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  • Collaborative Learning Community Center: The aim of the CMSCLCC is to tutor and mentor all Mathematics, Computer Science, Science, and Engineering scholarship recipients, Mathematics majors, and/or Computer Science majors who are enrolled in Mathematics and Computer Science courses. As students collaborate, the younger scholars will learn to be the best they can be from the examples set forth by our upper classmen.

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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: and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying:

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.

Last updated or reviewed on 8/27/14

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