Statement of Objectives • Provide an overview of engineering opportunities within Western Canada, based on my anecdotal observations, • Provide some suggested avenues for career advancement.
Introductions Who are you?, presuming you are engineers: • Civil • Structural • Electrical • Mechanical/Piping • Process • Instrumentation & Controls • Other? • Career Status?
Introductions Mike Elsinga, P.Eng.: • Manager, Instrument & Controls @ Fransen • 24 years – BC, Alberta, Washington State • Managing around 30, involved in hiring, etc. • Company growth from 20 to 250+ • All heavy industries
Where Do Engineers Work? Urban Centers: • Operating Companies – Maintenance and CapEx, • Consulting • Government – Regulatory and Safety, Military • Education Richmond, BC Calgary, AB Prince George, BC Victoria, BC Edmonton, AB etc.
Where Do Engineers Work? Urban, Suburban Centers: • Operating Facilities – Operations, Maintenance and CapEx Chevron Burnaby Refinery, BC Kamloops Pulp Mill, BC Prince George, Trail, Nanaimo, Port Alberni BC
Where Do Engineers Work? Urban, Suburban Centers: • Research and Design Facilities TRIUMF UBC, BC EBCO, Richmond BC Ballard, Burnaby BC Numerous BC based research facilities – Batteries, Fuel Cells, Medical, Alternate Energy, Forest Products, Nuclear Not my thing, but maybe yours?
Heavy Industry in the Region Oil Oil Sands Pulp & Paper Natural Gas Chemical Power & Utilities Mining Mineral Processing Food & Beverage
Consulting Overview • Client Service Based • Need to understand the relationship • Technical Expertise required • Competitive • Deadline and Budget Driven • Pace has changed with technology • Exciting, variety, progression and growth • Major capital can by cyclical • People skills
Roles and Career Progressions Typical Consulting Roles Entry Level Client Liaison Technical Specialist Project Manager Business Owner Manager / Partner
Finding Your Home • Assess Your Strengths • Flexible in expectations • Fill the gaps, build, grow, get current and local qualifications • Match your skills to the marketplace • Sell yourself honestly