Thursday, 16 August 2018

Why School of PE Provides the Best PE Exam Prep Courses

Looking for a review course to prepare for an NCEES exam and don’t know which company to choose? You may be searching each review course one-by-one. Instead of spending time reviewing every page of each company’s website, we have provided a comprehensive list of reasons why we think School of PE provides the best PE exam prep courses. 

Review Courses are Our Specialty 

School of PE has been helping its students pass their exams for more than a decade. 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. 

Pass Rates 

If you’ve been comparing exam review courses, pass rates for each company are typically a big factor in choosing which company to go with. To save you some time, just take a look at School of PE’s pass rates for its PE courses, which are significantly higher than the national rates.

School of PE’s pass rates vs. national pass rates for PE exams. School of PE’s pass rates are great to evaluate when comparing companies. These pass rates show that School of PE provides the best PE exam prep courses.
*Pass rates derived from October 2017 results


Multiple Instructors 

Why have just one instructor teach all of the PE Civil subjects when they only specialize in transportation? To help our students get the most out of preparing for their exams, we have multiple instructors for each exam review course. Each instructor is assigned to teach a topic that they specialize in, so you can be confident that you are receiving the best instruction for each topic. 

In-Depth Instruction 

We don’t believe in rushing through in-depth material; we make sure our students have enough instruction to fully grasp exam topics. For instance, our PE Civil course includes more than 80 hours of instruction time- 84 hours to be exact. Our instructors spend 56 hours reviewing the breadth portion and 28 hours for each depth portion. 

Our Student Learning Center 

Our user-friendly student learning center provides our students with the necessary tools to stay organized. Some of our favorite features include bookmarking timestamps to make digital notes, viewing the percentage of the lecture watched for each video, and bookmarking individual video lectures to sort out focus areas. 

Tutoring 

If our exam review courses alone aren’t enough, we offer so much more! From refresher notes to an expansive library of practice problems, we make sure you have every resource necessary to help you succeed. Tutoring is one of the many features we pride ourselves on. Our student-exclusive tutoring revolves directly around a student’s exam preparation needs, and our tutors create a structured, individualized study plan for each student. Students who are enrolled in our FE Civil or PE Civil classes can purchase tutoring sessions. 

Choosing School of PE as your exam prep course provider is one of the best decisions you can make. Check out all of the review courses School of PE provides: 

Monday, 13 August 2018

3 Engineering Technological Advances that Save Lives

The engineering world is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the communities it serves. From designing bridges to surveying land before beginning construction projects, the main goal of engineers always remains the same: to keep the public safe. 

Safety is often a concern when disaster strikes. For example, when a strong hurricane hits land, it is extremely important to be fully prepared to ensure minimal loss. Throughout the years, the field of engineering has experienced many technological advances to help improve overall safety. Below are three instances when engineering technology has evolved in a way that greatly improves safety and has even helped saved lives: 

Sonar Robots 

Just last month, twelve boys and their soccer coach became trapped inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Making national news, the story of the trapped soccer team kept the attention of thousands of people from around the world. 

The rescue was performed by the Thai Navy SEALs, who carefully planned out the three-day rescue mission. Without specific technology, such as sonar robots, the rescue may have not been so successful or timely. 

The team was trapped in a part of the cave that was not easily accessible from the main ground. So, rescuers needed to enter from an entrance that was rather far (approximately 2.5 miles) from the trapped soccer team. Sonar robots, which are typically used to survey specific areas where oil or gas could possibly be drilled for, helped the rescue team navigate through the dark tunnels. 

Drones 

Drones have become very important tools in various rescue missions. One specific disaster that drones assisted in was Hurricane Harvey. Harvey, which was considered a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall, inflicted $125 billion in damages, destroying many homes and causing thousands of people to become stranded. 

To help locate those who were stranded due to the rising waters, drones were used. Drones were used to capture images and the location of people who needed rescued, which is much easier and more efficient than having a rescue team physically search for stranded people via a boat. 

Super Shelters 

Every summer, a wildfire typically develops somewhere in the western United States. Wildfires break out as a result of dry temperature and extreme heat. Fighting these wildfires can be a treacherous job for firefighters. 

In 2013, a wildfire began in Arizona and ended up killing 19 firefighters. The firefighters became trapped by the flames and were forced to use their foil, tent-like safety shelters as a last resort to save their lives. Unfortunately, the shelters they had did not hold up to the heat, causing the team to perish in the fire. 

As a result, the Fire Shelter project was initiated as an attempt to reevaluate the safety shelters and to fix the flaws the previous shelters had. According to National Geographic, “This latest version [of safety shelters] consists of an outside layer made of high-temperature resistant silica cloth and an inside layer composed of a lightweight, fiberglass scrim cloth. Both layers are laminated to aluminum foil, which is an excellent reflector of radiant heat.” Unfortunately, the glue used to keep these shelters together and to keep the heat from entering the shelters is what failed during the Arizona wildfire. Because of the direct contact with flames, the glue melted. Now, a new, improved shelter is being tested and is expected to withstand direct contact with flames. 

These are just a few emerging technologies that have saved lives. As technology evolves and becomes more advanced, it is because of the engineers behind the technology that makes disaster relief successful. If you are interested in keeping the public safe, becoming an engineer may be right for you. To become a licensed engineer, one must pass the FE exam and the PE exam. School of PE offers a wide variety of licensing exam review courses, such as PE Civil, PE Electrical, PE Environmental, and PE Mechanical. Start your engineering career today by signing up for a licensure exam review course

References:

Paez, D. 3 Incredible Engineering Techniques that Helped Saved the Thai Cave Boys. Retrieved 

French, S. 7 Ways Drones are Helping Hurricane Irma, Harvey Recovery Experts. Retrieved from 

Than, K. New Firefighting Technologies: Drones, Super Shelters. Retrieved from 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Instructor Features: PE Petroleum

By Ashley Studer 

Petroleum is an essential aspect to everyday life with oil being sourced to transportation, industrial and residential sectors. Even with renewable energy emerging and becoming more prominent in today’s society, the oil industry is expected to grow. 

As the industry continues to grow, more and more people are becoming licensed in Petroleum Engineering. As a result, School of PE has decided to launch it’s own PE Petroleum exam review course to help exam applicants prepare for the PE Petroleum exam. 

I had the privilege of speaking with two of School of PE’s PE Petroleum instructors and discussed the petroleum industry and talked about the exam itself. This article goes over the highlights of the conversations. But first, below are the bios of the two instructors I talked to: Tan Nguyen and Quy Doan. 

Dr. Tan Nguyen received his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and is the founder and director of a Production and Drilling Research Project at New Mexico Tech. Outside of teaching the PE Petroleum drilling course at School of PE, he enjoys performing research. His current research projects focus on directional and horizontal drilling, rheology of drilling fluid, multiphase flow, well completion, well stimulation, and artificial lift methods. 
Mr. Doan holds his professional engineering license in California. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and his master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California. Outside of teaching PE Petroleum Production/ Completion and Project Management courses at School of PE, he currently works for InterAct PMTI as a Petroleum Engineer. His area of expertise includes Pressure Transient Analysis, Well Test Design and Operations, and Well Production and Surveillance. 

Why do you think Petroleum Engineering is important and how does it impact society as a whole? 

Nguyen: Most of products around us are from petroleum products. Therefore, petroleum engineering has a great impact on society as a whole. If cruel oil or gas prices change, it will affect not only gas and natural gas prices, but also the whole economy. 

Doan: Petroleum is important for many things, such as cars and electricity. Without petroleum, we wouldn’t have what we have today. 

What originally made you want to pursue a career in Petroleum Engineering? 

Nguyen: High income (Makes sense. The median pay for petroleum engineers in 2017 was $132,280 per year or $63.60 per hour. The job outlook for the next decade for PE Petroleum is also promising). 

Doan: Petroleum is a very important industry. We need petroleum to live out our every day lives. 

Do you have any advice for those who are preparing for the PE Petroleum exam? 

Nguyen: Students need to have a strong fundamentals in fluid mechanics and constantly try to apply the concepts of fluid mechanics into petroleum engineering. 

Doan: Students need strong concentration when studying. They need to make sure they understand all of the concepts on the exam. When they study, they need to consistently study a topic until they have a strong understanding of it.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Student- Exclusive School of PE Features

School of PE offers tons of amazing features to help prepare students for NCEES exams. Our goal is to help our students pass their exams, and we are always striving to make every student’s learning experience the best it can be. 

Ever wonder what features are exclusively available for School of PE students? Well, the list is very long, but we have listed our favorites below: 

Advanced Student Learning Center Capabilities 

Our student learning center offers many advanced capabilities in order to provide our students with a great experience. Our student learning center offers the ability to: 

· Bookmark time stamps by making notes to easily return to a section of a video later
· Fast forward or rewind 30 seconds at the click of a button
· Continually watch videos without closing any windows when a lecture is finished
· Bookmark video lectures to sort out videos to focus on
· View the percentage of the lecture watched for each video
· And do so much more!

Refresher Notes 

School of PE’s refresher notes are strategically prepared by our instructors. The notes are designed around NCEES’ exam specs and are great tool to review outside of the classroom. If you are taking a pencil and paper exam, such as the PE Civil exam, the refresher notes are perfect to take into your exam as reference materials. 

Practice Problems and Solutions 

Practice, Practice, Practice! Practicing problems is a proven strategy to improve exam scores. Our instructor-written practice problems and solution handouts can be downloaded from your student learning center. Instructors go over these files during class, so if you get stuck on a problem, they will show you how to solve it. It’s that easy! 

Practice Portal 

If the practice problem and solution files aren’t enough, we also provide our Practice Portal as a tool to practice problems with. Since our Practice Portal is brand-new, it is only available for FE students at this time but will soon be released to other courses. The Practice Portal closely mimics NCEES’ CBT experience, and offers a variety of topics students can choose to test their knowledge with. 

Instructor Accessibility 

All of our courses, including OnDemand, provide students access to ask questions to their instructors. Stuck on a practice problem or need something explained to you? Our instructors are there to help! 

Enticing, right? If you are looking for an exam review course to help prepare you for an NCEES exam, School of PE is the right choice. School of PE offers, FE, PE, SE, and FS/PS exam prep. Plus, School of PE’s pass rates are much higher than the national average. We guarantee that you will have a great learning experience with us!

Monday, 6 August 2018

Emerging Technologies for PE Civil Engineering

Technology is always evolving and advancing to better enhance productivity. Safety and productivity are extremely important in the engineering industry as engineers are equipped with the responsibility to keep everyone safe. As we approach the end of the decade, there are many new technologies emerging within the engineering field. 

Interested in what is currently being introduced into the field for PE Civil engineers? Check out a few of our favorite emerging technologies below: 

Drones 

What is that in the sky? Is it a bird? A plane? Neither! It’s a drone! Drones have emerged throughout the past few years as not only a leisure device but also have made their way into engineering and surveying projects. Drones can be used to survey a construction site, send images of nearly inaccessible points on a structure, and improve overall job-site safety.i 

Augmented Reality 

Augmented Reality (AR) has become increasingly popular in many fields and has made its way into the engineering field. Construction sites are an example of where AR can be implemented into modern-day engineering practices. Engineers who work in construction can scale a 3D model of the structure that is being built by using the technology, therefore improving awareness of the overall design. AR can also significantly improve site safety, increase overall profitability of a project, and give engineers the ability to effortlessly record building defects.ii 

Brick-Laying Robots 

As the robotics industry continually advances, those in the construction industry can take a breather, as robots can soon take over the time-consuming repetitive tasks such as brick-laying. Of course, the robots would need supervision to make sure nothing goes wrong, but this advancement of technology is a big step forward for the construction industry.iii 

3D Printing 

3D printing has been increasing in popularity throughout the last few years. For construction projects, 3D printing is starting to be used to build large structures such as buildings and bridges. As of now, the technology has allowed small residential houses and small office buildings to be constructed. A small pedestrian bridge was constructed in Spain in 2016 using 3D printing.iii 

Freezing Steel 

Exposing steel to extremely low temperatures (below −190 °C (−310 °F)), also known as cryogenic treatment, has emerged as a new strategy in improving steel durability. Exposing steel to extremely low temperatures is carried out by using liquid nitrogen. Cryogenic treatment can improve deterioration resistance and can also help eliminate any pre-existing residual stresses.iv 

With this exciting engineering technology emerging, now is a great time to go into the civil engineering field. To make the process of becoming a licensed civil engineer as smooth and as stress free as possible, School of PE offers an 84-hour PE Civil exam review course, which covers both the breadth and depth portions of the exam. Past PE Civil students have had great success with School of PE, as 90% of PE Civil students passed their exam in October 2017. 

What are you waiting for? Begin preparing for the PE Civil exam today! 

Prepare, Practice, Pass 
It’s that easy! 

References 

i Dillow, C. The Construction Industry Is in Love with Drones. Retrieved from 

ii Woyke, E. Augmented Reality Could Speed Up Construction Projects. Retrieved from 

iii 10 Construction Trends Shaping the Industry in 2016 and Beyond. Retrieved from 

iv Slatter, Tom & Thornton, R. (2016). Cryogenic Treatment of Engineering Materials. Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. 10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.09165-7.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Jump Start Your Engineering Career in Undergrad by Passing the FE Exam

As an exam review course provider, we often get asked about the best time to take the FE exam. Our answer: during senior year of college or very soon after graduating. Although some examinees may wait several years after graduating college to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, those who take the exam while in college have many advantages over those who wait. 

The main advantage college students have when taking the FE exam is that the information is very fresh in their minds. Many topics on the FE exam are based on concepts learned in undergraduate engineering classes. In fact, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) claims the FE exam “is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program.” If you take the FE exam around the completion of your undergrad career, you will most likely cut down on many hours of study time. Who wants to study hydraulics more than they really have to? 

Another advantage of taking the FE exam in college is to jump start your career. Those who take the FE exam as soon as possible will be able to get their Professional Engineering (PE) license earlier in their careers than those who wait. Technically by law, people can only refer to themselves as engineers once they have a PE license, and many engineering positions require a license. 

Higher salaries are typically a result of obtaining a PE license. According to NCEES’ website, “Salary studies show that as a P.E., you can expect to earn significantly more throughout your career.” 

We, at School of PE, want to help college students get a jump start in their professional careers. For those who are enrolled in an accredited university as a full-time student, School of PE offers a $300 undergraduate discount for FE exam review classes. We offer FE Chemical, FE Civil, FE Electrical, FE Environmental, FE Industrial and Systems, FE Mechanical, and FE Other (General) exam review courses. 

For more information regarding this discount, email info@schoolofpe.com.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Do Practice Exams Really Make Perfect for FE and PE NCEES Exams?

Everyone knows the saying, “practice makes perfect.” From practicing difficult engineering math equations to formulating strategic moves in chess, practice is scientifically proven to be an important factor for success. The act of practicing something seems simple enough, but psychology proves that there is a lot of science behind practicing. Why is practicing effective? And why should you do it? For engineers, why are FE practice exams or PE exam sample questions vital in preparing for NCEES exams? Practicing has been found to be one of the most effective techniques for studying as it improves cognitive functionality and reduces overall exam anxiety. 

Many studies have shown that periodically practicing after studying a specific subject is an effective exam preparation technique. After studying a subject or topic, a great way to test the obtained knowledge is by taking subject-based practice tests. If one struggles with the questions pertaining to the just-reviewed topic, the topic should be revisited until the concept is fully grasped. 

Practicing is an important step in preparing for an NCEES exam. Taking practice exams can reduce anxiety and increase confidence, which can help you pass your exam.
“When you time match people who study information over and over and over, and people who study and then test over and over and over, it’s the people who test who come out on top. It’s not a matter of how much or how long you study, it’s a matter of how you study,” Amanda Smith, a psychology graduate student at Tufts University, reported in an informational video about learning habits.i 

Repetitively repeating something actually alters the physical composition of your brain, according to performance coaches and TED-Ed speakers, Annie Bosler and Don Greene. Practicing something generates a build-up of myelin around the axons of the brain, which improves insulation. It is believed by scientists that the extra insulation increases the functionality of the axons, which makes the electrical signals in your brain move faster and recall information at a more rapid pace.ii

When evaluating practicing effects in accordance to academics and exam taking, practicing reduces anxiety and stress: two feelings that could be detrimental to exam scores. Practicing decreases anxiety both in the learning process and in the actual exam-taking process. Research has shown that anxiety has detrimental effects when it comes to taking exams. When experiencing anxiety, examinees typically have issues retrieving information.iii The reduction of anxiety co-aligns with the idea of self-efficacy; the more one practices, the more information he or she would retain. When individuals see themselves improving, their confidence will rise, and their anxiety will decrease. Stress inoculation theory can also be applied when evaluating practicing problems and exam performance. The theory states that when a person is exposed to small doses of a frightening experience, they eventually experience less fear and anxiety.

For those who are preparing for an FE or PE NCEES exam, practice problems are a great way to increase overall learning initiatives. School of PE has recently launched a new Practice Portal for FE review courses and is planning to expand the Practice Portal to PE review courses soon. The Practice Portal features a bank of practice problems for students to test their knowledge. The practice problems closely mimic NCEES’ computer-based test experience. At this time, School of PE students who enroll in our FE Chemical, FE Civil, FE Electrical, FE Environmental, FE Industrial and Systems, FE Mechanical, and FE Other exam review courses are provided the Practice Portal for free. Sign up for an exam review course and start practicing today!

Prepare, Practice, Pass
Anytime, Anywhere
It’s that easy!
References:

i Thomas, A., & Smith, A. (Researchers). Practice makes perfect: Learning by taking practice tests protects memory against stress [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDIqEui5mpQ

ii Bosler, A., & Greene, D. (Educators). How to Practice Effectively [Video File]. Retrieved from 

iii Nelson, J. M., & Harwood, H. (2011). Learning disabilities and anxiety: A meta-analysis. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44(1), 3–17. doi:10.1177/0022219409359939