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What can someone with an engineering degree do?

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spiralspirit wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 5:38 pm

Engineering is an accredited degree - if there are schools graduating people who aren't employable, that's on Engineers Canada/CEAB (who accredits programs) to intervene.
Tell that to a UOIT or Lakehead grad that companies don't give preference to UW/UT and etc
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automotive ship hasn't sailed, if you still want to build that ship

go do a post grad and you'll be back in the game in no time.

i'd rather give that dice a roll than constantly going to work at a job where it sounds like it's mental hell tbh.

on another note, a few of my friends with an Eng bg works in banks; helps to have an MBA though.
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Bros (because engineers are predominantly male), count cards.

Haven't you watched like any movies? You guys are supposed to be whiz kids with this number counting and stuff.

And you could always join a Bank ... they can always use young, bright, energetic minds to solve pressing real world problems, like solving credit card balance roll offs and data driven segmentation models to maximize cross sell! Just think of the wonderful things you'll get to do in a comfy cubicle working 35hrs a week!
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Doubleshot wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 6:06 pm
Tell that to a UOIT or Lakehead grad that companies don't give preference to UW/UT and etc
I find the employment prospects are very similar in Engineering across the board. For example, completing a mining engineering degree at uoft to compared to laurentian will likely net you the same chance of getting a job.
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Doubleshot wrote:
Apr 16th, 2017 7:19 pm
I wouldn't say typcial.... My friends who went to school with me all graduated from engineering are working in engineering jobs...A lot are in consulting with firms like exp/wsp/schueffers,tmig etc , few are in industry with companies like husky, others are at big3 telcos, and a handful in civil with companies like aecon or govt

I don't know of any engineer friends who had to leave to find work..They get offers to go elsewhere but like it here and stay

So many jobs for engineers in Ontario ...But most don't know where to look since they don't know to look for companies in industry and only know to apply to consulting companies who hire top tier talent only ...And after 5-8 yrs move on to principal at other place

Except me...I went to Alberta for a couple years at ConocoPhillips before I managed to get out of that hellhole of a province and worked around the world on secondment until I returned to Ontario now in land development
alberta is not for everyone, i worked there too, there isn't much in fort mac except $$$, if rolling in the dole is enough to satisfy you, then you would have stayed longer.
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Doubleshot wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 6:06 pm
Tell that to a UOIT or Lakehead grad that companies don't give preference to UW/UT and etc
You're totally missing the point.

These students from lakehead/etc would be fine if there were starting jobs they could get into to get the necessary experience they need for any shortcomings in their education (which shouldn't exist, if the CEAB was doing its job). The problem is not the school name - the problem is lack of opportunity for new engineers, and nothing being done about it.

It's fine if companies prefer some schools over others, if there are jobs for those others to pick up elsewhere to get the necessary skills. The crisis comes develops when there is nowhere for new grads to move into - an engineering degree has a shelf life if you aren't using it.
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Doubleshot wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 6:06 pm
Tell that to a UOIT or Lakehead grad that companies don't give preference to UW/UT and etc
You're actually confirming what everyone else has been saying with your statement. If only UOIT and Lakehead grads can get jobs, obviously there's a huge underlying issue with there not being enough opportunities available.

I've found it to be true as well. Literally zero of my engineering friends are doing something in their field.. majority are working in banking, marketing or sales.
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superfresh89 wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 8:08 am
You're actually confirming what everyone else has been saying with your statement. If only UOIT and Lakehead grads can get jobs, obviously there's a huge underlying issue with there not being enough opportunities available.

I've found it to be true as well. Literally zero of my engineering friends are doing something in their field.. majority are working in banking, marketing or sales.
Or is it that they can't get jobs due to their chosen school?

But yes the market is tight but not so tight that companies will just hire anyone with a pulse
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Doubleshot wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 8:13 am
Or is it that they can't get jobs due to their chosen school?
Yes, exactly! That's the whole problem.

If only 2 of the 48 engineering schools in Canada produce employable grads, that leaves over 95% of engineers unemployed or not working in their fields.
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The problem is also on part of employers who want everyone to be performing at 100% from day one.
I am an engineering graduate myself, albeit in a relatively easier field of computers and IT, but I know the pain a fresher has to go through.

If you are not lucky enough to get a job while still at campus, it becomes a pain later on.
Every employer wants the applicant to already know a plethora of technologies and also have hands-on experience.

But that experience will not come on it's own. Someone has to give zero work-exp people a chance to train and learn.

I can only guess how difficult it must be in non-IT/Computer streams.
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Doubleshot wrote:
Apr 17th, 2017 6:06 pm
Tell that to a UOIT or Lakehead grad that companies don't give preference to UW/UT and etc
superfresh89 wrote:
Apr 19th, 2017 8:08 am
You're actually confirming what everyone else has been saying with your statement. If only UOIT and Lakehead grads can get jobs, obviously there's a huge underlying issue with there not being enough opportunities available.
I should point out that there's a numbers game here. UWaterloo and UofT pump out a lot of engineering grads. And those people can be biased to hire new grads from their own alma mater. I went to a smaller school and this is one of the observations the co-op department had made. Now that some of our own grads were getting into higher management positions, it was becoming more easy for current students to get more co-op placements, due to people hiring from their own schools.

If you went to UofT or UWaterloo, especially in co-op, you will have a better chance of being ahead in the experience and connections game - this both means you'll be more employable and have a better chance of being employed in your field.

I'm not saying that other schools are 'bad' or anything (especially since I went to a smaller school), but life isn't fair, and people with equal educational knowledge don't necessarily win equally in the job market.
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