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1 PE Exam Study Tips Amy Kaleita, PhD, PE Associate Professor, Land & Water Resources Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Iowa State University

2 Thanks to … Dr. Kelly Thorp, PETony Mensing, PEDr. Kendall DeJonge, PE Agricultural Engineer USDA-ARS Agricultural Engineer USDA-NRCS Agricultural Engineer USDA-ARS

3 In case you need more encouragement… Remember that the exam is a test of minimum engineering competency You can answer most of the questions Some because you know the material Some because you have good quantitative skills Some because you have good judgment

4 Reasons you might get this question right: You know pond design. You read the question and understand most of the elements. You look up “sediment delivery ratio” and then it clicks.

5 How on earth do I start studying? Review the list of topic areas Ask colleagues and former instructors about themes you’re not sure of. If your expertise were a house, consider the topics where Minor touch up or cosmetic work is needed Significant renovation is needed A whole new addition or gut job is needed Buy the calculator Gather your references What you already have Things you can borrow What you should buy

6 References: Two main schools of thought 1.There is no limit to the references allowed, so bring any and all possible references, just in case. 2.More references may just overwhelm you, so only bring the ones you are familiar with & that you used during studying

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8 References we used Amy (2013) PocketRef 2008 ASABE Standards Soil & Water Conservation Engineering Principles of Process Engineering Fundamentals of Electricity for Ag Shigley’s Mech Engr Design CE PE Reference Manual Engineering Principles of Ag Machines Light Ag & Industrial Structures Fluid Mechanics National Engr. Handbook Ch.4 Soils Ag Waste Management Handbook (excerpts) Tony (2012) Transport Processes (Geankopolis) MWPS-30 Sprinker Irrigation Systems Grain handling textbook MWPS-28 Farm Buildings Wiring Handbook 2004 ASAE Standards Design Hydrology & Sedimentology for Small Catchments MWPS-1 Structures & Environment Handbook Soil & Water Conservation Engineering Engineering Field Handbook Ch. 2 Kelly (2010) Engineering Principles of Agricultural Machines Pocket Ref (for units conversions) Soil and Water Conservation Engineering 2009 ASABE standards NRCS Soil and Water Engrg Field Handbook Civil Engineering PE Exam Ref. Manual Principles of Process Engineering - Henderson Applied Hydrology – Chow Mechanics of Materials – Hibbeler NRCS Ag Waste Management Field Handbook Fundamentals of Electricity in Agriculture Irrigation System Design – Cuenca Engineering Economic Analysis - Newnan Mechanical Measurements – Beckwith Min. Design Loads for Bldgs … Shigley's Mech Engr Design Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems - Gupta Mathematical Statistics – Miller Engine and Tractor Power - Goering NDS Design Values for Wood Construction Handbook of Hydraulics - Brater Introduction to Soil Physics - Hillel Fluid Power Circuits – Cundiff MWPS-Structures and Environment Handbook Design of Wood Structures - Breyer Agricultural Wiring Handbook Environment Control for Animals and Plants Transport Processes– Geankopolis FAO-56 crop evapotranspiration - Allen Kendall (2009) PocketRef 2005 ASAE Standards Civil Engineering PE Reference Manual Engineering Principles of Ag Machines (Srivastava) Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (Schwab) Hydrology & Hydraulics (Gupta) Principles of Process Engineering (Henderson) Fundamentals of Elec. For Ag (Gustafson) Min Design Loads for Bldgs (Hoffman) Design & Op of Farm Irrigation Systems Ag Waste Mgmt Field Handbook

9 Reference Highlights PocketRef ASABE Standards

10 Advice on references Bring them to the test in a wheeled suitcase References with a good index are WAY better than those with a poor index Be prepared to work in both unit systems

11 The purpose of studying Get your mind back to a place where some of those topics are familiar. Get to know your references. Remind yourself that you know and can do many things. Review core material. Learn some new things. Make a good set of notes.

12 Where to get study resources ASABE Webinars YouTube ASABE PEI Sample exam

13 Tips for test day Read all the test day material beforehand – site instructions, etc. Dress in layers Relax or don’t relax Don’t spend too much time on one problem Don’t write off problems – try to at least eliminate crazy answers Be awesome


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