In Texas, the role of a engineer is actually licensed – by law. The testing is now extending to software engineering as well. This means the legal use of terms like “engineer” and “engineered” are protected.
The new NCEES Software Engineering PE exam is ready and will be offered for the first time in April 2013. Everyone practicing software engineering in Texas is encouraged to register for the exam.
There has always been some concern about the cavalier way the term engineer is used – especially in the area of software. In many parts of the world, the boarders for these terms are more clear cut than in others. Having clear definitions should have a wide impact, especially in this world of XaaS and high job turnover.