Internship — Practicum Program
Geotechnical engineers assess and engineer the soil, rock, other geo-materials, and groundwater conditions that we use to build on, within, or from, in constructing our civilizations. They plan and supervise the acquisition and analysis of geotechnical and geological data, and prepare engineering designs, reports, recommendations, and construction quality assurance and quality control for geotechnical aspects of the projects. More information is available under "What is Geotechnical Engineering?"
The primary educational requirement for geotechnical engineers is a 4-year bachelor degree with proper course selections in a related engineering discipline such as civil engineering. A graduate degree (such as a masters degree, MSc or MEng) in Geotechnical Engineering will provide a stronger theoretical background for a career in geotechnical engineering. Certification is not required to work in this occupation only if you are working under the supervision of a Geotechnical P.Eng. (Geotechnical Professional Engineer), but may be an asset when seeking employment. A Ph.D. degree is considered to provide a much deeper understanding of one or more aspects of geotechnical engineering, and Ph.D. graduates are required to have advanced the boundary of knowledge in one or more aspects of the fundamental knowledge, technology, or practice of geotechnical engineering.
APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) is the certification government body in Alberta where applicants can apply to become an EIT (Engineer-in-Training) or a P.Eng. (Professional Engineer). Other certifications are available at APEGA's website (https://www.apega.ca). At least four years of engineering practice (1 year needs to be North American) is required to obtain P.Eng. status. Credit will be given for postgraduate degrees (such as master's or Ph.D. degree). APEGS and EGBC provide similar services in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, respectively.
In addition to educational requirement, one primary element one should have to succeed in his/her career as a geotechnical engineer is to have an adequate level of practical knowledge, and more importantly — Engineering Judgment — to practice as a geotechnical engineer. Engineering Judgment generally comes from work experience and mentorship (usually through Co-op or Internship/Practicum programs or part-time and full-time employment). Winning a career in geotechnical engineering may become challenging if one doesn't have the required work experience: the challenge is that one may not get the experience if he or she doesn't get a job and he or she may not get the job if he or she doesn't have the required Canadian work experience. This vicious cycle has been experienced by many international engineers (even with many years of international experience) who will find it difficult to get a job in the Canadian market (because they don't have Canadian work experience).
To overcome this challenge and as a service to our professional community — from time to time — Alpha Adroit Engineering Ltd (https://www.alphaadroit.ca/) at its discretion provides Free Internship — Practicum Programs to students and new graduates, also internationally educated professionals with limited Canadian experience, who require practical North American experience for building their resume to enter the job market, as part of their educational accreditation, obtain their P.Eng. certification in geotechnical engineering, and build on their skill sets required for their engineering judgment.
Internship — Practicum Programs may involve 10 to 40 hours per week of a hands-on or other types of practice and training, for a period of 3 to 24 months, based on the objectives of the students and availability of Alpha Adroit resources. From time to time, there are also opportunities that individuals who have obtained the required skills through these practicum programs may be hired by Alpha Adroit on a part-time or full-time basis by Alpha Adroit during their practicum program. To be eligible to be accepted as a Practicum Student at Alpha Adroit, one should:
- be legally entitled to work and study in Canada
- have a valid Canadian Driver's license
- meet other requirements (such as safety requirements) as required by Alpha Adroit from time to time
If you are interested in joining Alpha Adroit's Practicum Program and meet the above requirements, please send your resume and cover letter to Alpha Adroit Engineering through our Career Application Form and select "Internship — Practicum Program" option.