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New project will help international engineering technicians get work in Ontario

Toronto, ON -- A new project to help remove barriers to employment for international engineering technicians and te...


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March 2, 2004
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — A new project to help remove barriers to employment for international engineering technicians and technologists has been launched by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), the Centre for Language, Training and Assessment (CLTA) and Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The program is called Options: Choosing the Optimal Route to Success for Internationally Trained Professionals in the Field of Engineering/Applied Science Technology.

With its partners, OACETT will offer internationally educated engineering technicians and technologists services in certification preparation, language and communication training and employment preparation to help them continue their careers in Ontario.

“We have engineering and applied science technicians and technologists from around the world who want to work in Ontario. This new project will help them develop the skills and experience they need to become certified and work in their field of expertise,” says Angela Shama, P.Eng., C.E.T., executive director of OACETT.

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“Helping international applicants meet the requirements for certification is another way OACETT protects the public by ensuring that they meet the education, experience and ethical standards of the profession,” said Shama.

An investment of more than $1.5 million will be made in the project over the next 2-1/2 years. It’s part of a provincial initiative worth more than $4 million to strengthen bridge training programs for internationally trained individuals in engineering, teaching and health care.

OACETT and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities have also developed a comprehensive web-based fact sheet to help internationally educated engineering technicians and technologists understand how their skills fit Ontario standards. This efactsheet, available at www.oacett.org, describes how to become certified in the engineering and applied science technology professions in Ontario. The website is designed to help engineering and applied science technicians and technologists who are considering working in Ontario.

OACETT is a professional organization representing more than 21,000 members. Since 1957, it has certified engineering/applied science technicians and technologists, graduates from Ontario colleges and other post-secondary institutions. OACETT maintains standards of excellence in the practice of engineering and applied-science technology in Ontario. For more information, call 416-621-9621 or visit www.oacett.org.