Teachers and Parents
Cool CareersThere is always a demand for graduates from a community college engineering technology program. Industry requires employees to be certified to ensure that they meet the education as well as the work experience requirements to work as a technology professional.
Becoming a Technician takes between 1,200 to 1,600 hours of classroom time - the equivalent of one to two years of study. Technologists, on the other hand, must complete two to three years of study, or 2,000 to 3,000 hours of classroom time. Technicians and Technologists are usually trained in different programs, so that means students must choose one over the other before they begin their studies. A 2017 survey found that in Manitoba Technicians average an annual salary of $70,000 with Technologists having an annual salary of $82,000.
Because the public perception of technology programs is changing, there is far more competition than there used to be for places in technical institute and community college technology programs across Canada. Students with the bare minimum high school prerequisites and marks are having a hard time getting in.
A near sure-fire way to get into the program of your choice is to keep your marks up, and take math (ideally, advanced math), science and, yes, even English courses. Above all, don't be fooled by the notion that tech school or college is an "easy" option for those who can't get into university. Don't forget that you're not just competing with high school graduates for spots in Canada's technology programs.
The key to choosing programs and choosing careers is to literally do your homework. Get the grades you need for admission (and expect those minimum standards to keep rising) and research your options.