Camp 18 Iron Ring

The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been a uniquely Canadian tradition for almost 100 years and is organized and guided by the Corporation of the Seven Wardens.

The Obligation Ceremony where Iron Rings are presented to new engineering graduates and other qualified candidates is held annually (and sometimes more often) in every Canadian community where engineering is taught, by one of 27 local “Camps.”  More than 440,000 Canadian engineers have undertaken the Obligation and received their Iron Rings in ceremonies across the country since 1922.

Camp 18 administers The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in Calgary, and held its first Obligation Ceremony in 1969. The Wardens of Camp 18 are all volunteers, drawn from the local engineering community.

Learn more about upcoming ceremonies >

Our next ceremony will be March 16, 2019. Information on that ceremony will be available in January 2019.

The Iron Ring

Iron Rings are worn by most Canadian engineers, reminding those who wear it – and those interested in the practice of engineering – of their ethical obligation to live and work to a high standard of professional conduct and public service.

The Iron Ring is not a symbol of legal qualification and registration to practise, which is the exclusive responsibility of provincial and territorial licensing bodies.

Q: I lost my Iron Ring. Now what?

We can help with that! Head to to the Ring Replacement page, fill out the form, and we’ll have your new ring on the way as fast as we can.

More information about the history of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer is available on our About page and also at the Corporation of the Seven Wardens website.