Lecture 04 - Is Engineering a Profession …revisited A...

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Unformatted text preview: Is Engineering a Profession? …revisited A profession is… “ a vocation or occupation requiring advanced training in some liberal art or science, and usually involving mental rather than manual work, as teaching, engineering, writing, etc.; especially medicine, law or theology ” [2]. Characteristics of a Profession • skills based on theory • formal education (3+ years at university) • work experience • licensing process • professional association (membership fees) • standards of practice • code conduct or ethics • self-regulation • disciplinary procedures • continuing education requirements • evaluation process • spet training • public service Education Requirements Professional Experience Requirements Code of Ethics or Conduct Standards of Practice X Evaluation X Continuing Education Requirements some X Spet Designation X X based on: So…what’s the deal??? Standards of Practice • criteria against which professional practice can be measured • similarities with statutes and regulations • easier to change, quicker to implement • do engineers have standards of practice? Spet Designation • ‘expert’ in the field • requires further education/specialization • APEGBC Spet Designation program – must be P.Eng. with 6 – 7 years experience – proven commitment to CPD – complete additional requirements and exams – pay all fees and dues • PEO used to have Spet Designation, but removed it in the 1980’s [13] Consulting Engineer • designation awarded by PEO • must be P.Eng. with good standing • 5 years experience (beyond initial 4 yrs) • work primarily in independent practice – for last two years – 50% income from or 50% time on consulting • must hold Certificate of Authorization [14] Continuing Education...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ENGINEERIN Eng 4A03 taught by Professor Prescott during the Winter '08 term at McMaster University.

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Lecture 04 - Is Engineering a Profession …revisited A...

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