MONTREAL, July 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - After several requests by the
media, public and members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, the
OIQ would like to clarify the usage of the expressions "locomotive
engineer" and "train engineer" in reference to a train conductor or
Tom Harding is not a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and
may therefore not be referred to as an engineer in Québec, as this
title is reserved for OIQ members under the Engineers Act and the
Professional Code of Québec.
To prevent public confusion, the media should avoid using the
expressions "locomotive engineer" or "train engineer" when referring to
Mr. Harding or anyone who has the same occupation because the title of
engineer may only be used by OIQ members and its use comes with
obligations for both professionals and the OIQ.
However, section 26 of the Engineers Act stipulates that the Act does
not apply to legal persons whose name on July 16, 1964 contains the
words "ingénieur," "génie," "engineer" or "engineering." That is why
the locomotive operators union has gone by the name of "Fraternité des
ingénieurs de locomotives" since 1882.
Like the entire community of Québec engineers, the OIQ is dismayed by
the tragedy that occurred at Lac Mégantic and encourages its 60,000
members to provide any type of support they feel is appropriate to the
community afflicted by this ordeal.
About the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec has a membership of
more than 60,000 engineering professionals in all fields, except forest
engineering. The mission of the OIQ is to ensure the protection of the
public by supervising the practice of the profession within the
framework of its constituent laws and ensure that the profession serves
the public interest. For more information, go to http://www.oiq.qc.ca.
SOURCE: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
For further information:
Communications and Public Affairs Department
Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
514 845-6141 or 1 800 461-6141, extension 3253