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Definitions in context

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In your article 'A Level measures set to go' (NCE 4 March) I am purported to say that the current draft definition of an engineer is 'someone who translates a conceptual model into a working one by using calculations.'

The Engineering Professors' Council output standards committee, which I chair, has formulated a working definition in producing a model of the engineering process. However, this is a more complex definition and the transformation from a conceptual model to a working model is only one small part of work of an engineer.

Personally, I feel that while any such definition has its place in a formative process such as the one in which we are engaged, outside of that process there are likely to be many other, equally acceptable, definitions.

Professor D Spurgeon, chairman, EPC output standards co-ordinating group, 49 Church Way, Whetstone, London N20 0JZ

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