It is not a secret that I graduated at a 5-year engineering course specifically Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE). Correct me if I'm wrong but there is no such thing as a Computer Engineering Licensure Exam here and abroad. That means we could not own a license for our profession, but does it mean that we are not entitled to be called as Engineers too?
UPDATE: As per Steve said in the comments below, there is an examination for Professional Engineers in US for computer engineers.
'No Board Exam' ReasonThe usual reason why Computer Engineers don't have board exam was because the said course is technology dependent.
As we all know, technology changes so fast right now that creating an exam based on its theories and laws (if there's such thing) would normally change as time passes by. This means that the facts and ideas 6 months ago maybe considered obsolete for the next examination. In order to resolve this, CoE (now declared as CpE) usually takes exam for certifications such as CCNA and Microsoft related certificates. But it doesn't mean nor guarantee that we can be called as Engineers.
Though, I am not yet sure, a trusted source informed me that we are allowed to take ECE's board exam in order for us to gain the license but I haven't confirmed it yet.
'Engr' TitleI can remember that my professors who took up and graduated as Computer Engineer uses the title Engr./Engineer on their names. Based on wikipedia, the said title are only allowed or permitted when you are registered or licensed. Following this idea, having a doctor who uses his title even if he is not registered is strictly not allowed by the law.
Now the question again is, "Are we Engineers?".
Nationally Recognized SocietyLet's narrow down this issue on the Philippines right now. Based from what I know (as of this writing), there is no registered and nationally recognized society or association for CoE. Usually we are tagged up to ECE's association known as IECEP (Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers of the Philippines).
ECE vs EE vs CoE, which is which?Being tied up to ECE, it is always an issue whether the CoE are actually under the ECE.
Based on the book, early before computers and mobile devices where born, there is no such thing as ECE nor CoE. The closest profession under engineering related to the two profession is EE (Electrical Engineering).
Reading the history further, ECE and CoE are sub-branches of EE and so, that makes it ECE and CoE only on the same level. That means that CoE is not under ECE nor vice versa.
Based on the description above, we can state that though connected to each other, the said profession are different based on their field of expertise.
Now, are we entitled to be called engineers? What can you say?