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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Minutes, 1972-2001, 2005-2006,

Other records, 1937, 1952, 1980, 1983, 1996, undated,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Board of Professional Engineers:

An Inventory of Board of Professional Engineers Records at the Texas State Archives, 1937, 1952, 1972-2001, 2005-2006, undated



Overview

Creator: Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
Title: Board of Professional Engineers records
Dates: 1937, 1952, 1972-2001, 2005-2006, undated
Abstract: The Texas Board of Professional Engineers examines and licenses applicants as professional engineers, and enforces the rules and regulations established and defined by the Texas Engineering Practice Act; it also recognizes, prepares, and/or administers voluntary continuing education programs. These records consist of copies of minutes (plus attachments), the enabling act, an annual report, and press releases, dating 1937, 1952, 1972-2001, 2005-2006, and undated. The minutes extensively document the board's meeting activities, and are from regular quarterly meetings, special meetings of the board, and ad hoc committees. During its meetings, the board receives reports from the executive director and assistants, hears board members' activity reports, reviews correspondence, amends board rules, and issues orders. Orders include the revocation, suspension, or reinstatement of the licenses of registered professional engineers, and formal and informal reprimands of engineers who have violated board rules. Lists of the names of all approved and not approved applicants are included in the minutes. Minutes also include the monthly budget activity summaries of the agency.
Quantity: 2.5 cubic ft.
Language These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

In March 1937, a faulty gas connection caused a school explosion in New London, Texas that killed an estimated 298 people. Public pressure called for legislation to register engineers since it was believed that poor engineering had been at least partly to blame for the accident. The Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers was created by Senate Bill 74, 45th Legislature, Regular Session, in 1937. This law, named the Texas Engineering Practice Act, prohibited any person from practicing or offering to practice as an engineer unless licensed by the board.

The board continues to examine and license applicants as professional engineers and to enforce the rules and regulations established and defined by the act. The board has two certification levels: Engineer-in-Training and Registered Professional Engineer. The education and professional qualifications of applicants are examined through reviews of documents and records, by written and oral examinations as needed, and by the evaluation of reference statements. Graduates with approved engineering degrees are required to pass examinations and have four years of engineering experience, and graduates of other engineering-related programs must pass examinations and have eight years of engineering experience to obtain licenses.

Enforcement activities protect the public by eliminating unqualified practitioners and by ensuring the performance standards of those with licenses. Voluntary compliance programs are augmented by legal and license revocation proceedings, if necessary.

The board prepares a roster, published each biennium, of the names and places of business of all registered professional engineers. The board may recognize, prepare, or administer continuing education programs, but participation in the programs is voluntary.

The policy-making body of the agency is a nine-member board, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate for overlapping six-year terms. Each of the six professional engineer members must have been a U.S. citizen and a Texas resident for at least ten years before appointment and must have been engaged in the practice of the profession of engineering or in engineering teaching for at least ten years. Three members represent the general public. These are non-salaried positions, and members elect the chair.

In 1997, the name was changed to Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Currently, the board has the following committees: Audit Ad Hoc Committee, Enforcement Committee, General Issues Committee, Legislative Issues Committee, Licensing Committee, Licensing Waiver Review Committee, Nominating Committee, Policy Advisory Committee, Policy Advisory Opinion Committee, and Joint TBPE/TBAE (Texas Board of Professional Engineers/Texas Board of Architectural Examiners) Committee.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition, 2001; and agency website at http://www.tbpe.state.tx.us/index.htm, accessed October 2006.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers examines and licenses applicants as professional engineers, and enforces the rules and regulations established and defined by the Texas Engineering Practice Act; it also recognizes, prepares, and/or administers voluntary continuing education programs. These records consist of copies of minutes (plus attachments), the enabling act, an annual report, and press releases, dating 1937, 1952, 1972-2001, 2005-2006, and undated.

The minutes, dating 1972-2001, 2005-2006, extensively document the board's meeting activities, and are from regular quarterly meetings, special meetings of the board, and ad hoc committees. During its meetings, the board receives reports from the executive director and assistants, hears board members' activity reports, reviews correspondence, amends board rules, and issues orders. Orders include the revocation, suspension, or reinstatement of the licenses of registered professional engineers, and formal and informal reprimands of engineers who have violated board rules. The board's role in certifying engineers is reflected in the minutes. Much of the board's meeting time is taken up with the review of the educational and professional qualifications of applicants as the board examines documents and records, conducts written and oral examinations as needed, and evaluates reference statements. The minutes note the candidates at each meeting who make a personal appearance before the board to discuss the engineering experience claimed in their applications. At each meeting, the board grants permission to applicants to take the examination, rules on applications requiring special consideration, and approves or rejects the professional registration of applicants. Lists of the names of all approved and not approved applicants are included in the minutes. Minutes also include the monthly budget activity summaries of the agency.

Beginning in 1986, minutes of the Ad Hoc Committees are also included, filed in separate folders. The committees changed names over time, and include Ad Hoc Committees (by 1997 just called Committees) on Continuing Education; Geologist Registration; Legislative Affairs; Sealing Rules Interpretation; Professional Development; Oversight, Management and Facilities; Enforcement; Faculty Registration; North American Free Trade Agreement; Rules; Registration; Legislative and Government Affairs; Operations; Nominations; Professional Issues; Licensure; and General Issues.

Other records of the Board of Professional Engineers are listed separately, and include a printed copy of the original enabling act of 1937; a copy of the annual report to the Governor for 1952; three press releases dated 1980, 1983, and 1996; and an undated addendum to the board's rules.

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Organization of the Records

These records have been organized by State Archives staff into two series. Each of the series is further arranged by State Archives staff chronologically. Committee minutes are usually grouped together after one year's board minutes. The series are:
Minutes, 1972-2001, 2005-2006, 2.5 cubic ft.
Other records, 1937, 1952, 1980, 1983, 1996, undated, fractional

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.
Subjects:
Engineering--Texas--Examinations, questions, etc.
Engineering--Study and teaching--Law and legislation--Texas.
Engineering--Vocational guidance--Texas.
Engineers--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Engineers--1972-2001, 2005-2006.
Lists--Texas--Engineers--1972-2001, 2005-2006.
Reports--Texas--Engineers--1952, 1972-2001, 2005-2006.
Bills (legislative records)--Texas--Engineers--1937.
Press releases--Texas--Engineers--1980, 1983, 1996.
Functions:
Licensing engineers.
Certification of engineers.
Regulating engineers.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Legislature, Joint Committee to Investigate the New London Tragedy, 1937, fractional (RESTRICTED)
Texas Secretary of State, Rosters of Professional Engineers, 1963, 1965-1972, 1 cubic ft. (9 paperbound volumes) [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1980/157-95.]
Texas Board of Architectural Examiners, Records, 1937-2004, 11 cubic ft.
Publications
Roster of active registered professional engineers, Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. 1939-1962 are in the Texana collection of the Texas State Archives; 1963-1972 are in the archival holdings of the Texas State Archives; 1990-onward are in the Texas Documents Collection.
Annual reports of the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. 1963-1986 (with possible gaps) are in the Texas Documents Collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Board of Professional Engineers records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/108, 1999/024, 2000/029, 2001/038, 2004/173, 2005/189, 2006/177, 2006/383

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers on May 18, 1998; September 30, 1998; September 29, 1999; October 18, 2000; August 30, 2005; and July 7, 2006; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on June 23, 2004; and January 26, 2006.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, May 1998

Tony Black, August 2004, July 2006, October 2006

Accruals

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers regularly transfers copies of minutes to the Texas State Archives.

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers mounts electronic copies of its agenda and minutes, in PDF format, dating back to February 2002 (as of October 2006) on the agency web site (http://www.tbpe.state.tx.us/boardmeetings.htm).

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Minutes, 1972-2001, 2005-2006,
2.5 cubic ft.

Box
1998/108-1 Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Minutes, 1972-1997
Board, January 1972
Board, April 1972
Board, June 1972
Board, October 1972
Board, December 1972
Board, January 1973
Board, February 1973
Board, March 1973
[July 1973 missing]
Board, October 1973
Board, January 1974
[April, May, and June 1974 missing]
Board, July-August 1974
Board, September 1974
[April 1975 missing]
Board, July 1975
Board, October 1975
Board, November 1975
Board, January 1976-December 1977
[bound volume]:
January 1976
April 1976
July 1976
October 1976
January 1977
March 1977
June 1977
August 1977
[2 meetings]
September 1977
October 1977
Committees, November 1977
Committee, December 1977
Board, January 1978
Board, April 1978
Board, May 1978
Board, July 1978
Board, October 1978
Board, November 1978
Board, January 1979
[2 meetings]
Board, April 1979
Board, July 1979
Box
1998/108-2 Board, October 1979
Board, January 1980
Board, February 1980
Board, April 1980
Board, June 1980
Board, July 1980
Board, August 1980
Board, September 1980
Board, October 1980
Board, January 1981
Board, April 1981
Board, July 1981
Board, October 1981
Board, February 1982
Board, April 1982
Board, May 1982
Board, July 1982
Board, October 1982
Board, January 1983
Board, April 1983
Board, July 1983
Board, October 1983
Board, January 1984
Board, April 1984
Board, July 1984
Board, October 1984
Board, January 1985
Board, April 1985
Board, July 1985
Board, October 1985
Board, January 1986
Board, April 1986
Board, June 1986
Board, July 1986
Board, October 1986
Board, December 1986
Ad Hoc Committee on Law Revisions, April 1986
Ad Hoc Committee on Law Revisions, December 1986
Box
1998/108-3 Board, January 1987
Board, April 1987
Board, June 1987
Board, July 1987
Board, September-October 1987
Board, January 1988
Board, April 1988
Board, July 1988
Board, October 1988
Board, November 1988
Ad Hoc Committees, January and March 1988
Ad Hoc Committee on Rules Pertaining to Engineer Seals, November 1988
Board, January 1989
Board, April 1989
Board, July 1989
Board, October 1989
Ad Hoc Committees, January, March-April 1989
Ad Hoc Committees, July, September, December 1989
Board, January 1990
Board, April 1990
Board, July 1990
Board, October 1990
Ad Hoc Committees, January, March-May 1990
Ad Hoc Committees, July-August, November-December 1990
Board, January 1991
Board, April 1991
Board, August 1991
Board, September 1991
Board, October 1991
Ad Hoc Committees, February, June, August-September, November 1991
Board, January 1992
Board, April 1992
Board, July 1992
Board, December 1992
Ad Hoc Committees, February, April-June, September 1992
Box
1998/108-4 Board, January 1993
Board, April 1993
Board, July 1993
[2 meetings]
Board, October 1993
Board, November-December 1993
Ad Hoc Committees, January, May-August, October, December 1993
Board, January 1994
Board, April 1994
Board, June 1994
Board, October 1994
Ad Hoc Committees, April, September-November 1994
Board, January 1995
Board, April 1995
Board, June 1995
Board, October 1995
Ad Hoc Committees, January, April, and June 1995
Ad Hoc Committees, September, October, and December 1995
Board, January 1996
Board, April 17, 1996
Board, April 29, 1996
Board, June 1996
Board, October 1996
Ad Hoc Committees, January-April 1996
Ad Hoc Committees, June and October 1996
Board, January 1997
Board, April 1997
Board, June 1997
Board, August 1997
Committees, January-June 1997
Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Minutes, 1997-2001
Board, November 1997
Committees, September-November 1997
Board, February 1998
Board, March 1998
Board, June 1998
Board, September 1998
Board, November 1998
Committees, January-February 1998
Committees, June 1998
Committees, September 1998
Box
1998/108-5 Committees, November 1998
Board, February 1999
Board, June 1999
Board, September 1999
Board, October 1999
Board, December 1999
Committees, February 1999
Committees, June, September, and October 1999
Committees, December 1999
Board, January 2000
Board, March 2000
Board, June 2000
Board, December 2000
Committees, January 2000
Committees, March 2000
Committees, May 2000
Committees, June 2000
Board, March 2001
Box
1998/108-6 Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Minutes, 2005-2006
Board, January 2005
Committees, January 2005
Board of Professional Engineers/Board of Architectural Examiners: Joint Advisory Committee, January 2005
Board of Professional Engineers/Board of Architectural Examiners: Task Force of Joint Advisory Committee, February 2005
Board of Professional Engineers/Board of Architectural Examiners: Task Force of Joint Advisory Committee, March 2005
Board, November 2005
Committees, November 2005
Committees, January 2006
Committees, February 2006
Board, February 2006
Committees, March 2006
Committees, May 2006

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Other records, 1937, 1952, 1980, 1983, 1996, undated,
fractional

Box
2006 Accessions Box 3 (2006/177) Engineering Registration Act, 1937
Annual report to Governor for FY 1952, 1952
Press releases, 1980, 1983, 1996:
Box
2006 Accessions Box 3 (2006/177) November 1, 1980
July 22, 1983
November 18, 1996
Box
2006 Accessions Box 3 (2006/177) Addendum to Board Rules of Practice and Procedure, undated

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