If the law says you need the P.Eng. to practice engineering, and there are people working out there who don have it, why aren the professions licensing bodies doing more to enforce the law?
Engineering’s licensing bodies are enforcing the law, both with companies and individuals. To date, they have primarily done so using a cooperative rather than a confrontational approach, by informing people about the law and encouraging compliance. When this approach does not work, the profession has frequently initiated legal action. However, with the rapid emergence of new engineering technologies and new engineering disciplines in recent years, a number of employers in less traditional sectors of the economy are not fully aware of the provincial and territorial laws that restrict the practice of engineering and the use of the professional title engineer to people who have their P.Eng. licence. In some cases, this has meant that employers are not requiring all engineering work to be completed under the supervision of a P.Eng., or engineering graduates to become engineers-in-training. The profession is taking steps to inform employers of the applicable laws.