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Engineering Connections

Engineering Connections is designed to support internationally-trained engineering professionals to succeed in the Canadian labour market. The program provides participants with important insights into Canadian workplace culture, engineering codes and standards, the Canadian project management environment, and professional licensing in Ontario. There are three streams in the program: Workplace Essentials for Engineers (ELT), Labour Market Access (Job Search) and Project Management.

The Engineering Connections: Project Management is a bridge-to-work program designed to serve internationally-trained engineering professionals who are seeking a position in the engineering project management sector. The program includes academic training delivered in partnership with Ryerson University on the Fundamentals of Project Management and PMP Exam Preparation, along with an overview of the Canadian labour market, job search process and connections with professionals from the engineering/project management fields. The unique program satisfies the PMP certificate requirement of 35 hours of Project Management education and the participants will also gain experience working in groups on assigned project as part of experiential learning platform.

Engineering is a regulated profession in Canada and you need a license to work as a professional engineer. Each province and territory of Canada has its own regulatory structure to govern the practice of engineering. For example, in Ontario it is PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) that is the regulatory body for the sector. You need to apply directly to the appropriate provincial regulatory authority to become licensed as an engineer in Canada.

ACCES Employment’s Engineering Connections program is an established resource for newcomers with a strong track record of employing graduates at leading engineering companies in roles that reflect their experience.

Program Benefits:

This program provides participants with an overview of the Health & Safety Codes and Standards, different Engineering Codes and Standards and Project Management principles. Through this program, participants will enhance knowledge of the Canadian engineering sector and labour market, job search strategies and professional licensing in Ontario, and get access to customized job search support and one-on-one career coaching from an employment consultant who is knowledgeable about the sector. Additionally, participants are connected with engineering employers and professionals to support them with acquiring new skills and knowledge of the Canadian work environment, mentoring and expanding their professional networks and finding employment.

Program Eligibility:

WEE

  • CLB 6 (less than 7)
  • Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee-Protected Person
  • Post-secondary education in Engineering from outside Canada
  • Minimum 1-year experience in the engineering field from outside Canada

LMA

  • CLB 7 and above
  • Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee-Protected Person
  • Post-secondary education in Engineering from outside Canada
  • Minimum 1-year experience in the engineering field from outside Canada

PM

  • CLB 7 and above
  • Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee-Protected Person, Refugee Claimant with 1-year work permit, naturalized Canadian citizens
  • Post-secondary education in Engineering from outside Canada
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience managing projects in the Engineering field outside Canada

Program Fees:

  • There are no fees associated with the Job Search and Workplace Communication Training components of the program.
  • The fee for the Project Management component is $400. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program.
  • All books and materials are included or available on-loan to participants at no additional cost.
  • All other costs related to the program and employment services are generously funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. The fee represents a small proportion (approximately 10 per cent) of the overall cost of the program. Engineering Connections is funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and delivered in partnership with Ryerson University and Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and Seneca College.

Engineering Connections is funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Program Delivery Schedule:

Mississauga

  • April 6 to May 15, 2020:  WEE 1
  • May 25 to July 3, 2020:  LMA 2
  • July 13 to August 21, 2020:  LMA 3
  • September 14 to October 23, 2020:  WEE 4
  • November 2 to December 11, 2020:  LMA 5
  • January 4 to February 12, 2021:  LMA 6
  • February 16 to March 26, 2021:  LMA 7

North York

  • April 6 to May 15, 2020:  LMA 1
  • May 25 to July 3, 2020:  WEE 2
  • July13 to August 21, 2020:  LMA 3
  • September 14 to October 23, 2020:  LMA 4
  • November 2 to December 11, 2020:  WEE 5
  • January 4 to February 12, 2021:  LMA 6
  • February 16 to March 26, 2021:  LMA 7

Markham

  • April 6 to May 15, 2020:  LMA 1
  • June 1 to July 10, 2020:  LMA 2
  • July 20 to August 28, 2020:  WEE 3
  • September 14 to October 23, 2020:  LMA 4
  • November 9 to December 18, 2020:  LMA 5
  • January 25 to March 5, 2021:  LMA 6

Project Management (3 cohorts/year, alternate between two locations)

Mississauga

  • September 14 to November 6, 2020:  PM 8

North York

  • May 4 to June 26, 2020:  PM 7 
  • January 18 to March 12, 2021:  PM 9

Program Information Session Schedule:

North York Information Sessions

 July 8th 10:00am ET

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July 22nd 10:00am ET

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August 5th 10:00am ET

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August 19th10:00am ET

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Markham Information Sessions

 July 2nd  10:00am ET

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July 16th 10:00am ET

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July 30th 10:00am ET

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August 13th 10:00am ET

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August 27th 10:00am ET

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Mississauga Information Sessions

July 2nd 2:00pm ET

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July 15th 2:00pm ET

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July 29th 2:00pm ET

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August 12th 2:00pm ET

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August 26th 2:00pm ET

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Advisory Committee:

Camille Bonner, Talent Acquisition Manager, Maple Reinders Group Ltd.
Jose Garcia, Program Manager, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University
Wael Ramadan Al-Jerashy, Chairman, Professor of Project Management & Strategy at Pilon School of Business; Past President of Lakeshore Chapter of PMI
Ayesha Singh, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, EllisDon Corporation
Luba Berezina, Lead, Community Investments & Programs, Crosslinx Transit Solutions
Patience Adamu, Lead, Community Investments & Programs, Crosslinx Transit Solutions - Constructors
Monique Gordon, HR Business PArtner, Crosslinx Transit Solutions - COnstructors
Marilynn Greenidge, HR Generalist, Temspec Inc.
Patience Adamu, Manager, Employee Experience, AECON
Tom Bournakas, President, CQ Search Group Ltd
Kiddy Mengehsa, Director – Office of Project Management, Evergreen Brick Works

Companies that have recently hired from our program:

  • Crosslinx
  • EllisDon
  • AECON
  • AAA Engineering
  • TTC
  • IBI Group Inc
  • Telecon Group
  • Aerotek
  • Siemens
  • SGETEC Consultants Ltd
  • SM Consulting
  • Colliers International
  • Olympus
  • Maratek
  • SmartONE Solutions
  • Roof for Life Inc
  • North West Redwater Refinery
  • Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc
  • Qvella Corporation

Our graduates have been hired into the following roles:

  • Project Manager/Project Coordinator
  • Principal Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Engineering Associate
  • R&D in Electronics
  • Senior Estimator
  • QA Auditor (Welding Inspector)
  • Quality System Specialist
  • Environmental Affairs and Safety Specialist
  • Structural Engineer/Designer
  • Electronics Engineer/Designer
  • Electrical Engineer/Designer
  • Instrumentation Engineer/Designer
  • HVAC Engineer/Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer/Designer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Field Technician

Contact:

To learn more about Engineering Connections, please click here to email the Engineering Connections team or call 905.361.2522.

Testimonials:

“I truly believe that the Engineering Connections program at ACCES employment is a unique job search program offered to newcomers in Canada. The creativity and innovation that consultants use in their sessions greatly helps us (the clients) achieve our desired objectives. The team at ACCES Employment is very professional and dedicated to their work. Even after the program was over, I got personalized support for job offer negotiation which was highly appreciated. I believe that the skills learnt in this program will go a long way in my career. I would definitely recommend this program to newcomers and would like to see this program continued and change many lives in future.”