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.
By enrolling as an MIT and participating in the Internship Program, this helps you ensure that you gain experience that is rich and varied to allow you to progress to the level of maturity required to make reliable professional judgments. The internship period will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and judgement while being supervised by a Professional who will give you feedback. This experience is documented and submitted in logs and reports. See samples here.
The Mentor Program is designed as an auditing and guidance program for Members-in-Training (MITs) who are engaged in engineering or geoscience work, but who are not working under the supervision of a Professional Engineer or Geoscientist. This program permits an MIT to meet requirements for registration as a Professional Engineer or Geoscientist by the process of periodic counseling and review by one or more selected professional engineers or geoscientists acting as Mentors.
Note: Membership as a Member-in-Training is a prerequisite to this program. To apply to be in the Mentor Program, contact APEGNB.
The duties and responsibilities of MITs, Mentors, and Employers can be found here.
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.”.