Engineer vs engineer

Subject: Engineer vs engineer
From: Richard Lewis <tech44writer -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 08:31:29 -0700 (PDT)

I find that use of Engineer vs engineer depends on the level of importance assigned the engineer. I find that very top-down organizations are heavy into assigning high priority to just about everything - especially a federal gov agency. For example:

A non-federal government tech writer might write:

The janitor must empty the executive trash can at night.

In contrast, a federal government agency tech writer might write:

The Janitor must empty the Executive Trash Can at night.

Richard Lewis

eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com wrote:
While there is a difference in semantics between the capital letter
Engineer and the lower case engineer in discussions on this list and
elsewhere, realise that the distinction is not allowed or tolerated in all

In Quebec, according to law, the only people allowed to use the term/title
engineer are either members of the OIQ or Forestry Engineers. All others
are liable to prosecution and fines between 600 and 6000$. And that is
with or without qualification of the title engineer..

The OIQ had a judgement against Microsoft Canada over the title
"Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer" or M.C.S.E. Microsoft appealed, and
the judgement was against them.

The individual named in the case was spared a fine, but Microsoft was
found guilty of encouraging and promoting the false use of the title

Something to consider when handing out business cards containing possibly
controlled titles and designations in another jurisdiction...

Eric L. Dunn
Senior Technical Writer

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