To practice in Canada, you must be licensed by the relevant professional provincial or territorial authority. You will be required to complete an accredited program of study, supervised work experience, and an examination in professional ethics. Bridging programs and other skills upgrading courses and workshops help you in obtaining licensure.
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You may possess strong technical skills, but often that is not enough to get a job or maintain it afterward. You may need more training or skills upgrading, especially regarding your soft skills.
Employers in Canada expect engineers to have advanced math and science skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, business writing and report writing skills, teamwork, critical thinking problem solving skills, and project management. It is advisable to learn or improve your knowledge of MS Office and AutoCAD as they are the most widely used programs in Canada.
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Many immigrants take further education after coming to Canada. Some even want to change careers or enhance their careers with a Ph.D or MBA.
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Bridging programs are a good way to transition from your international experience and training to the Canadian workplace. Many colleges, universities and immigrant-serving agencies offer engineering related bridging programs or workshops. You may be eligible for one. Do some research to find a program that’s suitable for you. If you are looking to increase your engineering skills in Canada then a bridging program is how you do it.
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) – Calgary
The Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program is an integrated training program that provides upgrading and Canadian work experience to help foreign educated professionals integrate into the local engineering industry. This program promotes employability and career development in the participants’ related engineering discipline.
Bredin Institute – Calgary
The Building Information Modeling (BIM) program is designed to bridge internationally educated engineering professionals into professional jobs as Engineering Designers or Drafters.The program is a 28-week course that integrates language training with different levels of computer software training, culminating with comprehensive training in the suite of Revit BIM software programs.
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN)
The program facilitates the professional accreditation and labour market access of internationally educated engineers through training, which meets local business demand by developing participants’ English language proficiency and assists in adapting and improving previously learned skills to Canadian Standards.
University of Manitoba
This program provides a pathway for immigrants with engineering credentials obtained outside of Canada to meet part of the licensing requirements for professional engineering practice in Manitoba.
This program helps internationally trained engineers learn about the engineering labour market and the licensure process in Ontario. Participants study effective job search strategies, workplace communication and employer expectations. In addition, the program provides workshops on project management, software for engineers and Canadian Engineering Codes.
This program provides internationally educated engineers with an opportunity to meet the academic requirements for professional engineering licensure in Ontario. It is offered in collaboration with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
This program assists internationally trained civil and electrical engineers prepare for employment in their professions with a part-time program. Training is provided in sector-specific skills such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, PLCs, MS-Project, Engineering Codes & Standards and Workplace Safety. Participants can also access assessment and advising services, mentorship opportunities and job search supports.
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Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
This program helps internationally trained engineers seeking licensure in Ontario to prepare for the Professional Practice Examination. Participants learn about the role and context of exam writing in Canada as well as legal and ethical practices in the workplace. Participants will also be prepared with the technical information needed to pass the exam.
University of Toronto
These programs help internationally trained engineers obtain the training required to get licensed and employed as professional engineers in Ontario. It offers Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering courses at the University of Toronto in lieu of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Confirmatory Examination Program. It also offers engineering-specific language training, workplace culture and communication training, technical engineering courses and preparation to write the Professional Practice Examination (PPE). Participants are also provided the opportunity to obtain Canadian work experience.