Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, Print (Hardcover)



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ISBN: 978-1-59126-414-9
Copyright: 2013
Page Count: 1,488
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • Michael R. Lindeburg, PE

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    Michael R. Lindeburg, PE, is one of the best-known authors of engineering textbooks and references. His books and courses have influenced millions of engineers around the world. Since 1975, he has authored over 40 engineering reference and exam preparation books. He has spent thousands of hours teaching engineering to students and practicing engineers. He holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial engineering from Stanford University.


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    Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 13th Edition, 13th Edition

    The NCEES PE Mechanical Exams are Open Book - You Will Want to Bring This Book Into the Exam

    Michael R. Lindeburg PE’s Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual (MERM13) is the definitive review manual for all three disciplines of the PE Mechanical Exam including HVAC and Refrigeration, Machine Design and Materials, and Thermal and Fluid Systems. PPI’s time-tested uses detailed instructional design to provide you with efficient and effective review that is always up-to-date to the latest exam specifications and codes. Tab the book and bring it with you on exam day, and use it as a desk reference throughout your career. 

    The Mechanical Engineering Reference Manual (MERM13) includes:

    • 76 chapters provide an in-depth review of NCEES Mechanical PE exam topics

    • Over 120 appendices containing essential support material

    • Over 375 clarifying example problems

    • Thousands of equations, figures, and tables

    • Industry-standard terminology and nomenclature

    • Equal support of U.S. customary and SI units


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    Customer Reviews (View All - 36)

    If you only buy one reference book, make it this one. Review by Amazon Customer
    This was my only reference besides the NCEES practice exam and I passed on the first try. I felt it had almost everything I needed. Enough background info to work unexpected problems, but not so much as to make information difficult to find.

    Over half of the other examinees had this book (or versions for other engineering disciplines) on their desks. (Posted on 2/8/2018)

    Five Stars Review by Amazon Customer
    Great book. I used it a TON during the PE exam. Passed the first time. (Posted on 2/8/2018)

    Here, this one, get this one. No seriously, stop shopping around and just get this one. Review by Amazon Customer
    I took the April 2017 Mechanical Engineering Thermal and Fluid Systems exam...and passed! This is THE book to get if you are planning on taking the PE exam. After reading several reviews, I decided that the price was worth it, so I bought the reference manual itself, along with the accompanying question and answer soft cover book. I spent about seven months reading through the entirety of the book and performing about 95% of the study problems. I stayed away from most of the questions that said that they would take at least an hour to solve since I thought they would be outside the realm of what I would have to do on the exam. Granted, they are good if you have the time. All-in-all I used about 400 pages of engineering paper working problems out.

    I only solved the problems in English units, primarily because I felt more comfortable with SI, so I figured it wouldn't be that big of a stretch to solve an SI based problem. I also did not work out the problems from the Plant Operations and Management section, but I did read through those chapters. They did expose me to many aspects of Mechanical Engineering that I had little to no experience with, so it was definitely worth it from a learning perspective.

    Some reviewers have said to skip over the first 13 chapters since they are just background skills, but I did go through them and learned a thing or two along the way.

    I did end up taking a few extra books with me to the exam, although it was wholly unnecessary. I also printed out a few engineering codes that I was able to find online, but again I didn't need any of those. I would have been fine bringing only this book and a calculator. I thought that the morning session was actually pretty straight forward. The afternoon session was a bit more challenging, but I finished both sections with 45 minutes to an hour left on the clock. The extensive study beforehand really paid off.

    While the book does a great job of giving you usable equations, I would not recommend relying on just finding a "plug and chug" solution to every problem. If you understand how systems actually work, you can solve every problem relatively quickly. If you find yourself using an erf function, you're probably overthinking the solution.

    Bottom line, if you want to pass the exam with style, get this book. (Posted on 2/8/2018)