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My 15yr Old Daughter Wants To Be an Engineer

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My 15yr Old Daughter Wants To Be an Engineer

We live in Ontario.
She gets 85%+ grades in Math/Science in Grade 9.
What advice can I give her other than keep taking all the Math and Science courses?
Also, and other advice is welcomed IE any extra curricular courses ; bursaries for young women etc.
I have $50k for her in RESP but am afraid it won't be near enough.
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Start volunteering. It will give her advantage when competing for COOP placements. No company expects a 1st/2nd year student has any industry experience. But some work experience is alway more desireable than nothing.
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I wouldn't worry too much about that. OSAP will help.

Good that she's interested in maths and sciences. Engineering is a great launch point to almost any career path. Oddly enough, traditional engineering itself as a career is in a pretty sad state in Ontario.
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According to the PEng Ontario, 33% of engineering grads are working in their engineering field. There is a saturation and she will have to do extra to stand apart. Co-Op will be big and taking advantage of programs geared towards women in STEM.

"Engineering" Technician seems to be a better path. Divx on RFD is an engineer that you can PM.
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Chickennbeans wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 9:52 pm
I wouldn't worry too much about that. OSAP will help.

Good that she's interested in maths and sciences. Engineering is a great launch point to almost any career path. Oddly enough, traditional engineering itself as a career is in a pretty sad state in Ontario.
Will OSAP still help if household income is over $130k?
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raichu1 wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 9:54 pm
According to the PEng Ontario, 33% of engineering grads are working in their engineering field. There is a saturation and she will have to do extra to stand apart. Co-Op will be big and taking advantage of programs geared towards women in STEM.

"Engineering" Technician seems to be a better path. Divx on RFD is an engineer that you can PM.
WOW - I am surprised it is so low. O would have thought 80%, not 33%.
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Umm, what kind of engineer does she want to be?
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ronatola wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 10:11 pm
Will OSAP still help if household income is over $130k?
There should be a calculator on the OSAP website (if I remember correctly) to help you estimate... but from friends' experiences their parents income was >100k and didn't get approved for loans (this was more than 5 years ago though)
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ronatola wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 8:29 pm
She gets 85%+ grades in Math/Science in Grade 9.
What advice can I give her other than keep taking all the Math and Science courses?
She'll need to boost her marks to get into the top Engineering programs in Ontario (UofT, UW, Queen's, etc.):

From UofT's annual engineering reporting: The mean entering average of incoming Ontario secondary school students was 93.2%, up from 92.4% in the two previous years. McMaster is slightly lower, but the cut off for consideration is "a minimum of high 80s ". Waterloo of course is in the stratosphere. Ryerson is a possibility at 85.7% average or one of the lesser program like Carleton, Lakehead, etc.

Take all math and science course, but also have extra-curricular to round it out. Also start volunteering and participate in the school's robotics and programming teams.

When applying, make sure she takes a co-op program, it really helps the resume upon graduation.

ronatola wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 10:12 pm
WOW - I am surprised it is so low. O would have thought 80%, not 33%.
A lot of engineers are not doing traditional engineering per se, but it's still a great degree for the general work place, especially in IT. Engineering degrees also make working in the US easy since it's a TN class.

As for OSAP, $50K RESP should be enough with co-op.
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ronatola wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 10:12 pm
WOW - I am surprised it is so low. O would have thought 80%, not 33%.
Schools have been handing out degrees like candy same with MBAs. At the same, time employers aren't handing out jobs like candy.
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raichu1 wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 11:02 pm
Schools have been handing out degrees like candy same with MBAs. At the same, time employers aren't handing out jobs like candy.
Engineering graduates still make very decent money - better than most other degrees.
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1. Find out why she is interested in engineering. Does she even understand what engineering is?
2. Find out what kind of engineering she is into.
3. Find volunteer / co-op placement with technical positions.
4. If she is still interested, practice with internet courses.
5. Learn CAD, project management, communication, etc.
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coolspot wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 11:02 pm
Engineering graduates still make very decent money - better than most other degrees.
Never said they didn't.
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Shes a girl, so she already has a leg up. Her marks are good, I wouldn't be worried about that.

Very few engineering graduates end up getting their p.eng knowadays, but it's still better than most degrees.
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ronatola wrote:
Apr 25th, 2018 8:29 pm
We live in Ontario.
She gets 85%+ grades in Math/Science in Grade 9.
What advice can I give her other than keep taking all the Math and Science courses?
Also, and other advice is welcomed IE any extra curricular courses ; bursaries for young women etc.
I have $50k for her in RESP but am afraid it won't be near enough.
Co-op placements and job shadowing.
There are many branches (electrical, civil, systems, computer, etc.) within engineering schools. Your daughter should get some exposure on what it's really like out there so she can pick the right branch.
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