Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Announcing Our New Ondemand Lite Course

School of PE offers an Ondemand Lite learning format for its PE and SE exam review courses.

Are you a procrastinator? Do you wait until the absolute last second possible before you begin working on a project or studying for an exam? We get it; studying is extremely time consuming, and it is easy to keep putting it off! 

School of PE is excited to announce its newly created Ondemand Lite option for its PE and SE review courses. We understand that some people like to study at the last minute, which is the main reason we decided to launch this new course format. 

If you feel like you need a quick refresher before taking the PE or SE exam, the Ondemand Lite course is a great option. Below is some general information about the new format: 

Duration: From the moment you register until the day of the October 2018 exam 

Material: Similar to the regular Ondemand option (now referred to as Ondemand Pro), our Ondemand Lite course provides students with refresher notes, workshop problems, and video recordings from the Live Online courses 

Price: $890 (Ondemand Pro costs $1,190) 

With the October PE and SE exams right around the corner, it’s time to begin cracking down and studying! To learn more about the differences between our Ondemand Lite and Ondemand Pro options, visit the Compare Plans tab on your desired PE or SE review course page.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Announcing Our PE Civil Practice Portal: Prepare with Practice Problems

Our Practice Portal has officially made it to PE Civil exam review courses! Previously, the Practice Portal was only available to students in our FE exam review courses, so we are very excited to announce that it is now available for one of our most popular courses. 

Numerous studies have been conducted on the benefits of practice problems, and results have shown that practicing really does help during studying. Practicing PE exam sample questions has been found to be one of the most effective techniques for studying as it improves cognitive functionality and reduces overall exam anxiety. 

The PE Civil Practice Portal currently offers more than 200 practice problems and will have even more questions added to it over the coming weeks. The PE Civil Practice Portal will cover the following subjects: 

· Project Planning 
· Means & Methods 
· Soil Mechanics 
· Structural Mechanics 
· Hydraulics & Hydrology 
· Geometrics 
· Materials 
· Site Development 

Because of our Prepare, Practice, Pass initiative, School of PE is fully dedicated to making sure its students have all of the materials and resources needed to pass their exams. Although the Practice Portal is currently only offered to our FE and PE Civil students, we will expand the product to more subjects very soon! 

Want to practice for the PE Civil exam? Our Ondemand courses are still open for registration for the October 2018 exam! Sign up for an exam review course today! 

Prepare, Practice, Pass 
Anytime, Anywhere, 
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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Top 10 Most Impressive Structures Ever Built

During the designing and construction of a structure, such as a building or bridge, both architectural engineers and structural engineers work together to not only design the structure but to make sure it is practical and safe. When looking at skyscrapers or obscurely shaped buildings, it is sometimes surprising how designers and builders pulled something that advanced off (maybe it’s from the knowledge they obtained in a PE Architectural or Structural Engineering review course)! 

Interested in seeing what structural and architectural engineers are capable of? Check out these ten impressive structures below: 

Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa 

Burj Khalifa 

The Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, is considered impressive because of its extreme height. This tall building is 163 stories high and includes 57 elevators! The building’s height reaches 829.8 meters (2,722 feet). The Burj Khalifa actually currently holds 16 records including the world’s highest elevator installation, the world’s highest observation deck (the deck being on the 124th floor), and of course, the tallest structure ever built. 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shard 

The Shard 

The Shard towers over the city of London with the height of 95-stories. In 2012, the building was recorded as the tallest completed European building with its highest point being at an impressive 309.6 meters high. The total time of construction lasted for 3 years, beginning March 2009 and ending in November 2012. Other than its impressive height and overall design, one other factor that makes this building so impressive is that 95% of the construction supplies used were made from recycled materials. 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force_Academy_Cadet_Chapel 

The Cadet Chapel 

The Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was constructed in 1962 for the United States Air Force Academy and includes 6 different sections: the Protestant chapel, the Catholic chapel, the Jewish chapel, the Buddhist chapel, the Falcon Circle, and an all-faiths rooms for smaller religious congregations. The seventeen spires that top the chapel are the most impressive feature the building has to offer. Each spear pierces the Colorado sky at 150 feet in height. 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petronas_Towers 

Petronas Towers 

If you ever travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Petronas Towers are a must-see. These twin towers stand over the city at 452 meters (1,483 feet) tall. The two sky scrapers are considered the world’s tallest twin buildings. Inside the towers feature luxurious shopping centers and office suites. The towers are also connected via a sky bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors. Because of the extreme height and the window-heavy design of the structures, it actually would take a total of two months to clean all of the windows! 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niter%C3%B3i_Contemporary_Art_Museum 

NiterĂ³i Contemporary Art Museum 

Talk about a balancing act! The NiterĂ³i Contemporary Art Museum located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, sits on cliffside offering tourists and locals not only a modernized-designed building to look at, but also beautiful art displays. The building was built to hover over a pool of water, which creates an illusion that the building is a flying saucer. 


Images retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wasserstra%C3%9Fenkreuz_Magdeburg_Jun_2012_9.JPG

Magdeburg Water Bridge 

Bridges are usually used for vehicles to travel over water, right? Well, the Magdeburg Water Bridge, located in Germany, actually provides a way to travel over the Elbe-Havel canal via water. This structure is an aqueduct for commercial ships and boats to travel between Berlin and Rhineland without having to travel through the canal itself. The sides of the aqueduct also provide walking and biking paths for pedestrians. 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helix_Bridge 

Helix Bridge 

Singapore is known for its impressive structures and architecture. The Helix Bridge is a magnificent structure in Singapore that was designed to mimic DNA. The stainless-steel pedestrian bridge has earned numerous awards and recognition over the years, including the “World’s Best Transport” award. 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangzhou_Bay_Bridge 

Hangzhou Bay Bridge 

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge, which opened in 2008, connects the Zhejiang Chinese provinces Jiaxing and Ningbo. This stayed-cable bridge may look like an ordinary bridge from afar, but what makes it so impressive is that it is 22 miles long. Branching over the Hangzhou Bay, the bridge has immensely helped with travel times. For example, instead of traveling four hours from Ningbo to Shanghai, the bridge offers a decreased travel time of two hours. 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaozhou_Bay_Bridge

Jiaozhou Bay Bridge 

Similar to the Hangzhou bridge, this bridge stretches across a bay to significantly decrease travel time. The bridge stands over the Jiaozhou Bay and connects Quingdao and Huangdao. The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge currently holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest bridge over water with the total length being 16.6 miles long. 


Image retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong%E2%80%93Zhuhai%E2%80%93Macao_Bridge 

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge 

Part bridge and part under-sea tunnel, the Hong-Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is the recorded as the longest cross-sea bridge in the world. The bridge section stretches over 18.4 miles before diving into 4.2 miles of tunnel. This bridge provides easy access between China, Macau, and Hong Kong. Currently, the bridge and tunnel system have not officially opened to the public yet as construction is still being finalized, but it will take the Guinness World Record from the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge for the longest bridge over water record when construction is completed.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Best Undergraduate Surveying Degree Programs

Did you know: Surveying engineering is rapidly growing in popularity. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is projected to be 49,800 surveying jobs available in 2026 (an 11 percent increase from 2016). 

Are you interested in pursuing a career in surveying? To become a surveyor, one must acquire an engineering undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Then, to become licensed, the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) and Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exams must be taken and passed. To help you out with this process, we have listed five top-ranked surveying engineering programs to get you on the right track. Keep in mind, taking an FS review course during your senior year of undergrad will help you obtain a professional surveyor license earlier in your career than those who wait. 

Check out our list of surveying engineering programs below: 


University of Florida offers a geomatics bachelor’s degree with a specialization in surveying and mapping. This 120-credit hour degree covers in-depth information on spatial visualization, UAS mapping, geometrics and design, photogrammetry, and many other surveying topics. 

Location: Gainesville, FL 
Total Number of Undergraduate Students: 39,565i 


California State University- Fresno, also known as Fresno State, offers a geomatics/surveying bachelor’s degree. This degree focuses on boundary/land surveying, geodesy, GIS, and digital mapping. 

Location: Fresno, CA 
Total Number of Undergraduate Students: 22,189ii 


The University of Maine’s College of Engineering offers a 126-credit hour surveying technology degree. Courses in this program include construction surveying, plane surveying, instrumentation and data collectors, site planning, and subdivision design. 

Location: Orono, ME 
Total Number of Undergraduate Students: 9,279iii 


The University of Akron’s curriculum for their B.S. in surveying and mapping degree not only provides classroom lectures but greatly focuses on interactive learning as well as hands-on research. The university’s degree focuses on field measurement techniques, construction project and subdivision design, GIS, and GPS technology. 

Location: Akron, OH 
Total Number of Undergraduate Students: 18,802iv 


Kennesaw State University’s 121-credit hour surveying and mapping bachelor’s degree teaches students to create maps using field measurements, construction projects, and subdivision developments. This program also teaches how to establish vertical and horizontal control with the use of satellite geodesy. 

Location: Kennesaw, GA 
Total Number of Undergraduate Students: 32,945v 

References

i. "Enrollment". University of Florida. February 20, 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
ii. "Table 1 Total Enrollment by Sex and Student Level, Fall 2017." Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
iii. "Overall Enrollment" (PDF). University of Maine Enrollment. Retrieved 10 September 2018. 
iv. "Enrollment Data." University of Akron. Retrieved 10 September 2018. 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Choosing a Learning Format for FE Exam Review Courses

Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is an extremely important step in an engineer’s career, as it is a required prerequisite in most states for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) licensure exam.

Whether you are planning on taking the FE Civil, FE Electrical, FE Mechanical, FE Other (General), or another FE discipline exam, having the right preparation resources is a key factor in passing your chosen exam. To help prepare FE exam applicants for their exams, School of PE offers comprehensive exam review courses that include lectures, practice problems, instructor guidance, and more! 

We understand that everyone has different schedules, so we are happy to provide a variety of learning formats to our students. Check out the different learning formats below: 

School of PE offers a variety of learning formats to prepare exam applicants for the FE Exam. Students may choose from OnDemand, OnDemand Subscriptions, and Live Online when signing up for an FE exam review course.


Have a learning format picked out? Great! If not, we also provide a thorough feature comparison where you can see all of the features we offer for each learning format (we promise, each format offers a ton of features). 

Sign up to prepare for the FE exam today! 

Prepare, Practice, Pass
Anytime, Anywhere
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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

PE Electrical: Electronics, Controls, & Communication vs Power

Signing up and registering for the PE exam is a big, and somewhat daunting, experience for exam applicants. From paying exam fees to providing proof of experience, a lot of work goes into the application process no matter which exam an individual is signing up for. Some exams, such as the PE Electrical, Mechanical, and Civil exams, have one extra step applicants have to consider: they need to decide which version of the exam they want to take. 

Right now, we are going to focus on the PE Electrical exam. The PE Electrical exam offers three different versions to choose from, two of the most popular being the Electronics, Controls, & Communications exam, and the Power exam. 

Figuring out which exam to takes requires an understanding of your career goals as well as the examination specifications. To help with the process of choosing which exam to sign up for, we have provided typical career descriptions for each field as well as a general outline of NCEES’ exam specifications. 

A Power Engineer performs various tasks in order to deliver stable power electricity to residential buildings, commercial buildings, and appliances. Power engineers may work with different types of circuits, such as three-phase circuits or single-phase circuits, battery devices, converters, and other electrical devices. According to NCEES’ exam specifications, an exam applicant is expected to understand the following topics: 

· General Power Engineering 
· Circuits 
· Rotating Machines and Electrical Power Devices 
· Transmission and Distribution 

An Electronics, Controls, and Communications (ECC) Engineer works on more specific devices when compared to power engineers. ECC engineers may work with digital systems, such as digital and memory devices, amplifiers, antennas, wireless communication devices, and more. According to NCEES’ exam specifications, an exam applicant is expected to understand the following topics: 

· General Electrical Engineering Knowledge 
· Digital Systems 
· Electromagnetics 
· Electronics 
· Control Systems 
· Communications 

Prepare, Practice, Pass 
Anytime, Anywhere 
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Surveying Engineering: Job Description, Salary, and Job Trends

School of PE offers surveying engineering review courses to prepare exam applicants for the FS and PS exams.

When driving down a street, you may sometimes notice individuals in bright-green traffic vests looking through lenses hoisted on tripods. If you’ve ever wondered who these individuals are, they are surveying engineers. Have you ever wondered what surveying engineers do or how much they get paid? Maybe you are thinking about pursuing a career in surveying and need some extra guidance on the process. Whatever the case may be, we have outlined some information about surveying engineers below: 

What do surveyors do? 

Surveying engineers take measurements of the earth’s surfaces for various projects. They take measurements of property lines, survey the curves and contour of the ground, and evaluate construction zones before construction begins. Surveyors also perform research on land records and prepare maps, plots, and reports. 

Why should I become a surveyor? 

Surveying engineering is rapidly growing in popularity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the surveying field is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than other career fields. In 2016, there were 44,800 surveyor jobs. In 2026, there is projected to be 49,800 jobs available. 

The median pay for surveying engineering is another factor to evaluate when looking at job security. In 2017, the median pay for surveyors was $61,140 per year. 

How do I become a surveyor? 

To become a surveyor, one must acquire an engineering undergraduate degree from an accredited university. Then, to become licensed, the FS and PS exams must be taken and passed. 

The FS exam is typically administered first, then after obtaining four years of professional surveying experience, applicants may take the PS exam. According to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the organization that administers and scores the surveying exams, states that “[The FS exam] is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate surveying degree from an ABET accredited program” and “The PS exam tests your ability to practice the surveying profession competently.” 

To assist those who wish to take the FS or PS exam, School of PE provides both FS and PS review courses to help exam applicants prepare for their exams. Through years of experience preparing exam review courses and obtaining student feedback, School of PE has formulated and strategized what really makes the best review course, and we believe School of PE provides the right tools and expertise to help students pass their exams. 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in surveying engineering and want to prepare for the FS or PS exam, check out School of PE

Information derived from www.ncees.org and www.bls.gov.