Welcome to our blog! I’m Dr. Tom, and I want to make this blog a place where the DTC Instructors and I can share not only the news about Dr. Tom’s Classroom, but also share insights on the Mechanical and Civil PE Exams, the world of mechanical and civil engineering, innovations in education and science, and, occasionally, wine-making.
"I passed on my first try - 51 years old, military veteran, and 29 years since I passed the EIT exam. I was getting nowhere trying to prepare on my own. I bought some references and materials and attempted to work through them, but my confidence suffered. I felt like I forgot what I learned as soon as I moved on to another topic. Dr. Tom helped me focus my efforts, cutting out things not likely to impact the test. I truly enjoyed Dr. Tom's online presence and encouragement. His approach built my confidence steadily from beginning to end. He is a gifted and enthusiastic teacher who comes alongside you with empathy and humor. I started a few weeks late in the 20-week thermal/fluids review course, but caught up without too much difficulty. Even if I hadn't passed, I was sure that my chances would be good with more effort using Dr. Tom's approach."
"I PASSED!!!! Your step by step course really did make all the difference! This was my third attempt at taking this thing. The first time I took an in-person study course, a lot of theory, not great with the problem practice. The second time I tried to study on my own...not good. And my third time I found you and your course! Thank you so much for everything! I took the April 2017 HVAC & Refrigeration exam. I used the EDC & PRN binders created through the course for almost every problem. I didn't even crack open the MERM accept for a couple random off the wall problems. The ASHRAE books also came in useful for a couple problems. But honestly your course and teaching method really made the difference for me! I knew I had to get all the "Low Hanging Fruit" and especially any problems that were "On the Ground, Rotting!” I followed your advice and made sure not to get stuck and did a first time through just scanning and picking up the problems I felt most comfortable answering first. Your class was really great because I felt like in every video, you genuinely and sincerely wanted to help us pass this test. Like all great teachers and mentors you made me not want to disappoint you, even though I’d never really talked with you directly. You are an excellent teacher and the course is one of the most reasonably priced course I could find and discovering that it was also so amazing was really a pleasant surprise. I think the new test format definitely helped me as well. There were no problems on the topics I new least about (dynamics, statics, machines) being an HVAC mechanical designer by trade. I think it reduced the breadth of knowledge that I needed to know to pass. Thanks Again!!! I will definitely recommend your course to others I know who are considering taking the test!"
“Dr. Tom's course had a solid plan and he was there with us every step of the way. By the time exam day came around, I was very prepared and I passed. The pressure has been lifted and I'm excited to move on with my career. I would recommend this course to any mechanical engineer who is serious about giving themselves the best chance possible to pass the P.E. exam.”
- Brian, PE, Taylor Machine Works, Starkville, Mississippi
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spring! Hey, we have flowers blooming here at DTC headquarters, so
we're calling it spring! And we're celebrating by having our first ever Course Giveaway! So get going and enter to Win a Free or Half-Price
Course by March 31. And Everyone who enters gets 5% off on a PE Review
Free Course Giveaway on April 1! ANNOUNCING THE FIRST EVER FREE COURSE GIVEAWAY AT Dr. Tom's Classroom!
On April 1, we will give away one free review course for the October
2017 Mechanical PE Exam. We will be posting details on how to register
for the giveaway very soon, so stay tuned. If you would like us to send
you that information when it becomes available, then please contact us
This Changes Everything! - New Specifications for ME PE Exam
Well, maybe not everything, but it does change a lot. On October 31, 2016, NCEES released new specifications for all three Mechanical PE Exams. These
new specs will result in major changes to the format of and topics
covered on each exam in April 2017 and beyond. The new specifications indicate that the
ME PE Exams for April 2017 will be follow a very different format from
past exams. There is no longer an AM Breadth Exam and a PM Depth Exam.
When you register with NCEES, you will choose one of three separate
exams that cover the old PM Exam areas:
Machine Design and Materials
Thermal and Fluids Systems
HVAC and Refrigeration
new specifications for each exam are divided into “Principles” and
“Applications” for each area, basically 50/50 of a total of 80
questions. However, it does appear, after reviewing at the new NCEES
Practice Exams, that the nature of the problems on the exam will not be
changing, just which problems will appear on which exams.
result, there are no longer any Statics, Dynamics, or Solids on the new
Thermal/Fluids or HVAC/Refrigeration Exams, and there are no Hydraulics,
Thermodynamics, Refrigeration, or HVAC on the new Machine Design and
I have posted a new video on YouTube explaining the changes that will result from the new specifications and giving my recommendations about which exam to choose.
The DTC team
and I are in the process of making the adjustments to our reviews that are
needed to meet these new specifications. Much of the current material in
the reviews will still be relevant, and the new materials will be added
to the course as soon as they are ready. So you can still sign up and
begin your review now, and you will have all the materials you
need for the new exam format on the April 2017
Exam. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact
us at email@example.com.
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The trip to the Circuit of the Americas for the Lone Star Grand Prix started with great promise with a pole position for the No. 67 Ford GT, but ended in disappointment when both cars suffered from contact on the track, the No. 66 in the first lap and the No. 67 halfway through the race. As a result, the No. 67 team goes into the last race of the season at Road Atlanta 11 points behind the leaders. It's going to be tough to beat those Corvettes, but this is the 10-hour Petit Le Mans and anything can happen.
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The Ford GTs raced at nearby Virginia International Raceway on Sunday, and the No. 66 car finished second, closing the gap with the Corvettes in the championship. The No. 67 had to start at the back because they switched tires, and still managed to finish fourth. A great showing with only two races to go. Next race - the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. One of the DTC staff attended the race and got this up close video of the Ford GTs' garage. An impressive engineering operation.
More and more people are trying to eat better and get more exercise. The problem with exercising is finding the time. Those who live in cities with public transportation, particularly buses, find themselves asking, "should I ride the bus today or take my bike?" Well, according to an article in the Huffington Post, you can now do both in Boston. A husband and wife, both attorneys, have equipped a bus with stationary bikes like you would find in a health club. The ride is typically 45 minutes, picking you up at home and taking you to your office. Cost is $30. So when your co-workers ask, "Did you take the bus or ride your bike?" your answer will be a startling "both."