TranBC Meet Science, Science Meet TranBC – Part 2 of 2

Last month, there was a two day Expo for the Year of Science at the Prince George Civic Centre where TranBC participated in the fair’s exhibits and career round table.

Did you know that the majority of the jobs held at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure combine science with transporation? Well, they do.

At the Expo, our exhibit highlighted the wide range of science and technology careers within the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and some of the everyday tools we use to perform our jobs, including: intersection simulation, frost probes, survey equipment, geotechnical equipment and portable weigh scales.

The ministry offers two programs to recent graduates of Science, Engineering and technical programs, EIT and TELP. The Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Program has been active since the 1960s. It offers those with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science Engineering an opportunity to train and develop through challenging work assignments and to grow professionally as they work towards their Professional Engineering designation. An example of an EIT position in the ministry is a Civil Engineer Generalist.

The Technical Entry Level Program (TELP) created as part of the ministry’s succession strategy, hires employees directly from educational institutions with technical degrees or diplomas and provides them with training and practical work experience to help them get permanent technician positions. Participants work directly for a supervising Senior Technician whose role is to act as a host, mentor and career counsellor. An example of a TELP position is a Gravel Management Technician.

Interested? Check out http://employment.gov.bc.ca/telp for more information. These jobs and others at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure combine elements of science and are what help build our province’s infrastructure and highway systems.

Click here for Part 1 of our look at Science and transportation.

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