The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer dates back to 1922, when seven past-presidents of the Engineering Institute of Canada attended a meeting in Montreal with other engineers. They­ felt that an organization was needed to bind all members of the engineering profession in Canada more closely together. They also felt that an obligation or statement of ethics to which a young graduate in engineering could subscribe should be developed. They asked Rudyard Kipling for his assistance in developing a suitably dignified obligation and ceremony for its undertaking. Kipling was very enthusiastic in his response and shortly produced both an obligation and a ceremony formally entitled “The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.” The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer has been instituted with the simple end of directing the newly qualified engineer toward a consciousness of the profession and its social significance and indicating to the more experienced engineer their responsibilities in welcoming and supporting the newer engineers when they are ready to enter the profession.

The Ritual is administered by a body called The Corporation of the Seven Wardens Inc./Société des Sept Gardiens Inc. The Corporation is responsible for administering and maintaining the Ritual and, in doing so, creates camps in various locations in Canada. The Ritual is not connected with any university or any engineering organization; the Corporation is an entirely independent body.

The Iron Ring has been registered and may be worn on the little finger of the working hand by any engineer who has been obligated at an authorized ceremony of the Ritual of the Calling of the Engineer. The ring symbolizes the pride that engineers have in their profession, while simultaneously reminding them of their humility. The ring serves as a reminder to the engineer and others of the engineer’s obligation to live by a high standard of professional conduct.


For EngFrosh and certain special events, the students of C-Eng gallantly band together and bathe in a glorious purple dye. This perfectly harmless concoction creates a jolly band of purple people, happy to cheer, dance, and welcome the new first-years to Carleton Engineering. The colour purple has long symbolized royalty, honour, bravery, Barney the dinosaur, and loyalty. It has been adopted by engineers as a representation of their commitment to public safety and innovation. (And it looks pretty bad-ass.)


Lady Godiva is worshipped by engineering students and appears regularly in the engineering hymn. Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. As the story goes, Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband’s oppressive taxation. She appealed again and again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls. At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and ride through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word and she rode through the town, clothed only in her long hair. In the end, Godiva’s husband kept his word and abolished the onerous taxes.


We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the engineers,

We can, we can, we can, we can demolish forty beers.

Drink rum! (Drink rum!) Drink rum! (Drink rum!)

And come along with us,

For we don’t give a damn for any old man, who don’t give a damn for us!



Godiva was a lady who through Coventry did ride,

To show all of the villagers her lovely lily white hide.

The most observant man of all, an engineer of course,

Was the only one to notice that Godiva rode a horse.




Godiva woke next morning and she had an awful head,

Decided to be sensible and spend the day in bed.

The only ones to visit her and brings her lots of cheer,

Were the broken-down surveyor and the bloodshot engineer.




The modern engineer must be politically correct.

No more motors lubricating, no more buildings rise erect,

No more electrical capacitors whose plates are high and fair.

Instead of problem solving, let’s just sit around and care.




Now you’ve heard our story and you know we’re engineers,

And like all good jolly fellows, we drink our whiskey clear.

We drink to every fellow who comes here from far and near,


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Mandated by a meeting of the members and purchased in 2006, the Gong is the symbol and mascot of the Carleton Student Engineering Society. The Gong opens all of our important events, including EngFrosh, General Meetings, National Engineering Week, and more. It is brought in travel form to conferences as a symbol of our spirit and pride.

Typically, the President of CSES is the only member who may ring the Gong with the designated mallet. However, under special circumstances, general members may ring the Gong. This is only done with the permission of the President and under supervision of an executive member.


Easily the most recognizable jackets on campus, our engineering jackets are dark red leather and come with a removable liner for multi-season use! (Also, you look really, really cool!) All jackets read "Carleton Engineering" on the back and have Carleton's crest emblazoned on the breast. The sleeves are customized with your grad/class year, your stream of study (including design streams), bands on your working wrist, and an optional name bar! Also available in women's style & cut!

We do ONE ORDER of C-Eng Jackets a year (in OCTOBER!) so be sure to keep an eye out for the jacket fitting info in the fall!


A custom-engraved Pewter Mug is CSES's personal gift to every graduate! As a token of our congratulations, come and order a mug (fully engraved with your name, engineering stream, and graduation year! How much? NO cost to you! Like we said: it's our gift to you!


You can take part in our Pewter Mug Chug at Reflections and continue to enjoy this special gift for years to come! Orders take place in CSES mid-fall and mid-winter. Ask your VP Internal for specific dates!

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Flightsuits are the glorious blue coveralls that C-Eng students wear with pride. These fashionable outfits are awarded to students who get involved in the engineering community. They are embellished with a large "Carleton Engineering" patch on the back and equipped with ~eighty-six pockets for your storage needs. The front of each flightsuit shows off the wearer’s callsign (the unique nickname awarded to students with “special” qualities or that have done “special” things during their time here at Carleton.) It’s easy to get a callsign–just be yourself and someone will notice how awesome you are. That, or eat something funky.

Flightsuits are a way of showing everyone who you are: a Carleton engineering student with a lot of pride and spirit. No matter where you go, everyone recognizes the flightsuit as a symbol of engineering. Many other schools also have their own versions.


Get yourself a Passport! They are available for a limited time in Alexander's Office at the beginning of each school year. Participate in your stream society, attend events and competitions, or volunteer with CSES and you’ll get a stamp in your Passport. If you have enough stamps at the end of the year, you’ll get yourself a swanky flightsuit and confuse the heck out of your parents when you come home wearing it.


To make an even bigger statement, personalize it. Don’t just wear it, cover it with patches and badges. Show off what you’re involved in and who you are. Your flightsuit isn’t just another piece of clothing... It is you, so adorn it accordingly.


Every year, the Flightsuit Ceremony is held in the early fall to honour those who have earned or retained Flightsuit status, and to elect the next year’s Flightsuit Committee. Come out, meet your fellow Flightsuits, and enjoy the party that follows. Perhaps one day you might even have the pride of serving on Committee.

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The goal of the Carleton Student Engineering Society (CSES) is to provide our members (undergraduate engineering students of Carleton) with academic, professional, and social resources to help them make the most of their four (or more) years at Carleton. 


Carleton Student Engineering Society (CSES)

3390 Mackenzie Building

Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa, Ontario

K1S 5B6

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