Engineering technology and applied technology programs in Canada are extremely popular and dynamic, rich in opportunities for international students. After all, technology is necessary to make and maintain what we live in, work and even play with.
Some specializations available through study in Canada include architectural and building technology, environmental technology, electrical engineering/ automated systems, marine engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, chemical sciences technology, and technology foundations. Within any of these areas there may be further specialization options. For example, within civil engineering technology one can take options in construction materials, geotechnical, highway design, subdivision planning, survey, traffic and transportation.
There are also different credentials you can pursue: a 4-year Bachelor of Applied Technology, 2-year Associate of Science degree, or 12-week to 2-year diploma and certificate programs incorporating co-op or internship terms in addition to traditional classroom learning. Engineering technology and applied technology programs are highly technical and hands-on, and often lead to official certification as a "technologist," "technician," "analyst," "specialist" or "administrator."
In the coming years, many vacancies will open up in the manufacturing industry, creating a strong need and attractive salaries for skilled technicians and technologists. In fact, employers actively seek out graduates in this field. A credential in engineering technology and applied technology from a Canadian school can be a great way to build your future!