Five Days to Ontario Experience Record Success
- with Gavin Simone, P.Eng. - Day 2

Ont. Experience Record (ER) - The Most Common Mistakes Of Other Aspiring Engineers

common ontario engineering experience record mistakes No matter how many aspiring engineers I help with their write-ups, they all seem to make between 4 to 15 Experience Record mistakes.  

Two of the most common mistakes include:

Mistake #1 - “We instead of I”

Remember that this submission is about YOU.  Your licence depends on what you know and can do, not your team as a collective group.   

It is natural to use ‘we’ because you and I are taught to work in teams and be collaborative with other professionals.  However, when it comes to writing your Experience Record, you must focus on your individual contribution.  

Suppose you have started some of your write-up already.  Could you simply find and replace all instances of ‘we’ for ‘I’?

Absolutely not.   

You need to re-write the entire sentence (or even paragraph) to focus on your contribution.  Simply replacing the words will mess with the grammar as well as over hype your contributions.

Mistake #2 - “Plagiarized content”

Far too often I see soon-to-be engineers copy and paste text from an online source.  See below for a real example:

Ontario Experience Record - bad example of plagiarized content
Don't plagiarize content for the sake of providing definitions. Instead speak from real project situations you resolved.

The plagiarized content starts at “In a welded joint . . .” It was pretty obvious for me to pick-up on this because the writer changed his/her voice.  We each express our distinct personality when we write - this is known as our voice.  If you cut-and-paste content from the web into your record it reduces your credibility and can have your submission put in the rejection pile.

Content that is ripped off has another problem, which will be covered in more detail in a later day. The problem is that it is usually ‘useless filler content’.  Look at the above example. Does the reader receive any benefit from reading your Wikipedia definition?  The answer is no. Don’t define concepts; your reviewer is smart and can look something up if he/she is unfamiliar with it.

Focus on your individual contribution. 

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