BU Engineering Grads Top State Professional Exam

July 12, 1996

by Brenda Tacker

WACO, Texas - Baylor University engineering graduates taking the Texas Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in spring 1996 posted a 100 percent pass rate, according to figures released by the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

The board administers the examination for those seeking state registration as a Professional Engineer.

During the past five years, Baylor engineering graduates have earned a passing rate of 98 percent, which is the best in the State of Texas. Rice University is second for that time period with a 97 percent passing rate. The state average is 71 percent.

"In the State of Texas, you cannot use the title 'engineer' without being registered. Students who have graduated from an accredited program and who pass this exam become 'Engineers in Training'," said Dr. James D. Bargainer, dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science. "They must then complete four years of active practice in engineering work, and then pass a second exam to become registered. It is similar to other certification exams such as the bar exam and the CPA exam.

"This is a good reflection of the caliber of our graduates," Bargainer added. "All of our students who go on to industry, not including those who go on to graduate school full time, have jobs at graduation or soon after."

Baylor's engineering program is one of 17 programs in Texas with accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

For more information, contact Bargainer at (817) 755-3871.

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