Well, here we are, sitting right near the end of the year and wondering where the time has gone. Every day I look at my kids and they keep growing bigger and bigger. It's kind of the same thing happening to Civil Engineering Academy. Every time I turn around we are working on something new to grow.
Today I wanted to reflect on all the things that we've done here at Civil Engineering Academy over the past year and to see what's in store for 2020. I do this not only to help you see what we've been building and inform your of helpful resources and tools, but it provides an opportunity for me to reflect on what we have built and where we are going.
It's going to be fun.
Things We Launched
We launched a couple of things in 2019. The first that I wanted to share with people is that we were able to create a second volume of The Ultimate Civil FE Practice Exam that includes 110 questions and answers similar to the real exam. This might not seem like much, but when you try to hammer our 110 questions it can be tough. We were excited to launch that and we packaged it up with something even larger that we launched in 2019.
We always felt that helping students take and pass the civil FE exam was the next natural step into a resource that we could provide. So we gave birth to (ok, that sounds weird) - we officially launched, The Ultimate Civil FE Review Course! I was able to team up with my brother Mark Oakeson (who's a structural engineer) and we started to create modules and eventually video practice problems for the course. We also got our fellow team member, Jason Chao, involved in building our video problem library. Speaking of Jason, he's also part of things we added in 2019. Jason is our newest team member and does a great job of helping to create practice problems. Go check out his bio!
With over a year of preparation going into the course we officially launched it in August of 2019. It's been a fun journey to see that and help engineer's take and pass their civil FE exam.
Here are some highlights with what the course offers. More can be found on the homepage for the course:
We are excited to see that we've had 38 students go through the course already and it's been growing. If you are in the hunt to pass the civil FE exam then go check it out! We think you'll like it.
The third thing that we launched was our our podcast, The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast! Making this decision to launch this was a long and drawn out one but one day I just decided to take the plunge and go for it. Podcasts seem to be the new blogging and I thought it would be a fun way to share information on how to pass your FE, PE, and share great career advice that can take you from engineer to manager and beyond.
One of my goals with launching a podcast is to have more guests on. Not only those from the industry but those that have been recent test takers that could share their own journey to passing. Everyone has 'their journey' to pass the civil PE exam. Some took it once and it was a breeze. For others it took a few times and somehow they got over the hurdle to get over that and still pass. I just feel there's a story there with each person that could resonate with others and encourage them to pass.
I've shared my own story many times and I just think if others are willing to share that it would be fun to have them on. If that's you then shoot me an email at [email protected] and let's get the ball rolling! I'd love to have you one the show.
2020 and Beyond
Looking into the future we can see that eventually the civil PE exam will be going computer based testing (CBT) in 2023 - wither you like it or not. This means that it will become a CLOSED book test except for a new NCEES reference manual. The new reference manual will be large and similar in function to what the FE reference manual is today.
Knowing that this is on the horizon we want to prepare for it. We can see that it most likely will be just like the recently released CBT Chemical PE Exam which follows the following format:
With these changes we will adjust courses and exam appropriately. But for the most part civil engineering topics do not change much. You'll still be studying for the major categories so there isn't much to worry about there. If going CBT does have you considering how in the world are you going to pass without it being open book then I'd recommend trying to take it as soon as possible. Once it goes CBT it will not be open book. Doh!
Ok, so that's a change coming down the pipeline. Some things closer to home and to Civil Engineering Academy include making more depth modules related to each individual's depth exam. This is something that has been specifically requested. Although we feel our current course for the PE includes what you need to pass we know people want the assurance that they are getting everything covered at once. To help with that concern we will start making some depth modules in 2020 - which I think is pretty amazing.
We might look at create more exams too and making sure they are up to date and edited well. We really appreciate the feedback we've received on the exams and courses. If you ever have any I'm all ears. We want to make our material something you value and would love to share.
So that wraps up what we've launched in 2020 and what we see coming into 2021 and beyond. We are excited to continue to provide value to you and hope to do so throughout your journey of being a civil engineer. What do you want to see more of? What do you need help with? Let me know by emailing me at [email protected] or leave a comment below!
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