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Contact InformationFor information about requirements for admission to Engineering Technology degree programs, declaration of major, transferability of courses, and requirements for graduation, please contact:
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Room 738-N
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 221-8089
Fax: (713) 221-2712
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY DEGREE PLANS
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering Technology is offering the following degree programs:
LABORATORY SAFETY: GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES
Faculty, staff and student must abide by the of the following general lab safety guidelines when working in any ET lab:
- Closed-toe shoes must be worn in all laboratories. Sandals or open-toed shoes may not be worn and long hair must be tied-back. Employees and students should wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin surfaces.
- Personal, students and visitors must wear eye protection/hard hats/gloves as required within the lab.
- Students working in laboratories must be under the supervision of a faculty or appropriate staff member and only UHD employees, students and approved visitors are allowed in UHD laboratories.
- The safety guidelines must always be applied to any experiments being performed.
- There should be training on the location and the appropriate use of fire extinguishers, fire exits, evacuation routes and fire alarm pull stations by the Health and Safety Manager.
- There should be training on the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) available and how to use it appropriately by the Health and Safety Manager.
- Equipment must be in good working order before conducting any experiment.
- Equipment can only be used if the experimenter has appropriate training and may only be used as directed.
- Experiments that can be left safely unattended for any length of time must be properly identified with a posted sign that notifies the reader of the contact person, cell phone number, and any hazards or considerations of the experiment.
- Hazardous materials will be used with caution and only with proof of proper training.
- If an injury occurs in the lab that requires medical attention, call 911 or x8911 immediately. For all incidents please consult the Laboratory Emergency Notification List for specific notification requirements.
- All injuries or near misses must be reported to the ET office (N-738) immediately. A report of Safety/Health Hazard and Near Miss form will be completed. Students and visitors will also complete a Student/Visitor Accident Report.
For complete information on lab safety policies, please refer to the Engineering Technology Laboratory Safety Manual.
RESEARCH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
The department endeavors to sponsor and facilitate research in the fields of computer science and engineering technology. The following programs are some of our research endeavors:
Student organizations assists students with making the most out of their college experience. Please click on one of the links below to learn more about our student organizations.
the PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER EXAM
Preparation for registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas. To become a Professional Engineering in Texas, candidates must:
- Submit an application, transcripts and related documentation to the TBPE.
- Once approved by the TBPE, register for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
- Pass the 8-hour Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. The FE exam is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and testing sessions for the FE, PE and ethics exam are available in Houston.
- Complete eight years of active practice in engineering work.
- Apply to the TPBE for approval to take the Professional Engineering (PE ) and ethics exams and submit appropriate documentation. A flowchart of the PE licensure process may be found here.
- Once approved by the TPBE, register with NCESS for the PE exams.
- Pass the 8-hour Principle and Practice examination in your discipline and The Texas Ethics of Engineering Exam. The PE and ethics exams are administered by NCEES. The ethics exam is an open book examination concerning the Texas Engineering Practice Act and the Board Rules.
- Detailed information about the process including forms, check lists, application and registration links, etc. may be found on the TPBE website.
Other suggestions for Engineering Technology graduate and undergraduate students:
- 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.
- Talk with your faculty about FE and PE test preparation resources.
- Keep a careful record of all your engineering experience.
- Keep copies of samples of engineering work that you have performed.
- Work under the supervision of PE’s and make sure each is able to certify your experience. Also make sure that your supervisors are will to serve as references.
- Consider obtaining a Master's degree in engineering.
For more information on Professional Engineering Licensure in Texas, contact the Texas Board of Professional Engineers: www.tbpe.state.tx.us and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying: www.ncees.org.
Prepared by Dr. Jorge Tito-Izquierdo, PE
The Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) permits graduates from any ABET-ETAC accredited program to become a Professional Engineer after completing eight years of practice in the field, passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), Professional Engineering ( PE) and ethics examinations and providing appropriate documentation and professional references. The Control and Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Fire Protection Engineering Technology and Structural Analysis and Design programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Commission of ABET and graduates are thus eligible to become Professional Engineers in Texas under these guidelines.
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