ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 7

its own regulatory process and the scope of its' members'
work. Even the operation of provincial legislation is subject to
the oversight of federal competition law. Ironically, licensing
to protect quality in the practice of a profession has often had
the unwanted but corollary effect of diminishing the ability for
competition. Licensing one class or category of professionals
should never be taken to mean that no other will ever be
qualified to do any part of that same role. Experience, and
history, demonstrate that it is usually the practitioners of a
profession themselves who, once they have the ability to selfregulate, then define, and expand, the boundaries of what is
controlled by their profession, often inappropriately and to the
exclusion of other professions or later developing professions.

something beyond its outright dismissal by anyone, no
matter how close their connection and no matter how direct
their interest. This development was predictable from the
outset, when far-thinking professional engineers acted
with engineering technologists to create and recognize
the then emerging profession... in the public interest... and
when, in 2007, the Government of Alberta saw fit to include
the engineering technologist profession in the Engineering
and Geoscience Professions Act, as a first step forward. This
development was inevitable, and the matter calls for a
positive and timely resolution, so that the professions and the
public may see clearly that what governs is the public good,
the public interest.

A look at the definition of the "practice of engineering"
may be helpful here. It means (paraphrasing the Act only
slightly) "the reporting on, advising on, evaluating, designing,
preparing plans and specifications for or directing the
construction, technical inspection, maintenance or operation
of any structure, work or process that is aimed at the
discovery, development or utilization of matter, materials
or energy or in any other way designed for the use and
convenience of humans, and that requires in that reporting,
advising, evaluating, designing, preparation or direction the
professional application of the principles of mathematics,
chemistry, physics or any other related applied subject..."

Let us move forward.

One might be justified in the thought that not only are the
existing exemptions in the Act appropriate and necessary, but
that there may well be others who are qualified to do some
part of this work, without supervision but within limitations
based on their education and credentials, as established
and regulated by their own professional body, which best
understands their capabilities, limits and role. That, put
simply, is the underlying rationale for ASET's proposition.
The public interest in this matter would surely include a
broadly based review of both who's doing what and who is
generally trained and qualified to do what. It is not sufficient,
arguably, for any organization other than government to
define what is in the public interest and what boundaries
limit professions or are controlled by professions. There is
a danger in the sort of exclusive control of an entire field
of human endeavour which excludes others by virtue of a
simple established, proprietorial interest in certain types of
work, even if only founded in an inability or an unwillingness
to understand those others' capacities, and even if wellintentioned. The evidence, we suggest, makes clear that
engineering technologists are capable of some of the work
described in the "practice of engineering" scope; and we have
seen no evidence to the contrary.
In all, it is reasonable to suggest that the issue which has
arisen from the legislative review discussions of ASET and
APEGA is broader than either had anticipated and the matter
has become more complex due to that; however, rational
discourse toward the solution is imperative... and that is in
the public interest for a certainty.
The legitimate public interest in the definition of engineering
technology and the range within which technologists
may both work and be regulated is apparent, and calls for

Barry Cavanaugh,
CEO

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST
Proposal for Sections to be added to EGPA

S. 86.4(m) (definition in Part 8)
"Practice of applied science and engineering
technology" means: Collecting, processing and
analysing data; designing and preparing plans,
equipment, processes and specifications; advising
on, researching and evaluating systems, processes,
equipment, tools, designs, plans and specifications;
directing the construction, technical inspection,
maintenance or operation of any structure, work or
process related to the application of established
engineering or applied science principles and methods
of problem solving, and generally, applying such
principles and methods using industry-recognised
codes, standards, procedures and practices in work,
and in the teaching of applied science or engineering
technology at a polytechnic institute or college.

S.2(4)(c) (exemption from P.Eng. exclusive scope)
A person engaged in the practice of applied science
or engineering technology as a certified engineering
technologist licensed by the Association of Science
and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta
pursuant to Part 8 of this Act.

TECHNOLOGY ALBERTA | WINTER 2018 | 7



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018

ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - Cover1
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - Cover2
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - A1
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 4
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 5
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 6
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 7
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 8
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 9
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 10
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 11
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 12
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 13
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 14
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 15
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 16
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 17
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 18
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 19
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 20
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 21
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 22
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 23
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 24
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 25
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 26
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 27
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 28
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 29
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - 30
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - Cover3
ASET Technology Alberta Winter 2018 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2019
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2019
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_dec2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/aset55anniversary
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2017
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2017
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2017
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2016
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2016
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2016
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_winter_2016
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_fall_2015
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_summer_2015
http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/aset/ta_spring_2015
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com