SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit’s winter prep classes for taking the FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) and PE (Professional Engineer) exams are a great deal — they cost far less than many competing online classes, and they offer the kind of personal interaction you can only get in a classroom setting.
Take Brian Sarkella’s word for it.
Sarkella, of New Hudson, took last fall’s PE exam preparation class at ESD’s Southfield offices, and passed the PE exam in October on his first try.
“It was a great starting point for the topics covered in each area of the exam,” Sarkella says of the ESD course. “I would absolutely recommend it because of how helpful it was. I think the instructors were very knowledgeable in their areas, and gave us a lot of good insight on what would be in the exam and what topics to cover when you’re studying.”
Sarkella got a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lawrence Technological University in 2009, when he passed the FE exam. He’s now an assistant project engineer with Flint-based Rowe Professional Services Co., where he works on local and state transportation projects like roads and bridges.
Since 1941, ESD has successfully helped thousands of engineers prepare for the state licensing exam in a variety of disciplines ranging from civil and environmental to mechanical and electrical engineering. Students learn in a small classroom setting from instructors who have first-hand knowledge of the course material. ESD’s 70-plus years of experience will help participants pass the state exam on the first try.
PE license holders enjoy faster career advancement, boost the market value of their services, become qualified to work independently as a consulting engineer, and earn prestige and peer recognition.
To register, contact Fran Mahoney at (248) 353-0735, ext. 116.
All classes are held at ESD headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, in Southfield.
The schedule for the courses is:
FE (Part I) Review Courses, Feb. 3 – April 9
The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Part I Review Course provides 84 hours of instruction in engineering fundamentals for candidates planning to take Part I of the Professional Engineers Exam.
Sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays, morning or afternoon depending on discipline — civil from Feb. 14 through March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and mechanical from Feb. 14 through March 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The cost of the FE Review Course is $719. Save money by becoming an ESD Professional Member and attend the course for one low price of $818. The non-member rate is $879.
Visit http://www.ncees.org to get information on the dates for the new FE CBT Exam and how to register.
PE (Part II) Review Courses, Feb. 14 – March 28
The Principles & Practice of Engineering (PE) Part II Review Courses consists of 28 hours of instruction, on seven half-day Saturday sessions, focusing on problem solving techniques needed for the Professional Engineers (Part II) exam. Specialties covered in the review include civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical. Chemical engineering may be available as well; call for details.
The PE review course is $619 for ESD members. There’s also a special offer of joining ESD and taking the course for one price of $718. The non-member rate is $779.
Textbooks are not included in the fees. Students receive a 15 percent discount on materials specific to ESD’s courses by ordering direct from Professional Publications.
ESD’s Review Courses feature expert professional instructors, practice problems and performance analysis. They’re highly rated by former students. And we’re so confident that participants will pass the state licensing exam on the first try that if they don’t — they can take the course again free (with only a small fee for materials).
To obtain an application or to register for the State Exam, contact the Engineering and Land Surveying Examination Services (ELSES) — a division of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) — at:
P.O. Box 1687
280 Seneca Creek Rd.
Clemson, SC 29633-1687
Registering for the ESD Review Course does not register you with the State of Michigan for the exam. Each participant must register with the state directly. The date of the exam is April 17. For the deadline to register, contact NCEES.