To become enrolled as a Member-in-Training (MIT) in NB, you must meet the academic, language, and residency requirements.
The NPPE can be taken while you are an MIT.
MIT status in NB is NOT mandatory, but it is highly recommended.
Enrollment as a Member-in-Training for the duration of the period when gaining your post-graduation experience is the recommended route to obtaining professional status, but it is not mandatory. MITs must meet all the same requirements as a member, with the exception of the work experience and National Professional Practice Exam.
When applying for Professional status, you must demonstrate forty-eight (48) months of acceptable engineering or geoscience experience which can be attested to by your supervising PEng or PGeo. Twelve (12) months of this experience must have been acquired in a Canadian environment. We define a Canadian environment as work experience obtained in Canada, supervised by a professional engineer, licensed in the applicable Canadian jurisdiction; or, work experience obtained outside Canada where applicants demonstrate good knowledge of local Canadian engineering laws, practices, standards, customs, codes, conditions and climates.
APEGNB may credit up to 12 months of experience for a completed Master’s degree in a discipline related to engineering/geoscience and up to 12 months of experience for a completed PhD in a discipline related to engineering/geoscience. Each graduate degree is reviewed on a case by case basis.
To be prepared for entry to independent practice, your work experience should be well rounded. You need an understanding of your limitations related to the practice of engineering/geoscience; and you must show a progression into work of greater complexity and responsibility.
There are 5 broad categories of types of experience that the Board of Admissions is looking to see in each application.
NOTE: Some experience in each of the 5 categories is highly desirable, however, it is recognized that some MITs may not be fully exposed to all of the five categories. Geoscience specific examples will be bolded.
- 1. Practical Experience
- 2. Application of Theory
- 3. Management
- 4. Communication Skills
- 5. Social Implications
After obtaining your bachelor’s degree where theories were applied in laboratory settings, you should be put in contact with the practical limits that define your specialty.
This is not an exhaustive list:
Exposure to engineering/geoscience works through:
- Field work
- Trips and visits to equipment or systems in both the operational and maintenance modes during the manufacturing or construction (including exploration camps, drilling rigs, mines, quarries, geophysical exploration projects, environmental assessment projects, and soil & ground-water exploration and remediation projects.)
Application of the component as part of the larger system including:
- Understanding the end product of engineering/geoscience work and the means to achieve it.
- Understanding the requirement for reliability
- Understanding the role of computer software to the total engineering/geoscience work
- Productions and/or construction
- Value engineering
- Tolerances of manufacture
- Maintenance philosophy
- Performance minimums
- Tradesperson’s/craftsperson’s ability to produce, including exposure to the craftsperson’s and the end uses
- The relationship between software and equipment as the system operator
- The effects of climate and weather, scheduling, logistics, financial and budgetary constraints, and regulatory consideration on the implementation of geoscience programs, as well as the practical limits of geoscience techniques, and the development of reasonable expectations for the performance of equipment, systems, and people engaged in geoscience projects.
- Work flow process
- Wear out/replacement schedules
Surveying and Mapping
Management covers a wide area of an engineer’s/geoscientist’s work, and it is not only the supervision of staff. Project management, including the social management of the technology, is an essential part of your knowledge base.
This is not an exhaustive list:
- Concept development;
- Identification of requirements;
- Assessing the resources required and available.
- Acquisition of the necessary permits and clearances from responsible authorities
- Developing activity / task schedules;
- Determining interactions and constraints;
- Allocation of resources;
- Assessing the impact of delays;
- Interaction with other projects;
- Interaction with the market place.
- Development of conceptual budget;
- Development of detailed budget, including estimates of labour, material, and overhead;
- Risk assessment of cost escalation potential;
- Review of budget in light of changes.
- Leadership and professional conduct;
- Organization of personnel
- Team building
- Management of technology
- Implementation of adequate safety precautions
- Understanding elements of the project as it relates to the total project;
- Coordinating the phases of project work;
- Monitoring of expenditure and schedule and taking appropriate action;
- Performance measurement.
- Operating equipment and system performance;
- Product performance;
- Social and environmental impacts;
- Field conditions at geoscience projects
- Economic impacts.
The rapid expansion of technology has made it more and more important to be able to communicate effectively. This applies to all aspects of the work environment including communication with employers, employees, government regulators, clients and the general public. It is important that you be able to communicate concerning your work both orally and in written form.
This is not an exhaustive list:
- Ideally, you should be given an opportunity to prepare written reports (including record keeping), including participation in larger reporting tasks being undertaken by the organization or unit in which you work.
- This form of communication may include reports to superiors; reports to senior management; or exposure to, or participation in, reports to clients or regulatory authorities.
- If the opportunity arises, you should be exposed to, or allowed to participate in, presentations on behalf of the organization to the public.
Communication with Fellow Employees:
- Ideally, you should be given an opportunity to communicate information on behalf of the organization to other employees. You should also receive feedback on your performance and suggestions to improve.
For, the GIT, you should also demonstrate proficiency in the ability to present ideas in the form of geological maps, cross-sections, and other geoscience drawings.
An important facet of the engineering and geoscience professions is an understanding of the social implications of engineering works. This understanding should include:
- An awareness of an engineer’s/geoscientist’s professional responsibility to guard against all conditions dangerous or threatening to life, limb or property, and to call any such conditions to the attention of the responsible.
- An awareness of potential impacts, both positive and negative, of the projects with which the engineer/geoscientist is involved. This should include an understanding of:
- the safeguards in place to protect the public and mitigate adverse impacts;
- the quality assurance measures involved with the manufacture of products;
- an awareness of the value of engineering works and/or geoscience to the public;
- an understanding of the safety and/or economic consequences to both the public and employer/client of the work being carried out;
- knowledge of the interface between the engineering/geoscience organization and the public when communicating the impacts and benefits of engineering/geoscience works, and
- or a recognition of the significant role of regulatory agencies in the practice of geoscience, and a demonstrated interest in the wider social implications of engineering/geoscience, through attendance at public meetings, or seminars sponsored by the MIT’s organization.
Pre-Graduation Work Experience
Engineering and geoscience related work experience gained prior to graduation can be submitted for review to the Board of Admissions once you are enrolled in the Member-in-Training program provided that:
- the engineering or geoscience work experience is completed AFTER the mid-way point of your degree (that is, after you have completed half of your degree course load).
- The engineering or geoscience work experience MUST be attested to by your supervising Professional Engineer or Professional Geoscientist during the work term. It is not necessary that the PEng or P.Geo be registered with APEGNB as long as they are registered with an engineering/geoscience association. If the PEng / PGeo is registered elsewhere, please have him / her stamp off your work with their engineering or geoscience stamp; and
- The engineering or geoscience work experience MUST be documented in a format similar to the proper logbook. [PDF] [.doc]
Up to 12 months of pre-grad experience can be credited towards the work experience requirement.
Only registered members or licencees may practise engineering or geoscience independently in New Brunswick. In order that the public can be assured that qualified individuals are practising, only registered members or licencees can use the title or designation: “Engineer / Geoscientist”; “Professional Engineer / Professional Geoscientist”; or the abbreviations “Eng / Geo” or “PEng / PGeo”.
The titles Member-in-Training / Engineer-in-Training / Geoscientist-in-Training or their accepted abbreviations (MIT / EIT / GIT) can only be used if the individual is officially recorded in the Member-in-Training Program with this Association.
Titles for MITs such as Junior Engineer, Graduate Engineer, Assistant Geoscientist are not acceptable.
Examples of recently revised job titles where the word “Engineer/Geoscientist” has been replaced:
Project Engineer / Project Geoscientist changed to Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Analyst, Project Leader, Project Specialist. Please note, “Engineering or Geoscience Specialist” is not acceptable.
Software Engineer to Software Developer, Software Designer, or Software Analyst.
Technical Engineer to Technical Officer.
Junior Engineer / Junior Geoscientist to Engineering Trainee / Geoscience Trainee, or Junior Designer or Junior Field Specialist.
For MITs, the department name may be used, e.g.:
Metallurgical Process Engineer to Metallurgical Process Engineering.
Quality Assurance Engineer to Quality Assurance Engineering.
It is acceptable to denote a university degree following your name, e.g. “B.A.Sc.”, “B.Sc.Eng.”, or “B.Sc.”.