Not sure what’s next after graduation? Consider applying to an Engineer Intern Training (EIT) program!
Making the transition from school to work can be a huge challenge for aspiring Engineers. EIT programs are designed to help young professionals bridge that gap, and help them earn their Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) license. This title allows individuals to practice Engineering in the province or territory they obtained it in. However, 4 years of field experience are required in order to get that license.
As an EIT, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with Senior Engineers, explore the field, and gain the work experience you need to officially hatch your career as a Professional Engineer. Interested? Read on to learn more about these egg-citing programs!
What’s an EIT program?
EIT programs are offered throughout Canada, but specific details, such as how long you can be in the program and the role of the mentor, varies between each province and territory. In most places, EIT programs are not mandatory, but they are still a popular method for getting the required experience for a P. Eng. designation.
Be sure to check the details for your region’s EIT program to see if you qualify. It’s important to check if the fees are within your budget, or if you fulfill their language requirements. Overall, they’re a great way to earn real field experience and access help from industry professionals.
How do I apply?
There are many Engineering companies that host EIT programs, and graduates can usually apply directly to them. The only exception is Ontario, which requires applicants to apply through their license application – from there, they can enroll in an EIT program.
There is an application fee and an annual fee, but the exact cost varies by province and territory; application requirements and time specifications also vary. After you successfully submit your application, your submission will be screened, and you will be interviewed – maybe more than once – before landing a position.
How do I make the most of the experience?
So you’re officially an EIT! This is a great opportunity, so you should take advantage of it. You’ll be surrounded by Managers and Senior Engineers, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. Some regions even require EITs to be supervised by a P. Eng. and they’re an excellent resource for learning on the job.
In addition, make sure you know the details of your EIT program and do lots of research before you start. For example, you’re required to record your work experience – this helps verify that you have completed the requirements for your P. Eng. by the end of the program. However, it’s recorded differently depending on the region so ensure you’re following the correct procedure from day one.
Furthermore, you need to be adaptable – EITs get to dabble in different Engineering disciplines, so this is the best chance you have to figure out what fits you the best. Trying a little bit of everything will help you get a better idea of what you want to work in after getting your P. Eng.
While it’s still possible to earn your P. Eng. without an EIT program, you likely won’t have access to the same resources. Be sure to take advantage of this amazing program!