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.
Key training components include: technical and interpersonal communication protocols required in the Canadian workplace, intensive technical/technological skills upgrading, AutoCAD training at SAIT (Levels I - III) and a work experience placement.
The Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program continues to be endorsed by APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), and serves as a link to connect local engineering firms with engineers trained abroad.
To upgrade foreign educated engineers and provide Canadian work experience that would lead to employment and provincial licensing with APEGA.
- Foreign BSc., M.Sc., Ph.D Engineering, Geology or Geophysics
- Language benchmark, CLB 6-8
- Minimum 3 years foreign work experience
- EI recipients- past three years, parental benefits past five years
- Four months class room training:
- Technical and business communication
- Computer Training
- Speech Therapy
- Industry speakers / seminars / Industry tours
- Project Management Seminar
CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE
Three months work experience: Students will participate in Canadian work experience related to their discipline in engineering or in design and drafting.
PROGRAM FUNDED BY
The next information sessions will be held in Fall 2014!
For more information, contact:
Sholeh Mahdavi, Project Manager
T: 403.290.5110 ÂÂÂÂÂÂ //ÂÂÂÂÂÂ E:
T: 403.290.5111 ÂÂÂÂÂÂ //ÂÂÂÂÂÂ E:
Frequently Asked Questions:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ FAQs
ÂÂÂÂÂÂ FAQ #1:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Do I qualify for the Engineering and Technology Upgrading Program?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ If you meet the following criteria, you can attend an information session and complete the application form:
· Foreign BSc., M.Sc., Ph.D Engineering, Geology or Geophysics
· Canadian Language Benchmark, CLB 6-8 in all four testing areas
· Minimum 3 years foreign work experience
· EI recipients- past three years, parental benefits past five years
· Currently unemployed
FAQ #1:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Do I need to bring any documents with me?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ The only documents you need to bring are:
· A copy of your resume
· A copy of your most current language benchmark
FAQ #2: Can I pre-register for the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ No, there is no pre-registration for the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ The ONLY way to register for the program is to attend and information session and complete an application form.
FAQ #3:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ I am very qualified, why can't I be pre-selected?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ All of our candidates are very qualified and we have to treat everyone as fairly as possible.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ For that reason, we review every application individually so everyone has a fair chance.
FAQ #4:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Am I guaranteed a place in the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Due to the number of applicants (more than 200 a year), we cannot pre-select or guarantee spots in advance.
FAQ #5:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Which information session should I attend?ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Is it better if I attend the first information session?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Due to the number of applicants (historically, over 200) we have many information sessions.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Therefore, it does not matter which one you attend.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Select one that best fits into your calendar and just drop in.
FAQ #6:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Do I need to prepare anything?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Because the Engineering & Technology Upgrading Program is open to all engineering disciplines recognized by APEGGA, the questions have to be fair.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Therefore, the questions are generic and are based on engineering concepts and basic work practices.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ This way, any engineer, regardless of discipline, would be able to answer them.
FAQ #7:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ What happens after I complete the application form?
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Each application form is reviewed and some applicants will be selected for an interview.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ The interview selection will happen within one week.ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive we cannot interview each person who attends an information session and completes an application form.
FAQ #8:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Why do I need to provide a copy of the Canadian Language Benchmark test?ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ I got my degree from an English Language University or English is an official language of my home country.
Answer:ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Unfortunately, as the rules for the program are created by our funder,ÂÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂÂ AEI - a division of the Alberta Government, we are not able to get around this requirement.