1. Matt Gale is an engineer from Winnipeg that is in the early stages of creating affordable prosthetics for children. Reducing costs has been done by levering more affordable 3d printing, using open source software and efficient material usage.
2. The engineers at KSI Ltd. have created some compelling road safety products. Learn about its safety roller below.
1. Waterloop: The Canadian SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Team - A student engineering team from the University of Waterloo is building a prototype of its transportation pod for the Space X competition. They have already out-designed over 1,000 competitors and are in the final stage of the competition. Now, they are raising money to build their pod and take it to California where it will compete against other prototypes at the Space X headquarters.
2. Illuminate Your Helmet | LightMode Kits Redesigned - Using battery-powered electroluminescent lights, a team from Vancouver, BC has created an attachment kit to make any motorcycle helmet more visible at night. If LED lights can make the CN Tower more fun and interesting, why not your helmet too?
3. Home Smart Water Detector (HSWD) - A company from Vancouver, BC has developed a WIFI sensor to tell you if your basement is starting to flood. Once water starts to soak the device, you'll get notified on your app and can rush down there to fix it before you run into serious issues.
What technology or gadget are you currently enjoying and would recommend to other aspiring and licensed engineers? Let us know in the comments below.
Here are the news links to every Canadian association. If there is anything beyond the normal stuff (elections, new appointments), I'll try to list them below. During certain parts of the year (e.g. Summer, X-Mas), the news tends to slow down.
- APEGA news - In February 2017, APEGA will be moving to a more rigorous reporting system for submitting work experience for licence applications. If you have not yet submitted your Work Experience Record but are in the application process, I would recommend that you submit before February as the new process will be more onerous. For my course that will help you with the record process that is sunsetting, visit here. The course will be updated in the new year to reflect the new process.
- APEGBC news
- APEGNB news
- APEGS news
- APEY news
- ASET news
- EGM news - (applicable to all of Canada) Do you hire contractors for federal government projects? A new criminal record check process, which involves fingerprinting, will be implemented at the end of the year. In other news, Google is currently running a competition (deadline Nov. 26, 2016) looking to award $5M to Canadian non-profits who are making the world a better place through technology. More details can be found here.
- Engineers Nova Scotia news
- Engineers PEI news
- NAPEG news
- OACETT news
- PEGNL news
- PEO news - If you provide engineering services to the public and don't have a Certificate of Authorization (also known as Permit to Practice), you could face serious fines. Here is a good enforcement example from this month.
Did I miss your association or something about your association for this month? Leave a comment so I can add it next month.
Here are a few jobs that caught my eye across Canada. Most were posted within the last week.
1. Project Electrical Engineer - Opus International Consultants - North Vancouver, BC
2. Senior Municipal Engineer - Brockwell - Edmonton, AB
3. Mechanical Supervisor - Canadian National Railway - Concord, ON
4. Process Engineer - Irving Tissue - Dieppe, New Brunswick
Do you interview new staff by phone? Or do you expect a phone interview in the near future? Read this.
Architecture that's built to heal - Designer Michael Murphy shows us how his designs in countries like Haiti and Rwanda try to maximize the occupant's experience while minimizing carbon footprint and making something that benefits the community.
A demo of wireless electricity - Electrician Eric Giler uses a resonant phenomenon to create wireless electricity back in this 2009 talk that highlights MIT technology.
Have you seen an interesting TED talk lately? Share it in the comments below.
1. I'm developing an article on how to immigrate to Canada to become an engineer. If you have immigrated to Canada and would like to be featured in this article and share what you have learned, please email me at [email protected] by November 15th.
2. I'm giving a free talk at uOttawa on November 8, 2016 to help engineering master's students navigate the engineering licensing process in Canada. Does your company have a lot of aspiring engineers? Book me for a free in-person or online presentation to educate your colleagues. Contact me here.
Thanks for reading and have a great month!
Gavin Simone, P.Eng., PMP, LEED AP
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