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PEO’S ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

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1  –  Introduction

 

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is empowered under the

Professional Engineers Act to establish the standards for admission

and to regulate the practice of engineering in the province. The

association is mandated to ensure public safety and welfare where

engineering is concerned. In addition, PEO provides leadership to

the profession and promotes professional engineers’ contribution

to, and facility in, the application of science and technology to benefit

humankind. The establishment of similar standards for entry

into the profession, in each jurisdiction across the country, permits

mobility of Ontario professional engineers from one province (or

territory) to the other. Furthermore, Ontario professional engineers

have gained greater recognition within a world of technology without

boundaries and with instant communications.

This Experience Requirements Guide aims to assist engineering

graduates, their supervisors, referees, and employers gain an

understanding of the quality-based requirements for licensing

associated with these standards. The profession relies on individuals

and firms that provide the experience opportunities to

engineering graduates and act as referees in the licensure process.

Indeed, this Experience Requirements Guide has as much significance

for the sponsors of licence applicants, their employers and the

applicants themselves. The suitability of an applicant’s experience

for licensure is assessed against five quality-based experience criteria

that specifically define acceptable engineering experience and are

described in Section 2.2 of this Experience Requirements Guide.

 

They are:

  • Application of Theory;
  • Practical Experience;
  • Management of Engineering;
  • Communication Skills;
  • Social Implications of Engineering.

 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the

engineering experience requirements have been met to the satisfaction

of the association.

 

This Experience Requirements Guide refers only to the engineering

experience requirements for the professional engineer licence.

 

For information concerning satisfying other requirements, such as

those for a Certificate of Authorization for those offering engineering

services to the public, please contact PEO.

 

  • PEO’s Engineering Experience Requirements

 

  1.  

Applicants who satisfy the requirements described in this Experience

Requirements Guide will have confirmed that they have

the ability to exercise sound engineering judgment, function on

multidisciplinary teams, and communicate effectively in the work

environment and with society at large. The experience that has

been acquired, however, should be considered simply a first step

in the lifelong process of continued learning, to ensure continuing

competence as a professional engineer is maintained.

 

  • Internship

 

    1.  

The period of supervised engineering experience serves as an internship

for individuals who have the necessary academic qualifications

to apply for a professional engineer licence. During this

period, such individuals will benefit by being enrolled as engineering

interns (please refer to section 4 of this Guide) with PEO, and

participating in opportunities for their professional development.

The profession, as represented by practising professional engineers

and their employers, supports prospective professional engineers

by providing them with the opportunity to enter full professional

practice, all the while maintaining professional responsibility and

safeguarding the public interest.

 

PEO examines the nature, quality, duration and currency of each

applicant’s experience with one or more employers, and evaluates

this experience against prescribed criteria. Individuals and firms are

expected to provide experience opportunities, act as referees in the

licensing process, or serve as mentors where required.

 

Engineering experience should be compatible with the applicant’s

particular area of academic qualification. If there is incompatibility

between the academic and experience qualifications (for

example, a mechanical engineering graduate whose experience has

been acquired working mainly in a civil engineering domain),

additional experience, perhaps complemented by relevant studies,

will be required.

 

  • Criteria for Acceptable Engineering Experience

 

    1.  

Experience is a major component in forming the engineering

graduate on his or her way to achieving licensing as a professional

engineer. The responsibility of providing the appropriate

environment, opportunity, range and progression of activities to

meet the experience criteria rests with the firms that provide the

working environment and the individuals who provide supervision

during the internship period.

 

Two mandatory components of acceptable engineering experience–

application of theory and practical experience–must be

demonstrated over a substantial part (but not necessarily all) of

the internship period. They must be supplemented by exposure to,

or experience in, the broad areas of management of engineering,

communication skills and the social implications of engineering.

Without at least some appropriate exposure to each of these other

components, an applicant will be ineligible for licensing.

 

  • Application of Theory

 

      1.  

Skilful application of theory is the hallmark of quality engineering

work. Experience must therefore include meaningful participation

in at least one aspect of the following applications of theory:

  • analysis, including scope and operating conditions, performance

assessment, safety and environmental issues, technology assessment,

economic assessment, reliability analysis;

  • design and synthesis, including functionality or product specification,

component selection, integration of components and

sub-systems into larger systems, reliability and maintenance

factors, environmental and societal implications of the product

or process, quality improvements;

  • testing methods, including devising testing methodology and

techniques, verifying functional specifications, new product or

technology commissioning and assessment;

  • implementation methods, including applying technology,

engineering cost studies, optimization techniques, process flow

and time studies, cost/benefit analysis, safety and environmental

issues and recommendations, maintenance and replacement

evaluation.

 

  • Practical Experience

 

      1.  

Practical experience provides applicants with an appreciation of the

fundamental roles of function, time, cost, reliability, reparability,

safety and environmental impact in their work. Practical experience

should include such components as:

 

  • the function of components as part of the larger system, including,

for example, opportunities to experience the merits of reliability,

the role of computer software, or the relationship of the end product

to the equipment and to the equipment control systems;

 

  • opportunities to experience and understand the limitations of

practical engineering and related human systems in achieving

desired goals, including, for example, limitations of production

methods, manufacturing tolerances, operating and maintenance

philosophies, ergonomics;

 

  • opportunities to experience the significance of time in the engineering

process, including difficulties of work flow, scheduling,

equipment wear out, corrosion rates and replacement scheduling;

 

  • opportunities to acquire knowledge and understanding of codes,

standards, regulations and laws that govern applicable engineering

activities.

 

 

  • Management of Engineering

 

      1.  

Management of engineering projects includes supervising staff,

managing projects, being exposed generally to an engineering

business environment, and managing technology from a societal

perspective. Acceptable management components involve:

 

  • planning, from identifying requirements, developing concepts,

evaluating alternative methods and assessing required resources,

to planning for the social ramifications;

 

  • scheduling, from establishing interactions and constraints,

developing activity or task schedules, allocating resources, and

assessing the impact of delays, to determining and assessing

projects’ interactions with other projects and the marketplace;

 

  • budgeting, from developing conceptual and detailed budgets

identifying labour, materials and overhead, to assessing risk of

cost escalation, and reviewing budgets in light of change;

  • supervision, including leadership and professional conduct,

organizing human resources, motivating teams, and managing

technology;

 

  • project control, requiring understanding of the elements of a

greater whole, coordinating phases of project work, and monitoring

expenditures and schedules and taking corrective action;

 

  • risk assessment, relating to operating equipment and system performance,

technological risk, product performance and social

and environmental impacts.

 

  • Communication Skills

 

      1.  

An opportunity to develop communication skills is an important

experience requirement. This applies to all areas of the work environment,

including communication with supervisors, co-workers,

government regulators, clients and the general public. For an applicant’s

experience in this area to be acceptable, the applicant should

have regular opportunities to participate in:

 

  • preparing written work, including day-to-day correspondence,

design briefs, and participating in preparing major reports;

 

  • making oral reports or presentations to co-workers, supervisors

and senior management, and to clients or regulatory authorities;

 

  • making presentations to the general public as such opportunities

arise.

 

  • Social Implications of Engineering

 

      1.  

As emphasized in many of the experience components associated

with the four quality-based criteria described above, the social

implications of engineering are an important aspect of engineering

practice. A professional engineering work environment is one that

heightens an applicant’s awareness of any social consequences, both

positive and negative, of an engineering activity undertaken. While

not every project or activity will have direct or immediate social

consequences, an applicant’s work experience should, nevertheless,

instill an awareness of:

 

  • the value or benefits of engineering works to the public;
  • the safeguards in place to protect the employees and the

public and mitigate adverse impacts;

  • the relationship between engineering activity and the public

at large;

  • the significant role of regulatory agencies on the practice of

engineering.

 

Experience in this area should foster an awareness of an engineer’s

professional responsibility to guard against conditions dangerous

or threatening to life, limb, property, or the environment,

and to call such conditions to the attention of those responsible.

 

  • Length of Experience

 

    1.  

All applicants for licensure will be required to demonstrate at least

four years of verifiable acceptable engineering experience before

licensing can be obtained. At least one year of all applicants’ experience

must be acquired in a Canadian jurisdiction, under the direction

of a professional engineer licensed in Canada.

 

2.4 Credits for Pregraduation Experience and

Postgraduate Studies

 

Applicants who have graduated from a Canadian Engineering Accreditation

Board (CEAB)-accredited engineering program may be

granted up to 12 months’ credit for experience acquired prior to

the completion of their undergraduate degree. The quality of the

pregraduation experience (co-op, sandwich year, summer engineering

employment) will be measured against the five quality-based

criteria. Only pregraduation experience acquired after the applicant

has successfully completed one-half of the classroom component of

the undergraduate degree is eligible for credit. The balance must be

acquired after the degree is obtained.

 

If an applicant successfully completes a “Confirmatory Examination

Program,” all engineering experience acquired from the

date the applicant’s engineering degree was awarded is eligible for

credit toward PEO’s experience requirement. The quality of the

applicant’s pregraduation experience (co-op, sandwich year, summer

engineering employment) will be measured against the five

quality-based criteria. Only pregraduation experience acquired

after the applicant has successfully completed the academic

equivalent of the Basic Studies and Group A sections of the applicable

syllabus is eligible for up to 12 months of pregraduation

engineering experience credit. The balance must be acquired after

the degree is obtained.

 

If an applicant has satisfied PEO’s academic requirements by

completing specific (non-confirmatory) examinations, only experience

acquired after the applicant has successfully completed the

academic equivalent of the Basic Studies and Group A sections

of the applicable syllabus is eligible for the equivalent of up to

12 months of pregraduation engineering experience credit. The

balance must be acquired after all of the assigned examinations are

successfully completed.

 

In addition, applicants normally receive a one-year experience

credit for successful completion of a postgraduate degree in

engineering in the same discipline as their undergraduate degree.

They may receive additional work experience credits for postgraduate

degree(s)-related industrially applied research work following

an assessment against the five quality-based experience criteria.

The maximum credit for this research may not exceed 12 months

for a doctoral degree and six months for a master’s degree. However,

total experience credits awarded for postgraduate studies and

postgraduate degree(s)-related industrially applied research cannot

exceed the time spent achieving the postgraduate degrees. If the

postgraduate studies and postgraduate degree(s)-related industrially

applied research work are performed while concurrently holding

a paid engineering job outside the university, the total experience

credit for the university-related activities and the non-universityrelated

engineering job cannot exceed the total number of months

elapsed. No additional experience credit is given for overtime work.

 

All applicants, including those whose experience has been

gained in other countries, must acquire at least 12 months’ experience

in a Canadian jurisdiction, under the direction of a professional

engineer licensed in Canada. This professional engineer

may act as a supervisor, monitor or collaborator with regard to

this experience. The purpose of this requirement is to safeguard

life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare and

the environment by ensuring the applicant is qualified to practise

in Canada. The applicant must be knowledgeable of Canadian

conditions, notably with regard to legislation, standards, codes,

economy, climate, resources and technology

 

  • Roles of Referees and Supervisors

 

    1.  

Individuals who serve as referees in support of a candidate’s application

are a vital component of the licensing process. Three

references from individuals who are familiar with the details of the

applicant’s work are required. It is strongly recommended that two

of these references come from licensed professional engineers and

at least one should be from a person in authority at the applicant’s

place of employment or at a client firm. The applicant’s present

and past direct supervisors are the most suitable referees. If an

applicant is claiming experience from multiple work situations,

additional referees may be required.

 

Referees should provide information regarding the applicant’s

technical ability in the application of theoretical engineering principles,

ability to clearly communicate orally and in writing, ability

to work on a team and to exercise professional judgment. Referees

should also attest whether the applicant is of good character, as demonstrated

through such personal attributes as honesty and integrity.

 

All applicants must attain at least 12 months experience in a

Canadian jurisdiction. This experience should be acquired under

the supervision of one or more people legally authorized to engage

in the practice of professional engineering in Canada. PEO may

also recognize 12 months of experience in a Canadian jurisdiction

without direct supervision of a licence holder where:

 

  1. A professional engineer is identified to monitor an engineering

intern or provisional licence holder who is employed in an

organization that does not have a licence holder to supervise the

engineering intern or confirm to the suitability of the experience;

or

 

  1. The applicant is the holder of a temporary licence and has

gained 12 months of experience working with a professional

engineer who is acting as a collaborator.

 

2.5.1 Role of Supervisor as Referee

 

Professional engineers who serve as supervisors and referees are

obliged to:

 

  1. Provide guidance, encouragement and support to the applicant

during the internship period;

 

  1. Provide the applicant with a working environment that offers

the opportunities to receive acceptable experience;

 

  1. Be sufficiently familiar with the details of the applicant’s work,

either through direct supervision or ongoing direct contact, to

be able to attest that each portion of the work experience qualifies

within the context of this Experience Requirements Guide.

 

2.5.2 Role of the Monitor as Referee

 

An engineering intern or provisional licence holder must be appropriately

supervised, adequately assigned tasks and have the opportunity

for regular reviews.

 

Where an engineering intern or provisional licence holder is

not being supervised by a professional engineer, the following

guidelines may assist the applicant in arranging for a professional

engineer monitor who may be acceptable to PEO.

 

Responsibilities of the intern or provisional licence holder

 

  1. Demonstrate a desire for professional development.
  2. Discuss the situation with his/her direct supervisor and seek assistance

of the supervisor in arranging for a monitor.

  1. Find a professional engineer willing to act as a monitor.
  2. Develop a schedule/meeting arrangements with the monitor

with input from the supervisor.

  1. Sign a declaration that includes that he/she will not practise

professional engineering unless a professional engineer has assumed

responsibility in accordance with section 12.3(b) of the

Professional Engineers Act.

 

Responsibilities of monitor

 

  1. Meet with the applicant as agreed.
  2. Ensure the projects assigned to the intern are within a level that provides

the intern with engineering experience sufficient for licensing.

  1. Provide guidance to the intern as necessary.
  2. Become familiar with the five quality-based criteria for licensing.

At the end of the monitoring period, the monitor should be able

to answer, with assurance, questions about the applicant’s suitability

for licensure.

  1. Sign a declaration that:
  2. i) he/she is a professional engineer who assumes responsibility

for the services within the practice of professional engineering

that the engineering intern or provisional licence holder

is undertaking in accordance with section 12.3(b) of the

Professional Engineers Act;

  1. ii) he/she will comply with PEO’s professional standard related

to assuming responsibility for the services within the practice

of professional engineering once set out in regulations; and

iii) he/she will commit to being in the work location of the EIT

at least 30 hours each month.

All parties (including the applicant, supervisor, senior officer(s) of

the applicant’s company and the P.Eng. monitor) should participate

in developing a monitoring agreement and must be clear about matters

of liability and disclosing of confidential company information.

In a case where an applicant seeking a monitor is not registered

in PEO’s EIT program, he or she must become registered as an engineering

intern or provisional licence holder for the experience to

qualify. Participation in these programs provides greater assurance

that the candidate will remain on track for licensing.

 

2.5.3 Role of Collaborator as Referee

 

It is a requirement that the holder of a temporary licence must

collaborate with a member in the practice of professional engineering

with respect of work undertaken under the temporary licence.

The professional engineer collaborator is required to work with

the temporary licence holder to enhance the holder’s experience

and knowledge of codes, standards and practices while respecting

the professional expertise of the temporary licence holder.

By virtue of this arrangement, a temporary licence collaborator

may act as a referee for the 12 months of Canadian experience.

 

  • Role of the Employer

 

    1.  

Providing a working environment that will enable engineering

graduates to enter full professional practice is in the best interests

of an employer. Employees seeking licensure are demonstrating to

their employers that they embrace the concept of professionalism,

and are willing to be bound by the profession’s Code of Ethics

requiring fairness and loyalty to employers, colleagues and clients.

As part of providing a working environment that is conducive to

licensure, employers are encouraged to instill an appreciation of the

need for prospective professional engineers to commit to lifelong

learning, to join technical societies, and to enroll as engineering

interns (Section 4). PEO provides them with periodic experience

assessments aimed to help ensure they achieve licensure within the

prescribed period.

 

Employers of prospective professional engineers should be aware

of PEO’s licensing requirements, particularly the five quality-based

criteria against which the experience of their employees will be

evaluated (Section 2.2). Where an applicant is involved in sales

or marketing activities, construction management, supervision, or

maintenance, particular attention should be paid to Section 3 for

an interpretation of the experience requirements relative to these

activities.

 

The working environment that provides, to the

greatest extent possible, opportunities for licence applicants to

obtain appropriate and acceptable experience is one in which the

employer provides that:

 

  • the applicant has sufficient exposure to a significant majority of

the components described in Section 2.2 of this Guide;

  • progression of these activities and experiences will lead to the

applicant’s increased involvement and responsibility with time;

  • the applicant is directly supervised by, or at least has on-going

contact with, a professional engineer during the various components

of the experience.

 

  1. Interpretation of Engineering Experience

Requirements in Specific Areas of Practice

 

3.1 University Teaching

 

Applicants whose engineering experience consists of, either in whole or

in part, university teaching will be evaluated to ascertain if the teaching

experience complies with the criteria for acceptable engineering experience.

To be considered acceptable engineering experience, the teaching

of upper-year engineering science courses, analysis or design courses

needs to be supplemented by such activities as providing specialized

advice to industry or conducting or supervising applied research.

However, the teaching of basic courses to students in the early years

of their degrees may not constitute acceptable engineering experience.

Also, teaching outside of an engineering faculty does not fall within

the definition of the practice of engineering. PEO will assess the actual

tasks performed by these applicants to delineate those portions of their

tasks that are acceptable engineering experience for licensing purposes.

 

3.2 Community College and Technical Institute

Teaching

 

Under normal circumstances, community college and technical

institute teaching falls outside the definition of acceptable engineering

experience. However, industry consultations and employment

undertaken during sabbaticals or of a part-time nature may be

considered, and will be evaluated against the experience criteria.

 

3.3 Sales and Marketing Activities

 

Sales and marketing activities can vary immensely from position

to position and can similarly vary from tasks that have little or no

requirement for engineering expertise, and thus little engineering

experience gained, to positions where a high level of engineering

competence is necessary. Applicants whose experience has been entirely

or partially in the areas of sales and marketing will be evaluated

carefully, having due regard to the actual tasks that have been

performed, the degree to which the mandatory experience component

of “application of theory” has been achieved, and whether

the applicant’s work has required the supervision of a professional

engineer. In most circumstances, an applicant whose sole employment

has been in the area of sales and marketing will require

employment for more than the minimum experience requirement

of four years, to obtain suitable engineering experience.

Consideration will be given to the following types of experience:

 

  • providing professional advice and guidance in the selection of

equipment, a product or service;

  • providing technical assistance during the application of a process

or installation of equipment;

  • conducting technical seminars for engineers as part of the marketing

of specialized materials, equipment or processes;

  • design work associated with the marketing and sale of materials,

equipment or processes.

Suitable experience will not be gained from doing clerical tasks,

routine administration, or the simple act of persuading a customer

to purchase a product or service.

 

3.4 Military Experience

 

Graduates in the armed forces sometimes find themselves in line

positions that may provide command experience of great value to

personal development, but may sometimes also provide limited

acceptable engineering experience. The experience of these applicants

will be treated the same as that of those working in civilian

occupations.

 

It is important that applicants provide a complete description of

activities in order that they can be evaluated against the criteria for

acceptable engineering experience.

 

3.5 Project Management and Supervision

 

Applicants whose sole experience has been in the field of project

management or supervision will be evaluated carefully to ascertain

if the requirements for “application of theory” have been adequately

met. Under normal circumstances, if an applicant’s sole engineering

experience has been in construction management, it is unlikely

that this experience criterion will have been satisfied. The applicant

may be advised to take a position for a period of time in a role that

involves application of theory, in order to supplement the experience

gained in a construction management or supervisory role.

 

Well-documented evidence of field experience in “problem solving”

and development of sound engineering judgment may satisfy

the “application of theory” criterion.

 

Consideration will be given to the following types of experience:

  • scheduling and cost control of large, highly-technical projects,

utilizing sophisticated scheduling and control techniques;

  • technical supervision of the construction and installation of

materials and equipment where engineering analysis and/or

calculation are applied;

  • problem-solving and component design.

 

It is unlikely that suitable experience will be gained from duties

involving preparing bids not requiring engineering evaluation, or

from ordering materials.

 

3.6 Operations and Maintenance

 

With the increasing complexity of industrial processes, it is possible

that there will be applicants whose entire employment, after

graduation, has been in the area of operations and maintenance.

Again, as in many of the classifications above, the applicant will be

carefully evaluated for “application of theory.”

An evaluation of the applicant’s actual work history, responsibilities,

and the degree of involvement in analysis and design will be

performed. Work experience exclusively in the area of operations

and maintenance will frequently fall short of the requirements for

licensing and the applicant will be advised to obtain experience in a

position involving the application of theory.

Consideration will be given to the following types of

experience:

 

  • designing, developing, and upgrading product or production

systems specifications;

  • providing technical assistance during commissioning of

structures, equipment, processes or systems;

  • designing, developing, managing, and upgrading maintenance

programs;

  • developing, managing, and upgrading methodologies for production

planning and scheduling, inventory management, process,

quality and cost control;

  • developing and upgrading production standards and analyzing

production problems;

  • analyzing equipment failures and applying non-destructive

evaluation methods.

Suitable experience will not be gained from duties involving

purchasing materials, equipment and supplies of a non-technical

nature, collective bargaining or the administration of collective

agreements, or from supervising workers on a day-to-day basis in

the performance of routine maintenance.

 

3.7 Quality Control and Quality Assurance

 

The quality engineering function is a very important one in many enterprises.

It is very common for some applicants’ entire employment

after graduation to be in the area of quality control and quality assurance.

Again, as in many of the classifications above, such applicants

will be carefully evaluated for “application of engineering theory.” An

evaluation of the applicant’s actual work history, responsibilities and

the degree of involvement in engineering analysis and design will be

performed. Work consisting exclusively of inspection or implementation

of prescribed testing procedures with the sole purpose of finding

out whether a particular product’s dimensions/composition/performance

meets a pre-established standard will frequently fall short of the

requirements for licensing and the applicant will be advised to obtain

experience involving the application of “engineering theory” to any

phase of the life cycle of systems, structures and/or components.

In general, consideration will be given to the following types of

experience:

 

  • developing plans and technical procedures to ensure that critical

attributes of a product are identified, monitored and controlled

during any phase of a product life cycle;

  • engineering analysis and investigation to find the root cause of

a deviation from engineering specifications, failure of a product,

or any other deficiency identified during the life cycle of a

product;

  • addressing an identified root cause for a non-conformance

by recommending/applying modifications to the engineering

design and/or fabrication process;

  • analysis of engineering design requirements of a product against

technical specifications and applicable regulations/codes/standards

to assess the degree of compliance with such requirements.

 

  • The Engineering Intern (EIT) Program

 

  1.  

If applicants have satisfied PEO’s academic requirements and have

not yet completed the experience requirement, they should apply

for registration in the Engineering Intern (EIT) program.

 

It:

 

  • helps applicants assess the acceptability of their experience. PEO

will review an engineering intern’s experience and advise of any

apparent deficiencies;

  • demonstrates to employers that the applicant is serious about being

licensed as a professional engineer;

  • allows the applicant to join a chapter and attend chapter meetings;
  • allows the applicant to participate in Engineers Canada–

sponsored group insurance plans and the Ontario Society of

Professional Engineers’ (OSPE) Career Centre program;

  • entitles the applicant to receive PEO’s award-winning journal

Engineering Dimensions and other publications.

 

  • Engineering Experience Record

 

  1.  

The final section of this Experience Requirements Guide covers

the format that should be used when submitting your experience

record for evaluation by PEO. An applicant should prepare this

summary carefully, and complete it only after becoming familiar

with the contents of this Experience Requirements Guide. PEO

will then advise on areas in which the experience may not yet meet

the necessary criteria. Applicants who are being offered the opportunity

to attend an Experience Requirements Committee interview

should follow the specific guideline provided at that time.

 

You must give a clear summary of your engineering experience in

a reverse chronological format by month and year. Include names

and addresses of all employers and a technical outline of the nature

of the duties and responsibilities associated with each position. Periods

of absence from employment (travelling, unemployed) should

also be listed with dates.

 

Satisfactory engineering experience is that which complements

your academic engineering training. Activities should involve

engineering, design, analysis and synthesis, and should provide for

the development of responsibility, judgment, communication skills

and self-confidence.

 

The elements of satisfactory engineering experience for licensing

purposes are described in Section 2.2 of this guide. Substantial exposure

to the first two, “Application of Theory” and “Practical Experience,”

are mandatory while reasonable exposure to the remaining

three elements is sufficient. A complete lack of exposure to any one

of these elements may render the applicant unsuitable for licensure.

Some quality aspects to be assessed include: increasing work

complexity; increasing responsibility; the effect of employment

interruptions or changing assignments on the applicant’s retention

of, and ability to build upon, the experience gained; employment

responsibilities that are not of an engineering nature; whether the

engineering work performed was in the discipline of graduation;

and the degree of supervision by, and guidance of, professional

engineer(s). All of the above-noted factors are taken into account

when assessing the final Experience Record. The simple passage of

time is not sufficient.

 

To assist with PEO’s review and help you ensure that your

Experience Record provides adequate information, it is suggested

that your Record be organized as follows:

 

  • For each position about which you are reporting give the dates

(day, month and year), position title, company name and a

paragraph describing your job responsibilities with an emphasis

on the engineering duties. Clearly indicate what you did, HOW

you did it and WHY you did it; and

 

  • Describe how the work experience obtained in that position

meets each of the five criteria (application of theory, practical

experience, management of engineering, communication skills

and social implications of engineering) paying particular attention

to the “application of theory”.

 

Applicants are reminded that this Experience Record is not a

résumé for use in applying for employment. It is a record of your

engineering experience and as such must inform us as to what specific

engineering work you have personally performed. Please avoid

the use of the third person. Terms such as “manage”, “review” or

“direct” are imprecise and should be avoided when discussing your

experience under the application of theory.

 

A guide to preparing your experience summary, with a template

that can be used, is available on PEO’s website at http://www.peo.on.ca.

Questions concerning the engineering experience required for

licensing, or the licensing process, should be directed to PEO’s

Licensing and Finance Department at (416) 224-1100 or (800)

339-3716, or write to us at PEO, 40 Sheppard Avenue West,

Suite 101, Toronto ON M2N 6K9. We can also be reached by

fax at (416) 224-8168 or (800) 268-0496.

 

Visit PEO’s website for updates concerning PEO’s experience

requirements. The URL is http://www.peo.on.ca.

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