Power Reference Manual for the Electrical and Computer PE Exam, Print



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ISBN: 978-1-59126-502-3
Copyright: 2016
Page Count: 864
Format: Hardcover
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • John A. Camara, PE

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    John A. Camara, has authored 14 books on Electrical and Computer PE, Nuclear PE, and FE exam preparation, and he has enabled thousands of students and professionals to pass their engineering exams. He is a retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and is currently a technical fellow with The Boeing Company. Mr. Camara received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer engineering/materials science from the University of California at Davis and his master of science degree in space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology.


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    Power Reference Manual for the Electrical and Computer PE Exam, Print, 2nd Edition

    The NCEES PE Electrical Power Exam is Open Book - You Will Want to Bring This Book Into the Exam 

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    • Over 40 appendices containing essential support material

    • Over 500 clarifying examples

    • Thousands of equations, hundreds of figures, and a wide range of table

    • Industry-standard terminology and nomenclature

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

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    Customer Reviews (View All - 25)

    Good General Guidebook Review by Amazon.com Customer
    We have done projects in the power field in Central Asia and I have been looking for a simple reference guide. This is the perfect general guide for our office. It is easy enough for us as laymen to read, and comprehensive enough to support our decisions. (Posted on 5/2/2016)

    Expensive but a very good reference book that will be worth it in the long run Review by Amazon.com Customer
    Expensive, yes, but likely worth it. This is a reference manual for EE folks studying for the PE exam. It isn't a study guide; practice tests and study guides are something else you'd want to purchase when studying for the exam. All in all it can get fairly pricey, but this is for something that should have a big influence on your income and it is likely worthwhile to increase your chances of passing the test on the first try. Because it is such a small audience, there really isn't a comparable substitute.

    I still use my PPI reference manual I used during my PE two decades ago, so I would expect this one to have the same utility. You study hard for the exam and get to know the manual very well, so after the exam, you still know where to go to get the formula or definition you need. This book could be in your library for a long time.

    For each topic, there is a text summary supported by ample pictures and diagrams. Real-estate-wise, it is about 50% text and 50% diagrams/tables. That works well for me as I'll use the pictures to find what I'm looking for as often as I use the text. The explanations are clear and concise and both the text and diagrams are used to convey the information efficiently.

    You won't learn the topics from this book; there is just too much to do that. It has just the key information and summaries that you will need for the exam.

    You can "see inside" to see what's inside, but I'll share my version of the overview.
    One of the largest sections is just the math, but that is a misnomer as it also includes some physics. It covers from algebra to differential equations plus computer numerical analysis and advanced topics like line integrals.

    The book then transitions to theoretical topics, such as electromagnetism, field theory, and circuit theory.

    After that it becomes a bit more applied looking at power generation and distribution and system analysis.

    Machinery, electronics, measurement, and materials are also covered.

    Softer topics include standards and practice, protection and safety, and codes and standards. (Posted on 5/2/2016)

    Magnificent reference manual Review by Amazon.com Customer
    This is a superbly produced reference manual for electrical and electronics engineering and covers the syllabus for the Electrical and Computer PE exam. It also comes at a superb price but you get what you pay for. What it is not is a study guide - there is a separate book of practice tests you can buy. This is an excellent place to go to brush up on stuff you are supposed to know already and it is comprehensive (enough that it could be almost your single working reference book). Unlike the similar manual for civil engineering, this book is less likely to go out of date when it comes to codes and standards - at least from the electrical side of things - there is a chapter on biomedical electrical engineering codes and I can well imagine that all kinds of bizarre code changes could pop up there.
    The chapters are organized 16 sections or topics.
    I Mathematics
    II Basic Theory
    III Field Theory
    IV Circuit Theory
    V Generation
    VI Distribution
    VII System Analysis
    VIII Protection and Safety
    IX Machinery and Devices
    X Electronics
    XI Special Applications
    XII Measurement and Instrumentation
    XIII Electrical Materials
    XIV Codes and Standards
    XV Professional Practice
    XVI Support Material
    Some of these sections are quite long - particularly mathematics with 15 chapters. (Of course all engineering requires some mathematics and electrical/electronic engineering needs more than other branches. How could you understand basic alternating current applications without knowledge of complex numbers, trigonometric and transcendental functions? It also helps to have a healthy dose of vectors, matrices, tensors, not to mention differential and integral calculus). The mathematics section alone would provide useful review &/or education for folks who are not actually engineers as it is so comprehensive.
    I am not going to list the chapters in each section. They are numerous and appropriate - trust me. The material in the chapters is clear, accurate and well presented in a terse kind of way and there are plenty of examples which are useful if you happen to draw a blank when staring at an equation without an example to give you context. (I don't have that problem but most people do and that gives ME a problem when I am trying to explain theory to others.)
    It is not for me to criticize the PE syllabus - it is what it is. Clearly, the sections on electrical engineering, generation, distribution and transmission are more comprehensive and "good to go" as none of the theory has really changed in a hundred years even if some of the technology and codes have changed. (I was a little surprised not to see discussion of contingency design somewhere - when new generation, load or transmission are added to the grid, it is important to ensure that the change does not blow up the grid and also that a single contingency (like a generation unit or a transmission line going down) does not cause a cascade of tripping and failures on the grid. Generally you design your network such that no single contingency causes a cascade of failures. Perhaps I missed discussion of this as I skimmed the material or perhaps that is too specialized to be required for the exam. All I remember from studying this is that Helmholtz came up with a pretty good way to analyze electrical flows across a network.). Now, electronics and computers are much more dynamic areas and have certainly changed immensely and continue to do so. The coverage of these topics in this book may be enough for the exam but probably will not cut it in advanced applications. Maybe quantum computing devices only exist in specialized labs today but it might be nice to have a little material here to give engineers a heads up for the future. (Likewise the cute list of SI prefixes inside the front cover could go beyond exa- for 10^18 - how about zetta- for 10^21 and yotta- for 10^21? We really are not all that far away from using those prefixes in real world applications.)
    Well, enough ranting for now. As I said this is a superbly produced and comprehensive reference manual. I love books like this - kind of reminds me of Abramowitz and Stegun's "Handbook of Mathematical Functions". (Posted on 5/2/2016)