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Re: The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer (Canada), Order of the Engineer (US)

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Paul,
You let the cat out of the bag.
Gary


On 31 Oct 2004 at 16:22, Paul Ransom wrote:

> > From: "Peggy Dall" <pdall(--nospam--at)metwood.com>
> 
> > Does anyone have any opinions on the "Order of an Engineer" in the
> > US or the "Call of an Engineer" (Iron Ring Ceremony) in Canada? 
> > Seems like we could all use something to unify us.  I'd love to
> > garner support for this this
> 
> 
> > cherished and solemn Canadian ceremony to be more fully embraced in
> > the US.
> 
> You're kidding, right? In Canada, it is primarily seen as an excuse
> for a major booze-up or stag prior to final exams. After that, it's a
> piece of jewelry that we wear to help us identify who is in the club.
> 
> The fable suggests that the rings are/were made from the steel of the
> fallen cantilever bridge over the St. Lawrence River. It's true that
> the bridge fell, twice, during construction and people died. The ring
> thing started many years later. So, not likely.
> 
> The whole thing was dreamed up by a couple of guys sitting around
> having a few beers and the verbage itself was written by a humorist.
> The narrative basically says, "do no wrong but don't forget to take
> the money and run!"
> 
> The ceremony is overtly Anglo-Christian, reflecting the culture of
> Canadian University graduates of the era. The ceremony is meant to be
> closed-door to enhance the "secret society" or fraternity aura (the
> hazing takes 4 years). It is recognition of the fact that you have
> graduated but is not associated with the university.
> 
> This was strarted in the days when engineers were mostly civies and
> mechs and there was little or no regulation. The administering
> organization is not affiliated with any organization that promotes or
> otherwise enhances or monitors the profession or the quality of the
> profession. They have a ceremony, hand out rings and you never hear
> from them again. The end. They don't even come for the ring if you
> fail to meet the standard.
> 
> I wear my ring because it is recognized in a peer situation. I also
> use P.Eng. on my business card for the same reason. Five minutes into
> any discussion, the ring doesn't matter anymore.
> 
> -- 
> Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
> Civil/Structural/Project/International
> Burlington, Ontario, Canada
> <mailto:ad026(--nospam--at)hwcn.org> <http://www.hwcn.org/~ad026/civil.html>
> 
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