DTC Review for the Mechanical PE Exam:


The Machine Design & Materials PE Exams covers a lot of diverse, unrelated topics, which can make it challenging to prepare for. But if you have significant and recent experience doing machine design, this could be the right exam for you. – Dr. Tom

Before you choose the Machine Design & Materials Exam as your PE Exam, we recommend that you watch Dr. Tom’s Mechanical Exam Strategy – Part 1 Video to see Dr. Tom’s recommendations on Exam choice. 

Signing up for the DTC Review for the Mechanical: Machine Design & Materials PE Exam gives you access to Dr. Tom’s successful, exam-focused, online course for one full year from the day you begin your review.

“I was pleased with how succinctly the information was presented in Dr. Tom’s review for the Machine Design & Materials PE exam. The lesson plans helped me stay organized and motivated as I checked off each item. The lesson videos were straight forward and informative; they were great refreshers. After completing the course, I felt prepared for the exam, and I passed. I highly recommend this course. Thanks Dr. Tom and team for all your help!

– Carl Tompson, PE, ConcealFab Corporation, Colorado Springs, CO”

Machine Design & Materials Course Structure

Dr. Tom’s Comprehensive 20-Week Plan

The Review covers targeted topics on the Mechanical: Machine Design & Materials Exam, and it is based on a 20-Week review structure. Each week is devoted to a different topic and provides you with lessons and practice, familiarizing you with solutions for the type of problems you will see on the exam. Dr. Thomas H. Brown, PE will be your instructor throughout the course.

Payment Options

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To celebrate 10 years of helping hundreds of engineers pass the PE Exam, DTC is offering a whole new pricing model to make our courses more affordable and accessible. We want to help you achieve the extraordinary by helping you pass the PE Exam. So we’re offering all our courses to you for a full year at lower prices. 

It’s simple: pay up front and purchase 12 month’s access to either of our Mechanical 20-Week Reviews and pay only $750, or pay in installments and you still receive 12 month’s access for a total of $950. Great courses at great prices, our way of helping you achieve your extraordinary. 

But it gets even better! We are offering 12-month Access to our New CBT Mechanical Reviews in a special Introductory Pay-As-You-Go Option* that will allow you to purchase the course in 7 modules that each cost $100, making your total cost for the course only $700, a $250 savings off the regular Pay-As-You-Go price of $950. You can also Pay Up Front for the Introductory Price of $700.

*NOTE: Due to the complete overhaul required to make these new courses as effective as possible for the CBT exam format, the course is not 100% complete. Dr. Tom and his team are taking this conversion very seriously, and we are making sure that it is the best preparation possible for this exam. That’s why it’s taking a while. New modules of the Introductory Pay-As-You-Go Option will be made available as soon as they are completed. Our goal is to have the course completed as soon as possible, with July 1 being the latest completion date. The earliest that you should schedule to take the exam is July 1, 2020. If you begin your review now, you should be on track to take the exam then, but you will also have access to the course for several months beyond that date.

What to Expect

This comprehensive and targeted review uses Dr. Tom’s method for relearning the needed engineering concepts and using his problem-solving strategy to maximize your ability to solve problems quickly during the exam.

Your course will be 100% online, and you can access the course materials 24/7 allowing you to work at your own pace and on your own schedule. We have also kept the course videos short (10 to 30 minutes) to give you the flexibility to fit your review into your schedule. 

In the Review, you follow detailed, day-by-day assignments in your study plan in which you:

  • go online to watch pre-recorded video lessons (over 50),
  • learn the most efficient ways to solve problems,
  • work numerous, carefully chosen problems including:
    • Lesson Problems with solution videos
    • assigned NCEES practice exam problems,
    • Challenge Problems with solution videos in the course (over 50),
    • weekly Assessment Quiz in the course,
  • access a Participant Forum to ask your instructors questions about the course content,
  • download handouts for every lesson presented,
  • use the Mechanical Reference Handbook Companion to become familiar with where to find information in the NCEES Handbook.

It’s a lot of material and a lot of work, but if you follow the plan, you will be prepared for the exam.

Machine Design & Materials Course Syllabus

  1      Statics: Equilibrium, Friction, Trusses, MERM Videos
  2      Dynamics: F = ma, Work/Energy Impact, MERM Videos
  3      Solid Mechanics: Axial Loading, Torsion, Bending
  4      Solid Mechanics: Buckling of Columns
  5      Solid Mechanics: Stress Due to Pressure
  6      Solid Mechanics: Combined Loading
  7      Material Properties: Engineering Material Properties 
  8      Machine Design: Pulley Systems, Mohr’s Circle
  9      Machine Design : Static Design, Fatigue
10      Machine Design : Welded Connections
11      Machine Design : Bolted Connections
12      Machine Design: Helical Springs
13      Machine Design : Spur Gears
14      Machine Design : Bearings & Lubrication
15      Machine Design : Power Transfer Components
16      Machine Dynamics: Rigid-Body Motion MERM Videos
17      Machine Dynamics: Machine Energy Storage
18      Machine Dynamics: Free Vibration
19      Machine Dynamics: Forced Vibration I
20      Machine Dynamics: Forced Vibration II

Machine Design & Materials Required Texts

Required Texts:

  • NCEES PE Mechanical: Machine Design & Materials Practice Exam
  • NCEES PE Mechanical Reference Handbook

The only reference that you will be allowed to use during the exam is the NCEES PE Mechanical Reference Handbook. You can download it free from the NCEES website in PDF format. You’ll need to create an NCEES account to access it. 

You will receive detailed information on where to get them after you sign up for your course.




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