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General Information About the Texas Board of Professional Engineers

What We Do
The Board’s role in the protection of the public is to license qualified engineers, enforce the Texas Engineering Practice Act, and to regulate the practice of professional engineering in Texas. Currently, more than 49,000 licensed engineers offer engineering services in 27 engineering disciplines. The Board handles over 750 enforcement cases per year, and provides a system of rules and regulations for the ethical and acceptable practice of professional engineering.

Agency Mission Statement
The mission of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (Board) is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people in Texas by ensuring that the practice of engineering in the state is carried out only by those persons who are proven to be qualified and by regulating the practice of Professional Engineering in Texas.

Agency Philosophy
The Board will continue to act in accordance with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, and efficiency in the licensing and regulatory processes. We will continue to clearly define the parameters of the engineering profession where we have the statutory authority to exercise our mandate on behalf of the public trust, and will limit our actions only to those parameters. As an agency dedicated to establishing and maintaining individual professional responsibility among the regulated engineering community, we will continue to provide the ethical and legal framework from which engineers provide their services to the public.

Agency Overview
The Board is a small state agency responsible for the implementation of the Texas Engineering Practice Act. The agency was created in 1937 by the Forty-fifth Legislature, Regular Session, in the aftermath of the New London School explosion in which almost three hundred students and teachers were killed as a result of improperly designed mechanical and electrical devices. Texas Civil Statutes, Article 3271a (The Texas Engineering Practice Act or the (Act)) established a Board to regulate the practice of engineering through licensing and rules of practice. The Board that governs the agency is currently composed of six Professional Engineers and three public members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate for six-year staggered terms.

The public views the agency as that entity of state government responsible for the licensure of Professional Engineers and the regulation of the engineering profession in Texas. The engineering profession views it as a source of information concerning ethical and professional practice issues related to the practice of engineering.

Legal Authority
The objectives and strategies of this agency were previously authorized by Article 3271a, Vernon's Annotated Civil Texas Statutes, passed by the Legislature in 1937 and as amended in 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001. In 2003, the authority was incorporated into Texas statute in the Texas Occupation Code, title 6, Chapter 1001, and included in the Texas Administrative Code in Title 22, Part 6, Chapter 131. This statute is generally known as the Texas Engineering Practice Act. The Board is empowered under Subchapter E of the Act to make and enforce all rules and regulations and bylaws consistent with the Act as necessary to effectively administer the Act and to regulate the practice of engineering in Texas. The agency is currently participating in the Self-Directed Semi-Independent (SDSI) Project Act, that originated from the passage of Senate Bill 1438 during the 76th Legislature. This select program was originally implemented for a two-year period, but now has been extended until September 1, 2009.

 

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