Over the last five years, there have been 800 complaints on the misuse of the word “engineer” in Texas, according to an April 15 report published by the American Statesman.
One complaint in particular has resulted in the Texas state engineering board demanding that a car shop, Tire Engineers, stop using the term “engineer” in its company name.
The company is arguing that there was no intent, nor is there any risk in confusing consumers as to the nature of their business by using the term.
The Texas engineering board has a history of fighting with other companies over the usage of the term. For instance, the board went to court against a high-tech company over some of their employees being called “software engineers.” The board also stopped a Houston company from using the term “welding engineers” on their website.
According to the report, 10 of the 12 states Tire Engineers operates in have said it may use its name. Mississippi is still deciding and Texas is fighting the company in court.
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