Engineering is a complex field. The Texas Board of Professional Engineers (the “Board”) is tasked with licensing and regulating the field. Currently, Texas does not license by discipline. Instead, all engineers have a blanket “Professional Engineer” license. This isn’t true in all states.
Although Texas provides only a blanket license, many engineers specialize and must become and remain competent in those particular disciplines in which they choose to practice. What are the disciplines? The Board presently recognizes the following:
- Control Systems
- Electrical, Electronic, Computer, or Communications
- Engineering Sciences/General
- Fire Protection
- Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering
If it doesn’t fall under “other,” I would personally add “locomotive.”
We’ll discuss these disciplines in more detail in future posts.
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