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I received OK PE based on examination in 1989.  The FE
requirement was waived. (Just like yourself, I
obtained B.S degree in 1970).  However, when I applied
for registration to some other states on reciprocity
rule, I was required to pass the FE examination! I sat
for it in 1996 and passed it in first attempt. It was
a tedious task, though.

P. Rajendran
Willbros Engineers, Inc.
Tulsa, OK

--- "Caldwell, Stan" <scaldwell(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Mark:
> Welcome to Texas!  PE licensing here has always been
> a particularly slow
> process.  This is because the emphasis has always
> been on profession
> experience, and especially on design experience.  I
> was licensed back in
> 1976.  At that time, the PE exam was optional and
> they actually sent me a
> letter recommending that I skip it.  All they cared
> about was how I had
> spent each and every hour since graduation in 1970. 
> You are correct about
> the documentation.  My SER ran at least 13 typed
> pages, accounting for my
> experience week by week.  Also, they want to read "I
> did", not "I
> participated in" or "I was involved in".  When Texas
> finally made the PE
> Exam mandatory several years later, they kept their
> traditional emphasis on
> experience.  A smart decision, in my opinion.  
> Eventually, I discovered that I could not get a PE
> in any other state by
> reciprocity, since I had not taken the PE Exam when
> I obtained my Texas PE
> license.  Thus, I took the PE Exam in April, 1989,
> exactly 20 years after
> taking the EIT Exam.  It was no big deal, but I
> would not recommend that
> others wait this long!
> The requirement for Firm Registration is less than a
> year old, and they are
> just beginning to enforce it.  As a "gatekeeping"
> process, the rules are
> much less restrictive than many other states.  The
> annual cost is only $75.
> Nevertheless, all firms must now be registered if
> they have any projects in
> Texas or are seeking any work here.
> One warning:  After you work here for a while, you
> might very well conclude
> that this is a much better place than wherever you
> are now (this is a common
> phenomenon).  Once you move to Dallas, you can
> anticipate that I will pester
> you relentlessly to join SEAoT!
> Best regards,
> Stan Caldwell, P.E. (in 6 states)
> Naturalized Texican in Dallas 
>   _____  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Baker [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 10:17 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Texican code
> Thank you Stan. We are in the process of obtaining
> TX licensing in
> anticipation of a TX project. We have a long term
> client with projects
> thru-out the U.S. and they are requiring our
> services in Dallas. I must say,
> TX license application requires a bit more detail
> than other states
> including detailed descriptions of past projects.
> They have an exceptional
> web site for the application process, you can even
> fill out the forms on
> line.
> Thank you for your response and your concern for the
> welfare of our office.
> Regards,
> Mark
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Caldwell,  <mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)> Stan 
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)' <mailto:'seaint(--nospam--at)'>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 11:48 AM
> Subject: RE: Texican code
> Mark:
> In Dallas, we use the UBC.  Most of Texas is UBC,
> except for the Gulf Coast,
> which is SBC.  Richardson is a suburb just north of
> Dallas.  It became the
> first US city to adopt IBC-2000 last year.
> I hope that you are already a licensed Texas PE, and
> that your firm has a
> Certification of Authority here.  Without both in
> hand, it is illegal under
> Texas law to even solicit work, much less do any.
> Best regards,
> Stan Caldwell in Dallas
>   _____  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark D. Baker
> [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 11:56 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Texican code
> This is for all you Texicans, what code is used in
> Dallas for commercial
> structures? UBC, IBC, BOCA....
> Mark

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