DTC Review for the Mechanical PE Exam:



If your work experience involves fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, HVAC or Refrigeration, the Thermal & Fluids Systems PE Exam is the right exam for you. Even if these areas are not your strong suit, you should consider taking this exam. It’s easier to prepare for and we can get you up to speed on these topics. – Dr. Tom

Before you choose the Thermal & Fluids Systems 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: Thermal & Fluids Systems 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.

“Dr. Tom’s advice to take Thermal and Fluids proved invaluable. I had originally intended to take Machine Design, but I took the Thermal and Fluids PE Exam per his advice, and I felt really comfortable. I hated thermodynamics before the exam, but he helped me understand it and become comfortable with it. Thank you, Dr. Tom”

– Abdel-Rahman Elnoubi, PE, Alexandria, Virginia

Thermal & Fluids Systems Course Structure

Dr. Tom’s Comprehensive 20-Week Plan

The Review covers targeted topics on the Mechanical: Thermal & Fluids Systems 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),
  • read selected assignments in the CERM and other reference books,
  • learn the most efficient ways to solve problems,
  • work numerous, carefully chosen problems including:
    • assigned NCEES practice exam problems,
    • weekly Challenge Problems with solution videos in the course (over 50),
    • weekly Assessment Problems 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 these handouts and your notes to build your own Personalized Resource Notebooks,
  • download and use the Mechanical: Construction Exam Day Companion reference.

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

Thermal & Fluids Systems Course Syllabus

1        Fluid Mechanics: Properties & Bernoulli w/o friction
2        Fluid Mechanics: Bernoulli w/friction & Pump/Turbine
3        Fluid Mechanics: Momentum Equation & Affinity Laws
4        Thermodynamics I: 1st Law Closed – Real & Ideal Gas
5        Thermodynamics I: 1st Law Open – Real & Ideal Gas, NCEES Videos
6        Thermodynamics I: Thermal Efficiency & COP’s
7        Thermodynamics II: 2nd Law – Closed & Open Systems
8        Thermodynamics II: Isentropic Processes & Adiabatic Efficiencies
9        Thermodynamics II: Rankine Cycle
10      Thermodynamics II: Combustion
11      Thermodynamics II: Air-standard Carnot, Otto, Diesel & Brayton Cycles, NCEES Videos
12       Thermodynamics II: Combined Cycles
13       Refrigeration: Refrigeration Cycle, p-h Diagram
14       HVAC: Psychrometrics & ASHRAE Chart
15       HVAC: Heating, Cooling, & Humidification
16       HVAC: Evaporation, Air Mixing, & Cooling Towers
17       Heat Transfer: Conduction & Convection
18       Heat Transfer: Radiation & Heat Exchangers
19       Heat Transfer: LMTD Correction & e-NTU Method
20       Fluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow

Thermal & Fluids Systems Required & Recommended Texts

Required Texts:

  • Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam (MERM)
  • NCEES PE Mechanical: Thermal & Fluids Systems Practice Exam
  • Thermal & Fluids Systems 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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