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ESD Offering New Two-Hour Continuing Education Classes

SOUTHFIELD – Michigan engineers who want to enhance their personal and professional growth – or who need continuing education credits newly required to keep a Michigan Professional Engineer (PE) license – will want to check out new two-hour educational classes being offered by The Engineering Society of Detroit.

The courses cover a broad range of topics and are geared toward engineers and other technical professionals.

The courses are $50 per course for ESD members and $75 for non-members. There’s also a student rate of $25. Each course earns two hours of continuing education credit. A certificate of completion will be provided.

To register, visit this link, or call (248) 353-0735 to register by phone. For more information, contact Elana Shelef at eshelef@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 119.

The course schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 24: Water Matters
Presented by Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD, Retired Principal and Vice President, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
A class to identify what should concern us and what should encourage us, along with common misconceptions concerning water and insights into how we arrived at where we are today with our water resources, presented by someone who has worked on water projects in the United States, Latin America, and Canada for 40 years. Drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, and stormwater will be addressed, including some surprise information that isn’t often heard.

Wednesday, May 3: Fundamentals of Mass Reduction / Light Weighting Techniques
Presented by Dinesh C. Seksaria, PE, Principal/Consultant, Dinesh C. Seksaria PE PLLC
This presentation will provide an overview of the underlying and enabling science involved in the currently popular subject of “light weighting”. It is intended to help individuals (non-FEA/non-structural) in both engineering as well as some non-engineering functions to understand “what light weighting means, what is involved in doing it and how it is generally accomplished.” It is intended to help both new and experienced individuals with some technical background to get a better appreciation of this subject. Pertinent terminology will be defined and basic engineering concepts that influence weight and various methods for its reduction will be discussed. Other topics that will be covered include notions of loads, stresses and deflections along with concepts of strength and stiffness as they relate to material properties in relationship to weight. Also reviewed will be other critical material characteristics that must be considered in making the technical and economic choices involved in light weighting of mechanical structural elements of a product’s design.

Monday, May 8: The Zilwaukee Bridge: From the Beginning to the Present
Presented by Matthew J. Chynoweth, PE, Deputy Metro Region Engineer, Michigan Department of Transportation
This presentation will highlight the initial studies into the decision on construction of a high-level bridge for I-75 over the Saginaw River, including the various options, and challenges at the time. Once the decision was made on the construction of the post-tensioned concrete segmental option, there were many challenges associated with it, considering it was Michigan’s first construction experience of its type. The initial challenges in the design and construction will be chronicled, along with the construction failure in August of 1982, and the subsequent repairs to save the bridge. Some 30 years of operations will also be explored, including the major challenges of replacing the bearings as part of the 2013-2014 project.

Monday, May 15: System Modeling: Rigor for Medical, Construction and Other Engineering Activities
Presented by Michael J. Vinarcik, PE, FESD
Model Based Systems Engineering has been growing in popularity in aerospace, defense, automotive, and other industries. However, it has not been as widely adopted in medical, construction, and smaller-scale engineering activities. The increased rigor, speed, and consistency that MBSE brings to interface management, functional analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, and safety analysis allow engineers to detect defects sooner and improve the odds of program success. Learn how this transformative methodology can be applied to your projects.

Wednesday, May 24: Autonomous Vehicles – Roadway to the Future
Presented by Robert L. Neff, Marketing Director, Sales and Marketing Insight
What will our life be like with autonomous vehicles? Will it be the anticipated utopia or will there are new concerns that have to be considered? How will people regard this disrupting technology as it evolves? What does the future look like with autonomous vehicles? This presentation will include a brief history of automated vehicles and highways going back to 1925. The speaker was the technical leader for his company’s participation in the 1997 National Automated Highway Demonstration where autonomous vehicles were successfully demonstrated to be technologically feasible on a prototype-automated highway in San Diego.

Monday, June 5: Water Management Plans
Presented by Bill Gaines, Principal Engineer, Environmental Quality Office, Ford Motor Co.

Date To Be Determined: Cyber Security in Automotive Applications
Presented by Dr. Donald D. Price, PE, Technical Lead, EWCAP Group at United States Council for Automotive Research, LLC (USCAR)
Dr. Price will give an overview of cyber threats in automotive applications and discuss how automakers and their suppliers work collaboratively to assess whether a vehicle is robust against cyber security threats.

Date To Be Determined: Bringing Conservation to Cities
Presented by Dr. John H. Hartig, Refuge Manager, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
The story of how innovative public-private partnerships are making nature part of everyday urban life in the automobile capitals of the U.S. and Canada in an effort to inspire and develop the next generation of conservationists in urban areas because that is where 80 percent of U.S. and Canadian citizens live.

ESD Offering Engineering License Exam Prep

SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit will again offer its Professional Engineering licensing exam review and prep courses this winter, offering members and non-members alike more than 70 years of experience in getting engineers ready to pass the exam on the first try.

The courses can be taken to gain licensing, or a la carte to meet new state continuing education requirements for engineers. Continue reading ESD Offering Engineering License Exam Prep

Engineers: Maintain Your PE License With A La Carte Courses From ESD

SOUTHFIELD — Engineers who need continuing education hours can get them conveniently by taking PE licensing courses on an a la carte basis from The Engineering Society of Detroit.

Classes are available from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 25. Two four-hour classes are also available Saturday, Oct. 8.

All classes are held at ESD Headquarters in Southfield.

The instructor-led, three- or four-hour courses are taught by industry professionals. The cost is $75 for ESD members and $100 for non-members for the weeknight courses. The cost for courses Saturday, Oct. 8 is $100 for ESD members and $125 for non-members.

A Continuing Professional Development Activity Certificate of Completion will be provided along with a description of the program.

Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Fran Mahoney at fmahoney@esd.org or 248-353-0735, ext. 116. For questions, please contact Elana Shelef at eshelef@esd.org or 248-353-0735, ext. 119.

The schedule is:

Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Probability & Statistics (Probability Distributions; Regression and Curve Fitting; Measures of Central Tendencies and Dispersions; Expected Value in Decision Making)

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Fluid Mechanics I (Stress, Pressure and Viscosity; Manometers; Flow Characterization; Impulse-Momentum Principle; Dimensional Homogeneity); and Power & Rotating Machines I (Single Phase and Three Phase; Transmission and Distribution; Voltage Regulation; Motors and Generators; Power Factor)

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wastewater Collection & Treatment (Civil; Environmental; Biochemistry, Biology & Bacteriology; Wastewater Quantity and Quality; Treatment Equipment and Processes) 1 to 5 p.m., Fluid Mechanics; Pumps & Fans (Fluid Dynamics; Dimensional Analysis; Pumps and Piping Systems)

Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Fluid Mechanics II (Continuation of Class I: Stress, Pressure and Viscosity; Manometers; Flow Characterization; Impulse-Momentum Principle; Dimensional Homogeneity); and Power & Rotating Machines II (Continuation of Class I: Single Phase and Three Phase; Transmission and Distribution; Voltage Regulation; Motors and Generators; Power Factor)

Thursday, Oct. 13 – Engineering Economics (Analysis; Depreciation; Taxation; Estimation; Inflation)

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Electric Circuits (Voltage; Power; Energy; Elements; Circuits)

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Computational Tools (Spreadsheets; Algorithms and Flowcharts); and Electronics (Solid-State Fundamentals; Discrete Devices; Bias Circuits; Amplifiers; Instrumentation; Power Electronics)

Tuesday, Oct. 25 – Electromagnetic Fields (Maxwell Equations; Wave Propagation; Transmission Lines; Electromagnetic Compatibility)

Attention Engineers — Keep Your PE License With ESD Courses

SOUTHFIELD — Michigan is home to 10,538 registered professional engineers. New continuing education rules require them to take 30 hours of continuing education every two years to keep the PE designation. And The Engineering Society of Detroit is here to help them meet that requirement.

ESD offers nearly 50 different courses in various engineering disciplines. The instructor-led, three-hour and half-day courses are taught by indsutry professionals. Courses are held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and in the morning and afternoon, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m., on Saturdays.

All classes are held at ESD Headquarters in Southfield.

The cost is $75 per three-hour course and $100 per half-day course for ESD members, and $100 per three-hour course and $125 per half-day course for nonmembers.

Each course earns three or four hours of continuing education. A Continuing Professional Development Activity Certificate of Completion will be provided along with a description of the program.

Register online at http://www.esd.org, or contact Fran Mahoney at fmahoney@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 116.

The principles and practice of engineering course schedule is as follows:
* Saturday, Feb. 13: Morning, construction; afternoon, circuit analysis, dynamics and vibrations, and industrial hygiene.
* Saturday, Feb. 20: Morning, geotechnical and soil; afternoon, power electronics, thermodynamics, and site assessment and remediation.
* Saturday, Feb. 27: Morning, structures; afternoon, electromatnetic devices and rotating machines, HVAC, and landfills and solid waste.
* Saturday, March 5: Morning, drainage, floods and hydrology; afternoon, electric power transmission and distribution, and heat transfer.
* Saturday, March 12: Morning, transportation; afternoon, safety, machine design and air quality.
* Saturday, March 19: Morning, wastewater collection and treatment; afternoon, fluid mechanics, pumps and fans.

The fundamentals of engineering class schedule is as follows:
* Tuesday, Feb. 2: Statics; electric circuits.
* Thursday, Feb. 4: Statics; signals and systems.
* Tuesday, Feb. 9: Structure of matter; electric circuits.
* Thursday, Feb. 11: Structure of matter; signals and systems.
* Tuesday, Feb. 16: Ethics and professinoal practice.
* Wednesday, Feb. 17: Probability and statics.
* Tuesday, Feb. 23: Dynamics.
* Thursday, Feb. 25: Dynamics.
* Tuesday, March 1: Thermodynamics; digital systems.
* Thursday, March 3: Thermodynamics; digital systems.
* Tuesday, March 8: Mechanics of materials.
* Thursday, March 10: Mechanics of materials.
* Tuesday, March 15: Mathematics.
* Thursday, March 17: Mathematics.
* Tuesday, March 22: Mathematics.
* Thursday, March 24: Fluid mechanics.
* Tuesday, March 29: Fluid mechanics.
* Thursday, March 31: Engineering economics.
* Tuesday, April 5: Electric circuits.
* Thursday, April 7: Computational tools.

For more information on the Michigan PE continuing education requirements, visit this state link.

Last Chance To Register For ESD’s P.E. Exam Prep, Continuing Education

SOUTHFIELD — The Engineering Society of Detroit will again offer its proven Principles & Practice of Engineering (PE Part II) Exam Review Course this fall.

And this year, for the first time, current holders of the Professional Engineer designation in Michigan can take some of the courses à la carte to meet their continuing education requirements.

Classes begin Saturday, Aug. 29 at ESD Headquarters, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, in Southfield.

Civil engineering classes run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17. Mechanical, environmental and electrical power classes run from 1 to 5 p.m. (Note: There will be no class Saturday, Sept. 5 due to the Labor Day holiday.)

The next dates for the state PE exam are Oct. 30 and April 15.

Engineers who have their PE license enjoy higher salaries and faster career advancement, and become qualified to work independently as a consultant. And engineers can increase their chances of passing the PE exam by signing up for ESD’s review course. Since 1941, ESD has successfully prepared thousands of candidates for the PE licensing exam in a variety of disciplines. Participants learn in a small classroom setting from instructors who have first-hand knowledge of the course material.

The Principles & Practice of Engineering (PE) Part II Review Course consists of 28 hours of instruction, focusing on problem solving techniques needed for the Professional Engineers (Part II) Exam. The review courses presume that you have taken and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE I) Exam relevant to your discipline but need a “refresher” review of core topics for the PE Part II Exam. Participants will be provided with a comprehensive binder of instructor handouts for the course and to aid them during their exam.

The course costs $650 for ESD members and $850 for nonmembers — or, pay $749 by joining ESD at the $99 professional rate and receiving the member cost for the review course — a savings of more than $100!

The PE exam is an open-book test. For that reason, ESD strongly encourages participants to purchase the Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam in your discipline for the course. There are Reference Manuals for Civil Engineering, Electrical-Power, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

There are also additional study materials for specific sub-disciplines. Included in Civil Engineering are construction, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources and environmental control systems. Included in Mechanical Engineering are HVAC and refrigeration, mechanical systems and materials, and thermal and fluids systems.

For a complete list of the materials, visit http://ww2.esd.org/EDUCATION/PE-Reference.htm.

To receive a 15 percent discount on these materials, visit Professional Publications Inc. at this link. You must access the website by this link in order to receive the discount.

Register online at http://ww2.esd.org/EDUCATION/PE.htm or contact Fran Mahoney at fmahoney@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 116.

Also, current PEs can take ESD’s review course classes on an à la carte basis to satisfy state requirements. More than 20 different courses are available to choose from. The instructor-led, half-day courses are taught by academic and industry professionals.

Courses available include civil, electrical power, environmental and mechanical engineering, with a wide variety of subspecialties within those disciplines.

For a complete list of courses and dates, visit http://ww2.esd.org/EDUCATION/PE-CEH.htm

The cost of the à la carte courses is $100 per half-day course for members and $125 for non-members. Each course earns four hours of continuing education.

To register or for more information contact Fran Mahoney at fmahoney@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 116 or Elana Shelef at eshelef@esd.org or (248) 353-0735, ext. 119.

If inclement weather or another reason beyond our control causes the cancellation of a class, we will make our best effort to inform students, via e-mail and by phone, and the class will be rescheduled to a later date.

In compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, these courses are Equal Opportunity Programs. If you have special needs, let us know when registering for the class — or no later than two weeks before the scheduled course start date — and we will make reasonable efforts to provide accommodations.

We’re so confident in our classes that if you do not pass the state exam after taking our review course, you may attend the review course a second time for free, except for a small, $50 materials fee, within two years. This offer is contingent on available space in the class, so register early. These courses are designed as an aid to help you prepare for the exam, and are not meant to be a substitute for studying on your own. Significant personal effort is required.