The Engineering Team
Engineering, like most other professions in Canada, is regulated by provincial law. The role of regulation is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and to protect the environment. Some members of the Engineering Team must be licensed to practice their profession or trade, while others must have permission to use specific titles.
In Canada, members of the Engineering Team include: Engineers; Technologists; Technicians; and Tradespersons; all of which work closely with each other daily. This website is designed to help you learn about each of the engineering team members and to help you discover pathways to a broad spectrum of careers in the engineering and technology professions.
To practice professional engineering, use the title Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or use any job title or make any statement that implies you are permitted to practice professional engineering, requires legal permission through registration or a licence issued a provincial regulatory body. If you wish to offer professional engineering services, you must either:
- Be registered as a Professional Engineer with the province in which you intend to work
- Obtain a Limited Licence as an Engineering Licensee from the provincial regulatory body; or
- Work under the direct supervision of someone who is registered with one of Canada’s provincial regulatory bodies as a Professional Engineer or an Engineering Licensee.
Professional Engineers (P.Eng.) are required by law to assume professional responsibility for the design, research and development, commissioning, and field review of construction of engineering projects. P.Eng. develop appropriate solutions to engineering problems through innovative application of scientific and engineering principles. They develop and apply new technologies, promote advanced designs and design methods, and pioneer new engineering methods. Engineering Licensees (Eng.L.) may offer professional engineering services as above, within a limited scope of practice.
Technologists & Technicians
Certified Technicians and Technologists may offer non-regulated engineering and technical services directly to the public. They must, however, work under the supervision of a Professional Engineer when providing professional engineering services to an employer or the public. Registration as an AScT or CTech is required to perform some non-regulated engineering work.
To use the professional designations CET (Certified Engineering Technologist); AScT (Applied Science Technologist); CTech (Certified Technician); RET (Registered Engineering Technologist); and TP (technologue professionnel – Quebec only) you must have legal permission from the provincial regulatory body in the province in which you wish to work.
Certified Technologists apply theoretical and practical methods to design, plan, develop, test, manufacture, construct, install, commission, operate and maintain engineered products, processes, systems and services. Certified Technicians apply theoretical and practical methods to assist with the design, development, manufacturing, testing, construction, installation, commission, operation and maintenance of engineered products, processes, systems and services.