The Engineering and Technology Professions in Canada

May 25, 2014

Engineers, technologists and technicians all work together as members of the engineering team. The engineering and technology professions offer excellent opportunities for employment and career advancement in Canada.  Depending on your background, your academic credentials and experience may lead you to a career as a licensed engineer or alternatively they could lead you to a successful career as a professional applied science or engineering technologist or technician.

“Within the engineering team, It is not uncommon to see four or more engineering technologists employed for each  professional engineer.  Exploring the full range of technology career options in the engineering field may provide many more opportunities,” says Rick Tachuk, Director, Communications and Government Relations for the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). The CCTT recently launched an award winning online tool designed to help you find out where your engineering skills might fit within the engineering team and to discover your pathway to a successful career in the Engineering or Engineering Technology professions in Canada. The site is called Engineering Career Pathways.

Many new arrivals to Canada who are internationally trained engineers become licensed and find employment directly related to their field of work. However, this is not always the case as licensure as a professional engineer may require additional academic training which could take several months or years to complete. Another option is to consider choosing an alternative career pathway based on your existing skills that could provide more immediate employment with minimal or in some cases no additional academic training.

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Reference: World Education Services (WES)

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