DTC Review for the Mechanical PE Exam:


The Machine Design & Materials PE Exams covers a number 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.

Timed practice exams throughout the course help you build your confidence in solving problems in exam-like conditions. By then end of your review, you will have the knowledge and skills you need to pass the exam.

Dr. Thomas H. Brown, PE will be your instructor throughout the course, with Dr. Daniel Findley, PE teaching Engineering Economics topics.

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You have access to all the course materials for a full year, starting the day you purchase each module, so you can start your review immediately and work at your own pace until the exam. The ideal time to begin your 20-Week Review is 24 weeks before your exam date.

What to Expect

This comprehensive and targeted review uses Dr. Tom’s method for relearning the needed engineering concepts, becoming familiar with the Reference Handbook, 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.
  • take timed practice exams throughout the course to build your confidence solving problems in exam-like conditions.

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

Sample Lessons from DTC Mechanical PE Exam Reviews

These are lesson videos from our Mechanical PE Exam Review lessons for the new CBT exam format. They give you a good idea what the lessons are like.

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 Economics
  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
NOTE: Engineering Practice & Supportive Knowledge Assignments are included throughout Weeks 4-16.

Machine Design & Materials Required Text

Required Text:

  • 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 will receive detailed information about how to acquire this free reference after you sign up for your course.