The Texas Board of Professional Engineers is proud to announce the sponsorship of the senior level engineering categories at the 2015 Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF). As part of our eWeek activities and focus on encouraging STEM careers, TBPE will also be awarding the first annual TBPE Future Engineers Award to exceptional projects demonstrating the principles and practice of engineering. Board members and staff will be special awards judges at the fair in San Antonio on March 26-29, 2015. https://www.txsef.org
Science Fair Judges Needed: The TXSEF needs qualified judges and would like to invite all interested Texas PEs to register to help out. Go to https://www.txsef.org and click on “Judge” for more info and to sign up!
WHEN IS A PE REQUIRED ON A BUILDING PROJECT? TBPE developed a flowchart to determine if a Professional Engineer is required when a Texas project involves the design, erection, construction, enlargement, alteration, repair of, or the creation of plans and specs for a building. Use this one page diagrammatic to make sure your project is in compliance with the Texas Engineering Practice Act. It is a great reference for engineers, plan reviewers, city and county officials, and owners.
ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS FOR UTILITY AND TELEPHONE PROJECTS - At its February 2015 Board meeting, TBPE approved Policy Advisory Opinion #37 (PAO) concerning utility and telephone company exemptions and requirements for providing engineering plans for construction in cities and other jurisdictions. The full text of PAO #37 and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are located at: http://engineers.texas.gov/policy.htm#pao37
CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECK - Do it now! Don't wait. You will not be able to renew until the Criminal History Record Check requirement has been met. A data file is sent daily to our agency which identifies those who have completed this check. Refer to the linked page for frequently asked questions, links to registration, forms and updated information as it is available.
2015 NCEES Exam Information - The next NCEES PE exams are April 17-18, 2015. PE exam registration is now open. The PE Exam registration deadline was February 19, 2015. The next PE exams will be October 30 and 31st. Registration for the FE exam is open year-round.
NCEES Exam Registration Site
EMERGING ENGINEERS AND SURVEYORS GROUP - This group is being launched by NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying). The group will connect young engineers and surveyors with NCEES decision makers to provide feedback and discuss topics concerning the licensure process and discuss topics relevant to the future of the engineering and surveying professions. The deadline is April 1, 2015.
Go to http://ncees.org/licensure/emerging/ for more information.
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - Read the latest developments in the newly-created examination and industry trends.
TECHNICAL EXPERTS - The Board needs your help! Refer to the linked page for additional information.