In Canada, engineering is a candidate-driven field. Like many STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the engineering sector is on the verge of a labour crisis. An estimated 20% of engineers are 55 and over (the average age of an engineer in Canada is 42.) With a large percentage of the workforce nearing retirement, the field is looking for an infusion of fresh, young talent. The good news is that means there’s lots of potential for young engineers to make their mark and rapidly advance into senior roles.
Despite setbacks over the last couple years (like a steep drop off in oil prices, which slowed economic growth in the engineering sector to a crawl) experts predict a stronger 2017. Rebounding oil prices will mean more investment in construction, manufacturing and infrastructure across Canada. With lots of high-profile projects on the horizon, engineers will have plenty of exciting opportunities to choose from.
In terms of emerging engineering trends, the emphasis is on automation and efficiency in 2017. With the aid of technological advances, engineers are seeking out ways to reduce waste, and improve quality and sustainability. Advancements in building materials, automated processes, energy conservation, and advanced drafting and prototyping software (including 3D printing) have made it possible for lean engineering teams to streamline and increase their output, while maintaining a high level of quality.