The Engineering Team

[h3]Introduction to your role on the Engineering Team in BC[/h3]

The words ‘Engineer’, ‘Engineering’, ‘Technologist’ and ‘Technician’ have many different meanings and implications throughout the world, and even within Canada. The structure and hierarchy of the Engineering Sector in Canada is different from what may be normal practice in many other parts of the world.

Here’s what the people in each credential category do:

Professional Engineers, P.Eng.’s:

assume final professional (legal) responsibility for the safeguarding of public health and safety on major projects designed &/or constructed by P.Eng.’s &/or other members of the Engineering Team, at all levels.  P.Eng.’s:

  • are able to work from first principles
  • use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology
  • apply theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems
  • provide technical and commercial leadership
  • offer regulated engineering services directly to the public under license.

Any person providing engineering services in BC (and across Canada) which fall under the legal purview of APEGBC (or other provincial Professional Engineering association) must be a P.Eng. registered with APEGBC (or other provincial Professional Engineering association), or work under the direction of a P.Eng.

Applied Science Technologists, AScT’s:

work within a scope of practice defined by education and experience and assume professional responsibility for the safeguarding of public health and safety on projects designed and/or constructed by AScT’s &/or other members of the Engineering Team, at all levels.  AScT’s

  • use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology
  • apply theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, test, manufacture, construct, install, commission, operate and maintain engineered products, processes, systems and services
  • provide technical and commercial leadership
  • offer non-regulated engineering and technical services directly to the public
  • may be eligible for recognition by APEGBC as a Limited Licensee, with the right to practice professional engineering within a tightly defined scope of practice

Note:  In Canadian provinces other than BC, AScT’s may have other designations:  CET, or C.E.T., meaning Certified Engineering Technologist, and PTech, meaning Professional Technologist.  Not all designations have complete equivalency from province to province, due to inconsistent usage and differing interpretations by the provincial professional technology associations and the provincial acts under which they may be incorporated.

Certified Technicians, CTech’s:

  • apply theoretical and practical methods to assist with the design, development, manufacturing, testing, construction, installation, commission, operation and maintenance of engineering products, processes, systems and services
  • offer non-regulated engineering and technical services directly to the public

Journeyman Tradespersons: (often Red Seal certified)

  • apply practical methods to manufacture, construct, commission, install, operate and maintain engineered products, processes, systems and services
  • may offer regulated technical services directly to the public under license

Skilled & Unskilled Workers:

  • Under supervision, apply practical methods to manufacture, construct, operate and maintain engineering products, processes, systems and services