Editor’s Note: One of the ongoing challenges that APEGGA’s
Compliance Department faces is the need to register members
within large corporations. Syncrude Canada Ltd. has taken
an initiative to ensure employees who practice the professions
are, in fact, licensed. This effort is applauded and supported
by the Compliance Department. APEGGA asked Syncrude to share
the guidelines the company created to support this initiative,
because they provide a good template for other companies
who want to ensure engineers and geoscientists are working
within the requirements of the Engineering, Geological and
Geophysical Professions Act. The gist of these guidelines
is printed here, with Syncrude’s permission.
As required by the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical
Professions Act, in order to practice engineering , geology
or geophysics, Syncrude employees must be registered professionals
with APEGGA. Only registered professionals can hold a position
or have a business card containing the word “engineer,” “geologist” or “geophysicist.” Syncrude
employees who will eventually practice engineering, geology
or geophysics must apply for registration in APEGGA while
working towards registration as a professional member.
Syncrude will pay the annual fee for professional members,
since this is a required designation for all those practicing
in these disciplines. Employees unsuccessful in becoming
registered professionals with APEGGA will have their salary
managed back to a level consistent with supervised work,
or they will be transferred to a position consistent with
their qualifications, or both.
Jim Carter, P.Eng., centre, the chief operating officer and president of
Syncrude Canada Ltd., and his wife, Lorraine Bray, left, visit with APEGGA
President Mike Smyth, P.Eng., during the recent President's Visit to Fort
Professional members must review all plans, specifications,
reports and documents of a professional nature that members-in-training,
examination candidates, students or engineering technologists
prepare, and must assume professional responsibility for
Syncrude will attempt to place employees who are unsuccessful
in becoming registered as professional members with APEGGA
in a position consistent with their qualifications.
EMPLOYEES IN CURRENT POSITIONS
Employees who hold positions where the practice of engineering,
geology or geophysics is expected must apply for registration
with APEGGA and become registered professional members.
Engineering, geology or geophysics graduates who are not
practicing engineering, geology or geophysics are not required
to be registered professionals with APEGGA, although they
are encouraged to do so.
TRANSFER OF EMPLOYEES
Employees transferring to positions where the practice of
engineering, geology or geophysics is expected must apply
for registration with APEGGA and become registered professional
NEW HIRES – EXPERIENCED
Offers of employment for positions where the practice of
engineering, geology or geophysics is expected will state
that the new hire must apply for registration with APEGGA
and become a registered professional member.
NEW HIRES – GRADUATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Offers of employment for new engineering, geology or geophysics
graduates will include a requirement to apply for registration
with APEGGA as a member-in-training. After four years of
relevant work experience, new graduates are normally promoted
to the appropriate level, in addition to being eligible
to become a registered professional with APEGGA.
Employees who cannot acquire registered professional membership
status with APEGGA at this time will have the scope of their
Engineering, geology or geophysics graduates who are in management
positions, including team leaders and executives, are encouraged
to apply for registration with APEGGA and become registered