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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted January 07 2011 - 08:54 AM

I will now be a licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer in the state of California.  Quite a sense of accomplishment and relief.



#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Mike O'Connell

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Posted January 07 2011 - 03:14 PM

Congrats - I passed the PE in Civil Engineering back in 1991 and understand the sense of relief.


Good luck!


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#3 of 18 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted January 07 2011 - 03:40 PM

Thanks Mike.  :)  You're right about the sense of relief!  Whew!



#4 of 18 OFFLINE   dmiller68

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Posted January 07 2011 - 04:02 PM

Congrats on passing!!


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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted January 07 2011 - 06:02 PM

Congrats!  I didn't pursue a PE, but I do remember that entire day of testing for the EIT (did pass that one).


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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted January 08 2011 - 12:34 AM

Congrats ! Its always a great feeling when you accomplish something you really want.


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#7 of 18 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted January 08 2011 - 01:10 AM

Thanks everyone!  I feel like a real engineer now. Posted Image



#8 of 18 OFFLINE   BrianW

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Posted January 08 2011 - 04:21 AM

Congrats, Robert!  That's a nice payoff for a lot of hard work.


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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted January 08 2011 - 04:40 AM

Congratulations!  I completely second Brian's comment as well, so start coming up with your "Dear Abbey" response now.



#10 of 18 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted January 08 2011 - 07:18 AM

Thanks Brian and Adam!  I was discussing that issue with my wife.  Anything that gets my stamp will be scrutinized very carefully.  In fact, I remember looking at a document at work that had been submitted by a consulting firm with an engineer's stamp on it.  The document contained an error, and the engineer admitted he was unaware of it (ie he hadn't looked at the page in question).  Very embarrassing for him, and a violation of professional ethics.  I worked too hard for this to let such a thing happen to me.



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Posted January 09 2011 - 11:13 AM

Congrats! I remember senior year in college when all my EE and ME and ChemE and CivE friends were talking about and stressing about the PE. I looked into it bit it's not relevant or oriented to my specialty of Optics. You've made a great professional achievement. I hope it brings further professional success.

#12 of 18 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted January 09 2011 - 12:31 PM

Thanks Dave! Posted Image



#13 of 18 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted January 09 2011 - 12:36 PM

Congrats! I'm one of those 'fake' ones, a Software Engineer =p


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#14 of 18 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted January 09 2011 - 12:40 PM

Hehe...I must say, I know much more about Mechanical Engineering now than I did coming out of school.



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Posted January 24 2011 - 02:09 AM

Congrats Robert. I remember setting through 2 days of testing for my RN. It is always a huge relief when all that you have worked for comes together. And

the sense of accomplishment never goes away.


Hehe...I must say, I know much more about Mechanical Engineering now than I did coming out of school.


I got a better understanding of what I learned in the class room too as I could apply it toward actual practice. When they are talking about it is one thing

but when you can actually see it in action that is another thing altogether.





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#16 of 18 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted January 24 2011 - 03:42 AM

Thanks, Parker.  I still have a feeling of euphoria.  My supervisor, who is a long time PE, tells me that my real engineering education begins with attaining the PE.  He also warns me about the professional responsibilities I now have.


One of the interesting things I discovered in taking the exam compared to college was the big difference in the units that are used.  My college textbooks liked to emphasize SI units.  The PE exam emphasizes English units.



#17 of 18 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted January 24 2011 - 06:20 AM

Congratulations, Robert!


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Posted January 24 2011 - 06:24 AM

Originally Posted by RobertR 


One of the interesting things I discovered in taking the exam compared to college was the big difference in the units that are used.  My college textbooks liked to emphasize SI units.  The PE exam emphasizes English units.


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