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The Career Path of an Engineer in the Aerospace Industry

Speaker: Rob Dewar, VP CSeries, Integrated Product Development, Bombardier Aerospace

The presentation will consist of a description of the "typical" career path of an engineer working in the Aerospace industry and a technical description of Bombardiers latest C-Series aircraft. The C-Series aircraft is a family of aircraft specifically designed for the 110 to 130 seat market. The standard configuration, for short haul flights on typical airport high frequency "hub-and-spoke" routes, has a range up to 1,800 nautical miles. The extended range version for point-to-point and transcontinental flights provides ranges up to 3,000 nautical miles. Bombardier announced the start of development of the C-Series family of airliners in July 2004. Entry into service is scheduled for 2013. The C-Series will feature new, fuel-efficient Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan engines and a high percentage of composite materials in its fuselage.


"The Engineering Profession"

Speakers: Manoj Choudhary and Lee E. Weissling

Are you looking for a summer job? Will you be graduating and beginning your job search this year? Do you have questions about PEO? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should attend this dinner and talk. Manoj Choudhary from Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) will talk about the benefits of becoming a student member of PEO and the Engineering In Training program for students after graduation. Also, Lee Weissling from Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE ) will talk about things that will give you an edge in your job search and salary ranges you can expect in entry level engineering work.


"to be an Engineer and to Avoid Becoming a Technician"

Speaker: Gunnar Heissler

"My first job after graduation was with Abitibi Paper, Central Research Division. It was my good luck that a Mentor was assigned to me; he taught me two of the most important lessons for a practicing engineer, and I want to share these lessons as two anecdotes..." -Gunnar Heissler

You will learn...

What engineering is, where you will end up, how you get recognized as an engineer, not a technician, what some great engineers have in common, recommended books for engineers ...and more!


The Engineering and Technology labour Market Study: An interim report

Speaker: John O'Grady, Partner, Prism Economics and Analysis

The study is a joint project of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists in which labour market data was collected and analyzed with regards to engineers, technologists and technicians. The findings will be used to formulate recommendations with respect to policies and strategic initiatives related to skills and labour management. One of the key findings is that many graduates of university engineering programs are employed outside traditionally defined engineering occupations. The current economic situation, immigration patterns, regional differences in Canada, and the changing roles of engineers, technologists and technicians will affect the longer-term labour market. The study also highlights the differences between labour shortages and skills shortages, with the latter a major problem in some key industrial sectors.


A Few Thoughts on the Importance of Writing in Science and Engineering

Speaker: Suzanne Fortier

As engineering students, you are required to take technical communications courses as part of your engineering education. Have you ever wondered why? Come and listen to Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC discuss the relevance of writing in science and engineering (reception to follow).

Dr. Suzanne Fortier has served as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) since January 2006.

Learn more about this speakers series by downloading the PDF.


Sustainability and Risk

Speaker: Gerald Wilde

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the Integrated Learning Centre, and the Live Lab is organizing a sustainable speaker series. This series will help give students an insight towards environmental aspects industry, academia, businesses, and community organizations are taking. Participants can participate in discussions about unique building techniques, alternative energy sources, innovative technologies, various initiatives and sustainable living techniques.

Gerald Wilde is a psychologist interested in risk perception and risk acceptance.


Insights on Working in Industry from a Recent Grad

Speaker: Adam Burella

Adam Burella (Mech 06) will share his thoughts and perspectives on engineering and design in Industry. He is currently working as a plant engineer for Petro-Canada in their Lubricants Division.


ChemPals Speaker

Speaker: Denise Dyke

Denise Dyke will talk about her experiences doing project engineering with 3M. Pizza and pop will be provided. (This talk is part of the ChemPals program, no need to sign up in advance, just show up!)


Is Academia right for me? Study Break!

Speaker: Denise Dyke

Are you interested in being a professor? Going to grad school at another university? Professors and graduate students from across Ontario invite you to an informal reception about further careers in academia. Refreshments will be provided, so please sign up here to reserve a space so we don't run out of cookies! ((http://services.appsci.queensu.ca/signup/speakers/).


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