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Engineering 2013 Career Trends

  1. 1. ENGINEERING 2013 CAREER TRENDSPresentation to the Professional Engineers of Ontario
  2. 2. About IME• We have over 1200Engineering andTechnical Contractors• We place 500professionals inpermanent positionsevery year
  3. 3. We provide our Candidates• In-depth process• Respectful & transparentinteraction and communication• A working relationship built onintegrity, trust andconfidentiality• Timely feedback• On-going support to ensuresuccess
  4. 4. We Provide our Clients• Access to top talent• Thorough & comprehensive searches• Proven networking capability• Trusted referral process• Extensive database• Value added services
  5. 5. Independent ContractorAn independent contractor (IC) is a person who contracts to perform services forothers without having the legal status of an employee. Most people who qualifyas independent contractors have their own trade, business, or profession -- thatis, they are in business for themselves
  6. 6. T4 EmployeeTraditional employer/employee relationship where the employer directs the workof the employee and pays the worker in accordance with Canada RevenueEmployment standards. This includes appropriate taxation, sick pay, vacationpay, employment insurance. There is usually no defined end date.
  7. 7. Advantages• Independence• Breadth of experience• You control length of contract• Less politics• Establish tax-advantaged retirement (tax breaksfor putting money away for retirement)• Increased income• Access to work at brand name companies• Increased personal referral network• Flexibility in hours worked or otheropportunities• Build Portfolio of ProjectsDisadvantages• Self provided benefits –retirement plan• Self provided health insurance, paid vacations,and sick leave• Demand for your skill set is subject to marketchanges which can cause uncertainty for longterm planning• Less opportunity to see and experience theimpact of your work• Required to interview on a frequent basis• Salary StagnationIndependent Contractor
  8. 8. Strategies to find the RIGHT jobWhat are your available resources1. Inventory of circle of friends – where have they been hired, are they also anew Canadian?2. LinkedIn – Look at your extended network, friends of friends, join groups3. Build an extended professional network – ask to join a managers network toa company you would like to be associated with, tell them why?4. Make a list of 10 companies you would like to work for in your career.Research the companies and find out who their competitors are. Apply to allof them5. Build a trusting relationship with select recruiters (trustworthy,knowledgeable, your best interest)6. Social Media – retweet an executive of a company – get noticed!
  9. 9. Labour Market TrendsWebsites to - Explore careers by wages, job - Employment patterns, unemployment - Who’s hiring, who’s - Innovation, conversation starters, future of technology
  10. 10. Canadian Wage LevelsWage levels for your occupation in all regions in CanadaCommunity/AreaWages ($/hr)P.EngLow Median HighCanada 21.63 33.41 55.29Alberta 25.00 38.46 60.63Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region 25.00 38.46 60.63 + $5-10/hourCalgary Region 24.23 40.38 60.63 + $5-10/hourCamrose--Drumheller Region N/A N/A N/AEdmonton Region 25.00 38.46 60.63 + $5-10/hourLethbridge--Medicine Hat Region 27.74 33.84 59.70 + $5-10/hourRed Deer Region 34.33 37.94 62.36 + $5-10/hourWood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region N/A N/A N/
  11. 11. Wage Levels In OntarioOntario 21.63 33.65 53.85 P.EngHamilton--Niagara PeninsulaRegion21.63 33.65 50.61 + $5-10/hourKingston - Pembroke Region 21.63 33.65 53.85 + $5-10/hourKitchener--Waterloo--BarrieRegion19.40 32.82 45.07 + $5-10/hourLondon Region 21.63 33.65 53.85 + $5-10/hourMuskoka-Kawarthas Region 21.63 33.65 53.85 + $5-10/hourNortheast Region 21.63 33.65 53.85 + $5-10/hourNorthwest Region 21.63 33.65 53.85 + $5-10/hourOttawa Region 21.63 33.65 53.85 + $5-10/hourStratford--Bruce PeninsulaRegion21.63 33.65 53.85 + $5-10/hourToronto Region 21.63 33.41 57.69 + $5-10/hourWindsor-Sarnia Region 27.00 36.92 48.08 + $5-10/hourJunior Intermediate
  12. 12. Trending Jobs in 2013• Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) hasidentified a number of new and emerging industry sectors in theeconomy including:• Aerospace• Biotechnology in agriculture, forestry, fishing and pharmaceuticals• Environment• Green energy technologies (green energy act of 2009)• Multimedia, particularly for mobile communications (infotainment)
  13. 13. Trending Jobs in 2013Power Distribution :– oil and gas, miningBased on North America Infrastructure Ex.) Transmission lines are over 50+ years oldPower Generation: – Nuclear – discussions around nuclear new build has opened doors for all nucleardisciplines – P.Eng a must have in these roles Electrical Civil Instrumentation and Control Mechanical Environmental – Environmental assessments for new buildManufacturing:Automation – more manufacturing positions are focused on automation, means less human positions in thefuture. Demand is higher for servicing and design of automation equipment and control systems.Automotive:Trend is moving to infotainment – computer automated vehicles, Bluetooth,Wi-Fi, GPS, reverse cameras
  14. 14. Employment Growth Q1
  15. 15. Are you a New Graduate?Companies that have new graduate programs – looking for “up and coming engineers”To prepare for engineering interviews, we recommend the following:• Research all aspects related to the job description so that you’re able to perform any tasks that theyask in the interview process.• Learn about what the company does on a high level as well as the details of the specific area or groupthat you’re being interviewed for.• Review previous work experience and know the details of your projects since interviewers will typicallyask about your role in a job and what you contributed to any previous employers.• Study any notes or textbook material relating to the job since technical questions and problem solvingis often involvedOften you will be given problems to solve, mathematical or otherwise – will you be prepared for this?
  16. 16. Lack of Canadian ExperienceCanadian Work Experience• Companies may have Canadian work expectations.Education• Accreditation – Credentials need to be qualified by a University for Degreeequivalency• Up to date with Canadian Codes and standardsSecurity Clearance• Need to have 5 years of continuous residence in Canada, especially for acareer in Nuclear or Aerospace Defense
  17. 17. SolutionsIf you dont have Canadian experience, you can……• Volunteer - While no one wants to work for free, you may want to consider this for a short while• Intern - A letter requesting an internship should be clear in what you can offer and should include arésumé that reflects your unique education, work experiences and occupational assets FYI - twopeople who are knowledgeable about résumés and letters see it before you send it.• Network - Join community groups, professional associations, interest clubs, sports teams or anyother groupings that will put you in contact with people you wouldnt ordinarily meet.• Portfolio – Create a professional looking binder that includes: Resume, references, praise letters,copies of your degrees and certificates, work samples and citizenship or visa (if applicable), Orgcharts.
  18. 18. Interview Tips1. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare - do your homework2. Take care of the basics – get directions, bring copy of resume to interview and lookprofessional3. Presentation Skills – Smile, firm handshake, positive body language4. Know your resume – Be prepared to discuss career history, projects you worked on,why you left the company etc.5. Listen6. Clear & concise answers7. Provide examples of past accomplishments - outline your skills, qualify them, andrelate skills to employers needs8. What are the 3 things an employer wants to know? - explain9. Compile a list of appropriate and educated questions – use the hiring manager as asource of information “ what are the most important components of the project?”10. Prove you are the right person for the job –Ultimate Goal – to have the employergenerate an offer for you
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