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Old 08-14-2011, 10:50 PM
 
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Hello,

I was wondering what everyone thinks are the best cities for employment as an engineer in Canada, especially for someone fresh out of university with a bachelors degree. I know that Calgary and Edmonton are good, but what about Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal? For either electrical engineering or chemical engineering. What city pays the highest salary and has easily attainable jobs for engineering? Of course we need to also factor in cost of living, since living in Vancouver is much more expensive than living in Calgary.

Thanks.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Engineering went international several years ago. My two buddies in Vancouver (HA Simons) have been in the United States for several years. My cousin just retired from Chemical Engineering, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. You can have his job!
Alberta everwhere needs Engineers, but the stimulus money is being spent in Ontario and Quebec.
A placement agency should be able to put lots of choices in front of you, as well as give you the upside on what's going on in the industry.
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Old 08-19-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Back & Forth
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hello - In Calgary, you will not have a problem finding a job. The Engineers I work with are constantly being offered better paying jobs at competing companies. As a new Engineer, you would be valuable. Alberta, BC & Sask pay well $$$.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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Hello all, I am in the UK now but am thinking of moving to Canada after my engineering degree. Here in the UK it is common for most oil firms to want mechanical and structural engineers for their companies and so there are many more jobs when compared to chemical engineers, so i chose mechanical. I am worried that when I go to Canada it will be a different game and they will say "what has mechanical got to do with oil? we want chemical engineers". Since you guys seem to work with engineers in those firms, can you tell me if I would be ok in Canada getting into oil and gas with a mechanical degree or if i should think of switching to chemical? - Phil
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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Job prospects often depend on how you did in university. Pretty much all of the well known oil companies have offices in St. John's, and from what I've heard if you don't have experience then you need to have honours to get a a job.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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Hello all, I am in the UK now but am thinking of moving to Canada after my engineering degree. Here in the UK it is common for most oil firms to want mechanical and structural engineers for their companies and so there are many more jobs when compared to chemical engineers, so i chose mechanical. I am worried that when I go to Canada it will be a different game and they will say "what has mechanical got to do with oil? we want chemical engineers". Since you guys seem to work with engineers in those firms, can you tell me if I would be ok in Canada getting into oil and gas with a mechanical degree or if i should think of switching to chemical? - Phil
Perhaps the best way to approach this is to look at engineering jobs in Alberta or Newfoundland and see which engineering degree they are looking for. If you are interested in geting into the oil and gas field then you should also look at the petroleum engineering degree . . .

Here are Mechanical Engineer Jobs in Alberta
and Chemical Engineering Jobs in Alberta and all engineering together: Canada's leading job site for $100K+ Engineering Jobs.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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Hey thanks guys. I did look into changing my degree to petroleum engineering but as far as I can tell there are hardly any petroleum engineers in Canada and the states (28,000 in the entire states). With this climate I would much rather have a job that hold out for the top few highest paid jobs. Also, don't know if I'm smart enough for petroleum / chemical degree.

I just hope my bachelors is transferable and accepted in Canada - University of Aberdeen!

P.S. My girlfriend is Canadian and just told me that honors means roughly over 70% in grades? We call the actual degree an "honors degree" so got confusing there. I think that would mean the equivalent of a 1st degree or a 2.1 (A or B+). I already have a 2.1 degree in biology so am hoping that will slightly make me stick out from the crowd, though am dreading the question "why did you change career?" - money.

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Old 03-11-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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Job prospects often depend on how you did in university. Pretty much all of the well known oil companies have offices in St. John's, and from what I've heard if you don't have experience then you need to have honours to get a a job.
In Alberta, experience counts for MUCH MORE than your university grades. They really only care about your grades for your first job, and even then, only the super majors take them seriously.

That said, petroleum engineers are in HUGE demand in Canada. The thing is though that they might not refer to them as such.

Look for job listing for "Reservoir Engineers." This is IMHO the number one most wanted profession the O&G companies are looking to fill at the moment.

Also remember, corporate Canada is notorious for its lack of employee training. If you can show you are already trained, that will get you thru the door more than anything.
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:25 AM
 
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...Also remember, corporate Canada is notorious for its lack of employee training. If you can show you are already trained, that will get you thru the door more than anything.
This is the second time you have made this statement and it is news to me that Canada is "notorious" for lack of training. I always received excellent training for any job I was ever hired for in Canada, including when I worked in Alberta for three years in a natural gas lab.

Could you please clarify exactly what you are referring to?
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Calgary, AB
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This is the second time you have made this statement and it is news to me that Canada is "notorious" for lack of training. I always received excellent training for any job I was ever hired for in Canada, including when I worked in Alberta for three years in a natural gas lab.

Could you please clarify exactly what you are referring to?
Faculty of Business Administration | Memorial University business professors say lack of training a concern

Fading Productivity: Making Sense of Canada

Here are a couple of articles referencing peer reviewed studies on the topic.
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