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Engineers who move to Texas and considering licenses, must have earned accredited education, performed certain levels of engineering work experience, and passed specific examinations

For those who responded to my previous post about moving to Texas, my advice to them first, is to visit the Texas Board of Professional Engineers web site for more information about the three basic categories of requirements that must be met for licensure: Education, Examinations and Experience.

In Texas, “only duly licensed persons may legally perform, or offer to perform engineering services for the public”. “The terms “P.E.” or “professional engineer” can only be used by persons who are currently licensed”. To know if you are eligible to apply for Texas engineering license, read see below:

Education
You must have earned accredited degree, or BS  an EAC/ABET accredited degree or  “Board-approved” Bachelor’s degree in mathematical, physical, or engineering. Foreign degrees must have a “Foreign Credential Evaluation and must be in English.

Examinations

You must pass the “Texas Ethics of Engineering Exam” which should be submitted with a license application. Make sure you are  qualify for “waivers of “Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination”.  The FE exam is an “NCEES test. “The PE examination is an 8-hour test and is given twice a year at several locations in Texas”.

Experience requirement

In general, you must have a minimum of 4 years of active practice if you have an accredited degree. You must have a minimum of 8 years of engineering practice if you have non accredited  degree. Your should have design or analysis experience.

Documentation
Work experience document should include your work detail. Actually very detailed information including all the engineering activities that you personally performed. The information should be written in a “Supplementary Experience Record (SER)” that will be submitted with your application for licensure. In addition to the SERs, you are “required to submit confidential reference statements”  from currently PE engineers.

More information about both PE and FE exams and detailed procedures, can be found here.

 

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