Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication

Subject: Re: Post on Technical Writing vs. Technical Communication
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2012 23:23:54 -0700

On 4/4/2012 3:15 PM, Peter Neilson wrote:

Here's how it is in North Carolina :-

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North Carolina General Statutes  89C-23 Unlawful to practice engineering or land surveying without licensure; unlawful use of title or terms; penalties; Attorney General to be legal adviser

Any person who shall practice, or offer to practice, engineering or land surveying in this State without first being licensed in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, or any person, firm, partnership, organization, association, corporation, or other entity using or employing the words "engineer" or "engineering" or "professional engineer" or "professional engineering" or "land surveyor" or "land surveying," or any modification or derivative of those words in its name or form of business or activity except as licensed under this Chapter or in pursuit of activities exempted by this Chapter ...
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You cannot call yourself an engineer in NC without a license.

That chapter applies to "Engineering and Land Surveying," as in professional engineering, which is not IT engineering or any other form of non-professional engineering. The statute is directed to those who hold themselves out to be professional engineers. The statute does not prevent any company from using "engineer" in a job title.

The definitions that apply to the statute define "engineer."

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_89C/GS_89C-3.html.
 89Câ3. Definitions.

The following definitions apply in this Chapter:
...
(2) Engineer. â A person who, by reason of special knowledge and use of the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, acquired by engineering education and engineering experience, is qualified to practice engineering.

There are IT "engineering" jobs in NC.

http://www.careerbuilder.com/Jobseeker/Jobs/JobResults.aspx?tally=Category+Navigator+Selected&IPath=ILKGV&sc_cmp1=js_navg_nvjtl&nvjtl=%22JN008%22&APath=2.31.0.0.0&excrit=freeLoc%3dnc%3bQID%3dA6659203147677%3bst%3dA%3buse%3dALL%3brawWords%3dengineer%3bCID%3dUS%3bSID%3dNC%3bTID%3d0%3bENR%3dNO%3bDTP%3dDRNS%3bYDI%3dYES%3bIND%3dALL%3bPDQ%3dAll%3bPDQ%3dAll%3bPAYL%3d0%3bPAYH%3dGT120%3bPOY%3dNO%3bETD%3dALL%3bRE%3dALL%3bMGT%3dDC%3bSUP%3dDC%3bFRE%3d30%3bCHL%3dAL%3bQS%3dSID_UNKNOWN%3bSS%3dNO%3bTITL%3d0%3bRAD%3d30%3bJQT%3dRAD%3bJDV%3dFalse%3bHost%3dUS%3bMaxLowExp%3d-1%3bRecsPerPage%3d25
(http://tinyurl.com/6swql54)

There are over 1,600 jobs in NC with "engineer" in the title or job description.
http://www.careerbuilder.com/Jobseeker/Jobs/JobResults.aspx?SB%3Asbkw=engineer&SB%3As_freeloc=nc&SB%3Asbfr=30&tally=&sbsbmt=Find+Jobs+%C2%BB&cid=US&excrit=freeLoc%3Dnc%3BQID%3DA6659203147677%3Bst%3DA%3Buse%3DALL%3BrawWords%3Dengineer%3BCID%3DUS%3BSID%3DNC%3BTID%3D0%3BENR%3DNO%3BDTP%3DDRNS%3BYDI%3DYES%3BIND%3DALL%3BPDQ%3DAll%3BPDQ%3DAll%3BPAYL%3D0%3BPAYH%3DGT120%3BPOY%3DNO%3BETD%3DALL%3BRE%3DALL%3BMGT%3DDC%3BSUP%3DDC%3BFRE%3D30%3BCHL%3DAL%3BQS%3DSID_UNKNOWN%3BSS%3DNO%3BTITL%3D0%3BRAD%3D30%3BJQT%3DRAD%3BJDV%3DFalse%3BHost%3DUS%3BMaxLowExp%3D-1%3BRecsPerPage%3D25%3BNVJTL%3D%22JN008%22&IPath=ILKGV
(http://tinyurl.com/7xhgdmf)

All of the non-professional engineer jobs qualify the word "engineer" and do not lead anyone to believe the job is for a professional engineer.



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