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Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience, 6th Edition

  • Gordon C. Andrews
  • Patricia Shaw
  • John McPhee
  • ISBN-10: 0176764674
  • ISBN-13: 9780176764678
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2009, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics, 6e, is a unique and comprehensive text for today’s Canadian students and practising professionals. Structured in five parts, the text is written in an approachable and engaging style that effectively covers practice and ethics topics while offering advice for readers to become effective professionals. The authors guide readers through professional licensing, practice, ethics, and environmental practice and ethics using history, case studies, examples, and images to bring the issues to life. The text devotes an entire chapter to preparing readers for the Professional Practice Examination (PPE), including practice questions to bolster success. Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience is up to date with Engineers Canada’s practice and ethics syllabus and is the recommended study guide for this section of the PPE. The coverage in this sixth edition includes all provinces and territories of Canada and contains updated, new, and revised content and cases including the fascinating new case history: “Accidental Overdose: The Therac-25 Radiation Therapy Accidents.” This edition has expanded its Employment, Management, and Consulting sections with new and relevant Canadian cases to keep readers engaged and connected to the content. Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience: Practice and Ethics is a vital professional resource for study and reference.


  • Approximately 30 typical Professional Practice Examination questions are included to assist readers with preparation for the PPE

  • Personal advice guides young professionals in planning their careers

  • Advice and situations show the professional as employee, manager, or consultant

  • Assignments are included throughout the book and on the companion website

About the Author

Gordon C. Andrews

Dr. Gordon C. Andrews was a Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In his early years, he served as a construction engineering officer in the Canadian Air Force, and was a stress analyst for the Boeing Airplane Company on the 747 design team. During a 35-year university career, Dr. Andrews taught courses from first year to graduate level, and conducted research in machine design, dynamics, kinematics, projectile dynamics, dynamic simulation, and computer-aided design. He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications. Dr. Andrews was a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, certified to provide engineering advice to the public, and had been actively involved in many engineering projects with private companies, involving machine design (stamping presses, drilling rigs, metal shredders), dynamics (projectiles and vehicles), gear strength analysis, and professional engineering practice. Even after retiring from active teaching, he continued his writing in professional practice and ethics. Over the years, he was engaged as an expert witness in several legal cases involving engineering.

Patricia Shaw

Patricia Shaw is a mechanical engineer and a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (B.A.Sc.). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, where she has worked as a project engineer for Monenco and as a sales engineer for Quadro Engineering Corporation of Waterloo. At Monenco, she developed engineering designs and analyses of co-generation facilities; she also worked on the construction planning for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, pictured on the cover. Ms. Shaw is currently the president of a software engineering company, MotionPro Inc.

John McPhee

John McPhee is a Canada Research Chair and professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a graduate of Acadia University (Cert.A.Sc.), the Technical University of Nova Scotia (B.A.Sc.), and the University of Waterloo (M.A.Sc., Ph.D.). He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Ontario) and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has collaborated with many industry partners on dynamics and control, including Toyota, Maplesoft, Magna, Multimatic, Cleveland Golf, aboutGolf, the Canadian Space Agency, Bombardier, and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. Dr. McPhee has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, supervised 80 graduate students and researchers, and served as an expert witness to the Federal Court of Canada. In 2014, he received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation from the Governor General of Canada.

Table of Contents

Part One: Professional Licensing and Regulation
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Professions
Chapter 2: Regulation of Engineering and Geoscience
Chapter 3: Disciplinary Powers and Procedures

Part Two: Professional Practice
Chapter 4: Basic Concepts of Professional Practice
Chapter 5: Consulting, Private Practice, and Business
Chapter 6: Hazards, Liability, Standards, and Safety
Chapter 7: Computers, Software, and Intellectual Property
Chapter 8: Diversity in the Professional Workplace

Part Three: Professional Ethics
Chapter 9: Principles of Ethics and Justice
Chapter 10: Ethics Concepts and Cases: Employment
Chapter 11: Ethics Concepts and Cases: Management
Chapter 12: Ethics Concepts and Cases: Consulting

Part Four: Environmental Practice and Ethics
Chapter 13: Environmental Ethics
Chapter 14: Environmental Threats and Disasters
Chapter 15: Environmental Sustainability

Part Five: Obtaining and Maintaining Your Professional Status
Chapter 16: Writing the Professional Practice Exam
Chapter 17: Maintaining Your Professional Competence
Chapter 18: Benefiting from Technical Societies
Appendix A
Canadian Engineering and Geoscience Associations

New to this edition

  • New and updated cases and case histories
  • New and updated images and figures throughout the text
  • Updated Environmental Sustainability coverage, with revised and current climate-change content
  • Updated Professional Licensing and Academic Requirements information


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor Resources for Canadian Professional Engineering and Geoscience  (ISBN-10: 0176854819 | ISBN-13: 9780176854812)

Student Supplements

eBook: Canadian Professional Engineering and Geosciences  (ISBN-10: 0176853855 | ISBN-13: 9780176853853)