Across Canada, there is a wide range of engineering disciplines that are employed in the private and public sectors. Engineering jobs can be found in all provinces and territories, from coast to coast. However, you will find that the demand for certain disciplines of engineering will vary depending on your location in Canada. For example, you can expect that the demand for naval engineers will be higher in coastal areas, such as in British Colombia or in the Maritimes. Petroleum or mining engineers are generally concentrated in Alberta, but also in Saskatchewan and up north in the Northwest Territories and in the Yukon.
When considering your move to Canada, it is important to factor in the discipline of engineering that you are specialized in, and where in Canada that discipline has the most demand. This can increase your chances of finding a suitable job in your sector and area of expertise.
Engineering in Canada offers a wide range of specializations. These specializations can be found in a broad range of settings such as government, education, private sector and as independent practitioners. Some disciplines of engineering include (but are not limited to):
Regardless of the engineering discipline you wish to work in, you must receive a license from your province or territory’s engineering association. This applies to people who have been educated in Canada and those who come from international backgrounds. You can however work in engineering in Canada before you receive your licence or register with your province or territory’s professional body, as long as you are supervised by a certified professional engineer (P.Eng).
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