exam you are going to take, especially if you are considering the Machine Design & Materials Exam.[link to Mechanical Exam Strategy Page]

“I wasn't sure which exam to take, and Dr. Tom covers that well.” Adam Jones, PE

You need to make a strategic decision in choosing which exam to take, you need to prepare strategically, and you need to have a strategic approach to solving problems on the exam itself. The key word here is strategy. Dr. Tom shares his thoughts on each of these important strategies in his Exam Strategy videos.

We strongly recommend that you watch Dr. Tom’s Mechanical Exam Strategy Videos before choosing which exam you are going to take, especially if you are considering the Machine Design & Materials Exam. [link to Exam Strategy Page]

Dr. Tom will outline the steps he has found can lead to success on the exam and shares several key pieces of information that everyone needs to know to be successful on the Mechanical PE Exam.

“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
All the assignments of your comprehensive and targeted review are available online 24/7 via your web browser, so you can do your review anywhere, anytime, at your pace and on your schedule. You have access to all the course material from the minute you sign up until the day of the exam. You can work through the review in any order, at your pace and on your schedule. The DTC Online Classroom is easy to use. You simply log in and there you will find a list of all the assignments for your review in the order we recommend that you approach them.

Assignments include:

Instructions to read

Handouts to download

Video lessons to watch

Quizzes to take

To 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

Dr. Tom, as he is affectionately known, teaches all of our Mechanical PE Exam Reviews. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1970. He earned a Masters Degree in Engineering Mechanics from North Carolina State University in 1973. Dr. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, also earned at NC State. Today, Dr. Tom is the founder and driving force behind Dr. Tom’s Classroom where he pursues his passion of teaching engineers how to prepare for and pass the PE exam. [Link to Dr. Tom Page]

“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

For Machine Design & Materials Exam Review, you will need to purchase the following books:

MERM, 13th Edition, © 2013 - available from PPI @ http://ppi2pass.com/mechanical-engineering-reference-manual-for-the-pe-exam-merm13.html

Six-Minute Solutions for ME PE Mechanical Systems & Materials Problems, 2nd Edition, © 2012 - available from PPI @ http://ppi2pass.com/six-minute-solutions-for-mechanical-pe-exam-mechanical-systems-and-materials-problems-sxmm2.html

NCEES PE Mechanical: Machine Design & Materials Practice Exam © 2016 - available from NCEES @ https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/

For Thermal & Fluids Systems Exam Review, you will need to purchase the following books: MERM, 13th Edition, © 2013 - available from PPI @ http://ppi2pass.com/mechanical-engineering-reference-manual-for-the-pe-exam-merm13.html

Six-Minute Solutions for ME PE Thermal and Fluid Systems Problems, 2nd Edition, © 2011 - available from PPI @ http://ppi2pass.com/six-minute-solutions-for-mechanical-pe-exam-thermal-and-fluids-systems-problems-sxmt2.html

NCEES PE Mechanical: Thermal and Fluids Practice Exam © 2016 - available from NCEES @ https://account.ncees.org/exam-prep/

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

With Dr Tom’s Classroom online review courses, you are paying for access to the course for a set period of time. It is up to you to take advantage of the course materials during the timeframe you have purchased. There are certain fixed costs associated with delivering the course to each individual participant, and we are unable to extend your access to the course beyond the purchased timeframe.

When you purchase the course, it is licensed to only you. You agree that you will not share your login, password or use of the course with anyone else.

Dr. Tom’s Classroom offers no free retake of the course. Once you have purchased one of our reviews, however, we are committed doing what we can to support your effort to pass the exam as much as we can. So we offer a General Retake Discount of 40% on any full review (20-Week, Extended or Fast Track) to participants who are unable to finish the course or take the exam for any reason. We also offer a Failed Test Discount of 70% on on any full review (20-Week, Extended or Fast Track) to participants who complete the full course, take the exam, do not pass and send us their exam diagnostic.

Click here to review the complete Terms and Conditions for purchasing a Dr. Tom’s Classroom review course. [link to Terms & Conditions Page]

If You Fail the Exam - We offer a Failed Test Retake Discount of 70% to participants who take the exam and do not pass. All you need to do is send us your exam diagnostic, and we will send you a discount coupon and a review of your diagnostic with our recommendations for your next attempt.

If You Did Not Take the Exam - We offer a General Retake Discount of 40% to participants who are unable to finish the course or take the exam for any reason.

See our Terms and Conditions for full details. We do not offer free retakes or refunds to participants who do not pass the exam.

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 info@drtomsclassroom.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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