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Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology

Requirements for Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE)
in Texas for Graduates from Accredited Engineering Technology Programs


Prepared by Dr. Jorge Tito-Izquierdo, PE

The Engineering Technology Department has three programs accredited by ETAC/ABET, which are Structural Analysis/Design, Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technology and Fire Protection Engineering Technology. The Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) permits graduates from any one of these programs to become a Professional Engineer after complying with the following requisites:

  • Start the paperwork with TBPE. They will register you for the corresponding exam and notify about the documents needed.
  • Passing the 8-hour Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. The FE exam is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
  • Completing Eight (8) years of active practice in engineering work, of a character satisfactory to the TBPE, indicating that you are competent to be placed in responsible charge of such work.  Experience that is reviewed considered most acceptable for licensure purposes generally falls into one of two categories: design or analysis.  By asking yourself if you can describe your activity in terms such as "I calculated..., I designed..., I analyzed..., I recommended...," you can almost assure yourself that you are describing design and analysis.
  • Passing the 8-hour Principle and Practice examination in your discipline.  The PE exam is administered by NCEES
  • Passing the Texas Ethics of Engineering Exam.  This is an open book examination concerning the Texas Engineering Practice Act and the Board Rules.

Key Suggestions for ET Students and Graduates

  • Take the FE exam while you are a senior at UH-Downtown or soon after you graduate.  Passing the FE exam can benefit your career significantly.
  • Form a group of fellow students to review the topics of the FE Exam. Ask your professors questions!
  • Keep a careful record of all your engineering experience.  Keep copies of samples of engineering work that you have performed.  Make sure that your supervisors can certify your experience and that they are willing to serve as references.
  • Consider obtaining a Master's degree in engineering. 
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Last updated or reviewed on 10/3/13

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