By Dave Todd, P.Eng.
APEGGA Director Compliance
Department, and the Enforcement Review Committee have been active during
the first quarter of 2000 with their program to improve the awareness
for the practice of engineering, and the meaning and proper use of the
Two full-page advertisements
were placed during National Engineering Week (March 4-11) supplements
to the Edmonton Journal and The Calgary Herald. Titled "
Integrity", "Accountability", "Responsibility", the advertisements, although
generic in nature, were specifically targeted at the proliferation of
title and practice violations in the computer industry. A similar ad was
published in the April 27 Edmonton Journal special report on technology.
In March, key administrators
from educational and training institutions in Alberta, who offer or have
the potential to offer unaccredited certified engineering programs and
to grant titles such as "Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer"
(MCSE), were invited to noon-hour meetings in Calgary and Edmonton. Sixty
per cent of the 37 program providers invited, attended. APEGGA Executive
Director and Registrar Neil Windsor, P.Eng., provided an overview of APEGGA's
responsibilities under the EGGP Act and outlined concerns about the various
unaccredited engineering programs being offered in Alberta and the titles
granted to graduates of these programs which include the word engineer.
Excellent feedback was received from the attendees, resulting in a much
better understanding of the issues. The comments and feedback are being
reviewed and further follow-up with the participants will be undertaken
during the upcoming weeks.