APEGGA, Sun Microsystems
Reach 'Engineer' Agreement
An agreement has been reached between APEGGA and Sun Microsystems Canada
Inc. over the use of the word "engineer" in the company's job
APEGGA initiated action against an employee of Sun Microsystems Canada
Inc., after learning that the individual -- who is not registered with
APEGGA -- was misrepresenting himself by using the word "engineer"
in his title.
Following two years of discussion in which resolution by legal action
appeared inevitable, APEGGA and Sun Microsystems Canada Inc. have recently
agreed upon a resolution as put forth by Sun Microsystems.
Sun Microsystems has undertaken to no longer use the word "engineer"
in any job titles used in Alberta, unless the individual to whom the title
pertains is a recognized professional engineer as designated by P.Eng.,
in compliance with the Engineering, Geological and Geophysical Professions
There is a growing concern within APEGGA and with other provincial regulatory
bodies over the proliferation of titles such as "systems engineer"
by those who are unlicensed and using the term "engineer" loosely,
thereby misleading the public. In accordance with the EGGP Act, an Alberta
statute, no one may use the words engineer, geologist or geophysicist
in combination with any other name, title, description, letter, symbol
or abbreviation that represents expressly or by implication that he/she
is a professional engineer, geologist or geophysicist, unless licensed
Under the direction of APEGGA's Director of Compliance and the Enforcement
Review Committee, APEGGA's compliance program intends to give members
of the general public confidence that when they retain a person or company
using these titles, they are receiving the services of a responsible licensed