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With our Pay-As-You-Go option, you can now try out our courses for only $50, before you buy the remaining course modules. We’re so sure you’ll like what you see that there’s no obligation beyond your initial purchase. Just buy the next course module when you’re ready for it – a nice way to spread out the cost.

“Just finished the intro and it was great! I was skeptical about subscribing to anything and was planning on tackling it solo, but but I’m certainly going to subscribe to Dr. Tom’s now.” – New DTC Participant

At DTC, we realize that the uncertainty of these times makes embarking on preparation for the PE Exam even more daunting than usual. That’s why we’ve committed to these flexible payment options. We want to make it as stress free and affordable as possible for you to get started on your way to becoming a PE.

We are all in this together, and we hope these flexible payment options will be helpful. Please stay safe out there!

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NCEES Moves Up Civil PE Exam Conversion to CBT to 2022

NCEES is moving up the date for the conversion of the Civil PE Exam to computer-based testing (CBT), beginning April 1, 2022. That means the last exam to be offered in pencil-and-paper format will be the October 2021 Exam. 

This conversion was originally scheduled to happen in 2023, but NCEES fast-tracked the change in response to COVID-19. According to NCEES Chief Officer of Examinations Tim Miller, P.E., “Under the current COVID-19 guidelines, fewer examinees can be in the exam room at the same time, so we began discussions with Pearson VUE about transitioning the PE Civil exam from 2023 to an earlier date.” With the CBT format you can make an appointment year-round at a testing center. Registration for the CBT Civil exam will open on November 1, 2021.

This change in the testing method has huge consequences for anyone taking a Civil PE exam. To help you understand how this will affect you, Dr. Tom has outlined the implications of the CBT exam in his Change Is Coming article on the DTC Website.
 
Here’s the bottom line up front – Civil Engineers, take the Pencil-and-Paper exam before it’s too late.

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Achieve Your Extraordinary. Become a PE.

You have achieved a lot in your career as an engineer, but you know that you are capable of more. Getting your P.E. license will open up a world of possibilities for you to achieve the extraordinary. And we can help you make those possibilities a reality with our 20-Week Reviews for the Civil and Mechanical PE Exams and our comprehensive plan to prepare you to pass the exam.

To help get you started on the path to greatness, we now offer flexible payment options, lower prices, and longer access. We want to make becoming a PE as stress free and affordable as possible for you.

Professional Engineers are changing our world for the better every day with amazing achievements. We can’t wait to see what you will do with your PE!

“When I learned that my current career may have hit a roadblock and I needed to do something about it, I wasn’t sure where to start. A coworker referred me to Dr. Tom’s Classroom, and I can’t thank him enough for it.

Almost 17 years after getting my graduate degree, very skeptical about my current learning abilities and not knowing what to expect, I felt that the course seemed very tailor-made for someone like me. Dr. Tom made sure everything was broken down and simplified for anyone to comprehend.

The DTC TFS Course was most definitely well worth it. I took the Mechanical TFS CBT exam and I received a passing result. Thanks for doing what you do to help students like me achieve something that felt unachievable otherwise.” – R. Balasubramaniam, Houston, Texas

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FEATURED TESTIMONIAL – A Great Course!

Thank you Dr. Tom and team for this great course! I was very unsure with all the new changes that have been made to the standard PE Exam with the introduction/changeover to CBT format. With the help of God, lots of hard work, and what I’ve learned through this course, I passed the PE Thermal and Fluid Systems Exam this past Friday (first time taking the exam)! I will highly recommend this course to anyone I know that will be taking the exam in the future.” – PE, Missouri

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Hidden Benefit of Traffic Congestion?

The human element is an omnipresent component of transportation engineering. No matter how a road is designed, we need to consider how drivers will react and behave. As congestion has decreased and roads have been more sparsely populated during COVID-19, some drivers have decided to excessively speed – putting their lives and others at risk.  This is perhaps a hidden benefit of congestion. – Daniel Findley, DTC Civil Transportation Insctructor

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Will This Supersonic Jet Be the Next Air Force One?

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When I was working on my BS degree in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech, our senior design project was to design a supersonic business jet. It was to carry about a dozen passengers. There were 5 teams, each with a different wing configuration: straight, swept, two delta, and an ogive. Since the Concorde had a ogive wing, that team won the computer-based performance competition. Our team was assigned the swept wing, like the F-4 Phantom, and came in second.
 
A recent ASME SmartBrief linked to a FlightGlobal article about a contract to design a supersonic airplane that could one day be “Air Force One.” The company awarded the contract, Exosonic, specializes in low boom technology, so the airplane could operate near populated areas. The article has an impressive concept rendering of the current design, and I could not help but notice the wing configuration was swept! Made my day. – Dr. Tom

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FEATURED TESTIMONIAL – Best Option on the Market, Hands Down

“Dr. Tom’s 20-week Thermal Fluid System course is the best option on the market, hands down. During my preparation, I was fortunate to have access to two other mainstream services. After a few weeks of using them concurrently, it was apparent that Dr. Tom’s Classroom would be the most effective use of my time. His method is clear, consistent, and most of all – it works.
 
The beauty of Dr. Tom’s Classroom is they do not assume pre-requisite knowledge; every topic is stripped to bedrock and then built back up utilizing his method. Using his course, I was able to pass the PE on the first try amid Covid-19, working a full-time engineering position, raising two children under three, while also enrolled in an engineering masters curriculum. I would highly recommend anyone who is serious about passing the PE exam to use Dr. Tom’s Classroom.”
– Aldo Leon II, PE, Entergy Nuclear, New Orleans, Louisiana

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“Skin” Senses Cracks in Bridges

Fatigue cracks in steel members can result in sudden and catastrophic failures. Unfortunately, they’re also very difficult to see during bridge inspections. Researchers at Iowa State University College of Engineering are testing a new skin-like monitoring tool to help inspectors detect, localize, and quantify the cracks. – Shannon Warchol, DTC Civil Structural Instructor

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Practice Makes Perfect

Poor time management during the exam. That is the most common reason our participants say kept them from passing the exam. With the clock ticking, especially on the CBT format exam, it’s easy to get thrown off your exam-day plan, waste time on difficult problems, realize the clock is running out, and panic. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and DTC has designed our courses to prevent that from happening.

Like any stressful situation, the best way to conquer it is to acclimate yourself to it with repeated exposure. That’s why our new 20-Week CBT Mechanical Reviews include lots of opportunities to practice solving problems under exam-like conditions.

First you have a weekly assessment quiz that draws problems from that week’s topics. This is your first opportunity to test your understanding and ability to solve related problems. Questions are presented on the screen, much like the real exam, and we recommend that you replicate exam conditions as closely as possible, using the onscreen Reference Handbook as your only reference.

Then every five weeks, you have a practice exam that pulls 10 questions from the previous five weeks of the course. This practice exam is timed and you have one hour to complete it.

At the end of the course, you go deeper with two two-hour final practice exams that have questions from the full course, and provide you with a very realistic exam experience.

This combination of quizzes and practice exams throughout the course allows you to build your confidence and comfort with the exam conditions, so that you are calm and focused on exam day. Just another reason by DTC courses are the best.

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Setting a Good Example

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I was reading a recent ASME SmartBrief that quotes Albert Schweitzer, famous for his humanitarian work in Africa, saying “A good example has twice the value of good advice.” As we know, advice is free, however setting a good example takes tireless work, the proper knowledge, and precise skills to perform that work with great pride. Engineers, especially those who aspire to becoming professional engineers, must possess all these qualities. It is the trademark of our profession that our members maintain an unquestionable character and a strong commitment to meeting the needs of our society. We have much to be proud of in what we do, and our legacy should always “set the greatest of examples.” – Dr. Tom

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