Engineering Your Career:Everything you need to knowabout hatching your career in Engineering Presented by:
TalentEgg.ca is Canada’s leading job board and online careerresource for students and recent graduates looking for careerhatching opportunities.We work with hundreds of Canada’s top employers, and we’rededicated to helping students navigate the sometimes messyschool-to-work transition.That’s why we created Engineering Your Career– a guide tohelp you land your dream job in engineering.So what are you waiting for? Get cracking! Be sure to take advantage of the Relevant Reads section on each page. These additional resources provide a ton of important info to help you in your job search!And keep your eyes peeled for tips and tricks onthe bottom of each page!
Good news for engineering graduates: there are a growing numberof job opportunities for Mechanical, Civil, Mining and ChemicalEngineers, among other disciplines.So, aside from the technical knowledge of the field, what skills arein-demand?Mechanical Engineers: Imagination and good critical judgementskills, versatility, self-reliance, communication skills, problemsolving skills, teamwork and computer skills.Civil Engineers: Specific software knowledge, staying on top ofindustry innovations.Chemical Engineers: Scientific and methodical mind, analyticalskills, problem solving skills, teamwork and communication skills,innovative thinking.Fun fact: Though engineering is known for being a male-dominated profession, approximately 1 in 5 current engineeringstudents is female! Relevant Reads: Infographic: A promising future in engineering Albertas skilled labour shortage: An opportunity for youth Career tips for engineering studentsTalentEgg Tip: Bookmark TalentEgg’s EngineeringCareer Guide for free engineering career resources
With so many career options in engineering, how do you knowwhich path is the one for you? By trying them out throughinternships and co-op placements, of course!There are tons of benefits to completing work-terms while still inschool, including: • Gain relevant experience before you graduate • Try out different engineering roles and companies • Learn from industry professionals • Build your professional networkOh, and the pay cheque doesn’t hurt, either! Depending on theinternship or co-op program, you can expect to make an average of$2,500 to $4,500 per month. Relevant Reads: How 6 co-op terms impacted this Waterloo Engineering grads career Calgary engineering students internship experience at Suncor Energy How internships led to full time work at Talisman Energy for one gradTalentEgg Tip: Search for Engineering internshipsand co-ops on TalentEgg!
We know you’re interested in engineering, but to land your dreamjob you also need to be able to create an effective marketingdocument: your resume!Every industry has it’s own expectations on what should – andshould not – be included in a resume. Here are our top tips for aneffective engineering resume: • Display your personality and originality through your experiences and accomplishments • Showcase specialties using specific examples • Be relevant and action-oriented – show accomplishments • Change your summary section for every job you apply toNow that you’ve perfected your engineering resume, it’s time to gothe extra mile and stand out to potential employers.One of the best ways to do this is by joining an engineering societyor other student group and getting involved! You’ll enhance yourskills, make connections in your industry and gain experiences tobeef up your resume. Relevant Reads: How to write a resume that hiring software can read How to improve the hobbies and interests section of your resume How to write a strong resumeTalentEgg Tip: Edit, edit, edit your resume!
Whether you’re interviewing for a co-op job or your first entry levelposition, engineering interviews are a whole new ball game. Themajor difference between engineering interviews and other jobinterviews is the technical content.You may be asked to solve one or two problems on the spot, orcomplete a booklet of technical questions while your interviewerwatches and checks your answers.Sound nerve-wracking? Prepare for your interview by: • Researching all aspects related to the job description • Learning about what the company does and specific details of the area or group that you’re being interviewed for • Reviewing your previous work experience and details of your projects • Studying your notes and textbook material relating to the job to help prepare for technical questions Relevant Read: What Vales recruiters look for when hiring Engineers-in-Training How to practice and prepare for interviews 10 tips to prepare for job interviewsTalentEgg Tip: Bombed the interview?Here’s how to recover.
Another important part of preparing for an interview is knowing your salary expectations. Your salary will vary depending on your field, your role, how much experience you have and where you will work. To give you an idea of what to expect, here are some average entry level (0-3 years of experience) engineering salaries in major Canadian cities: Toronto Montreal Vancouver Edmonton CalgarySoftware $62,837 $63,079 $66,469 $54,418 $64,871Mechanical $66,493 $66,749 $70,337 $61,817 $61,817Electrical $66,944 $68,178 $71,842 $63,140 $70,117Manufacturing $63,857 $64,103 $67,548 $59,366 $65,919Chemical $80,289 $80,599 $84,930 $74,643 $82,883Environmental $64,150 $64,397 $67,585 $59,638 $66,211Civil $59,943 $60,174 $63,407 $55,727 $57,748 Source: Salary.com Relevant Reads: Entry level salaries in the petroleum industry Average starting salaries for engineering jobs in Calgary TalentEgg Tip: Don’t like your offer? Here are some negotiating tips.
Have some questions about a specific employer? Looking foradditional ways to stand out and have recruiters rememberyour name? Start engaging with them on Twitter!Check out our list of engineering-related accounts to follow onTwitter, then start connecting by mentioning them in yourtweets and sharing interesting industry content.Interested in the oil and gas industry? TalentEgg has youcovered there, too! Click here to see a list of oil and gastweeps.And of course, make sure to follow TalentEgg on Twitter for allthe latest engineering jobs and career resources! Relevant Reads: Attract employers using social media How to makeover your LinkedIn profile How to use Pinterest to find a job Why every student and new grad should be using TwitterTalentEgg Tip: Learn how to protect your onlinereputation.
You’re on your way to hatching your career inengineering!Here are a few more Relevant Reads to help you land yourdream job:Inside a recent engineering grads career with GoldcorpEverything you need to know about P.Eng. certificationWhat its like to work at BHP Billitons EKATI Diamond MineHow to answer some of your most difficult job interview questionsMake networking a habit Find us online!