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 from the day you sign until the day of the exam.

“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.

Time Frame Options

12 months to 6 months before the exam


6 months to 3 months before the exam



3 months to 1 months before the exam


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. Check out the Mechanical Catalog to see which time frame options are currently available or coming soon for upcoming exam dates.

What to Expect

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

You 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 and problem 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:

  • Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (MERM)
  • NCEES PE Mechanical: Machine Design & Materials Practice Exam
  • Machine Design & Materials Six Minute Problems

You will receive detailed information about which editions to acquire and where to get them after you sign up for your course.



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