RE: Skills vs education (was: Senior technical writer?)

Subject: RE: Skills vs education (was: Senior technical writer?)
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 12:50:18 -0400

Kevin wrote on 10/02/2006 11:31:25 AM:
> Engineers can become pros with only an engineering
> undergrad degree

Oh no they can't! While the rules vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction I
have yet to hear of any area in the world in which you can practice as or
claim to be a Professional Engineer with only a degree. And it doesn't
matter whether it's a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate.

You don't get to sign your name with P.Eng. (or Ing. in Quebec) or
professionally stamp documents until you've worked for a set amount of
time in the profession and you meet the Professional Engineering
organisations criteria. Even claiming Jr. status could result in
prosecution if you aren't actually working in a recognised field and a
member in good standing of the Professional Order.

Then, even once you gain the P.Eng. title, your work is subject to
judgement based on your experience. You can't gain professional status as
an electrical engineer and then stamp approval of structural plans. If you
want to change areas of expertise, you start over again at the bottom of
the ladder. Much as a Cardiologist can't just one day decide to work as an
Obstetrician or Dermatologist.

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer
B.Eng. Mechanical


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