I recently exercised my corporate spending privileges and acquired myself a plethora of study materials for the Electrical PE Power Exam. I’m not ready to take it just yet, of course, but I’ve decided to do what’s worked so well for me in the past: over-prepare.
Given my somewhat erratic employment history of late, I don’t think I even meet the requirements for the PE exam. My last company had no professional engineers to work under. There was in reality one, but not only was he a different discipline, he was a remote employee working over 600 miles away. I don’t think I can count much of the first two years of my professional life as experience in this regard. (Not that I’d really want to anyway… but that’s a story for previous times)
However, my current employer being the awesome place it is, not only has innumerable professional engineers on staff, but my team alone has (at least, and soon to be more than) five, all within a few feet of my desk. Oh yeah, just a couple are in electrical power. Plus, as I alluded to above, the company is more than willing to cover the cost of professional study materials, as well as courses, exam fees, and license renewals.
So, I’m in a pretty great situation. More than a few events in the last few months have compelled me toward taking the exam as soon as possible. I remember the FE– I can’t believe it was almost two years ago already. It was hell. In order to make the PE less awful, I’m going to start studying now. I gave myself three months to study for the FE and it seemed to be more than enough. The first PE exam I could take is likely October 2015. That’s over 14 months… I should be okay.
I’m so excited for this. Things are about to get real.