(Original post by WrigglyMammoth)
1. One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.
2. One who operates an engine.
3. One who skillfully or shrewdly manages an enterprise.
argue with the facts
Yes, that is simply because engineer is not a professionally protected term.
An engineer is a professional who is practiced in the field of engineering. Engineering is "applying advanced scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems".
But I really don't see the problem. You asked me if I thought they were less worthy and I don't. I'm not being a snob, I'm not saying people who are, say, boiler technicians are not worthwhile. They certainly are. They perform a valuable job and one which can sometimes demand a higher salary than an engineer.
It's just that science and engineering in particular has a very bad image in this country. The term is misused so much that people have become confused and don't know what engineering really is. This is not a good thing for our scientific heritage and progress and, as a result, it needs to be a protected term. Just like it is in many other developed countries