Hi-Tech Co-op and Career Fair

Hi-Tech Fair

When: Tues, Feb 5 and Wed, Feb 6, 2019 | 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Engineering Lab Wing lobby
Contact:  | 250-472-5827

Want to connect with employers in the tech industry? At the Hi-Tech Co-op and Career Fair, you can meet representatives from a wide range of companies all in one place.

While this event is geared towards students in the Faculty of Engineering, all students are invited to stop by.

If accessibility accommodations are needed for this event, please let us know at martinjm@uvic.ca as far in advance as possible.

Are you an employer looking to register for the fair?

This fair is for students studying...

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Telecommunications and Information Security

Talk to company reps and...

  • Learn what companies are looking for in job candidates
  • Compare potential job opportunities to help you figure out your next steps
  • Ask questions about everything from job benefits to workplace culture
  • Make networking connections in your future field

Meet these employers – Day 1 (Tues, Feb 5)

Teck - Platinum sponsor

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

FortisBC - Gold sponsor

Canadian owned and operated, FortisBC touches the lives of our customers every day, providing approximately 1.1 million customers across BC the energy needed for their homes, schools and businesses. From electricity, natural gas and natural gas for transportation to propane and thermal energy, we deliver approximately 21% of the total energy consumed in BC, more than any other utility in the province. We do so with 2,200 employees all focused on quality service and customer satisfaction.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

SeaStar Solutions - Gold sponsor

SeaStar Solutions continues to be one of the fastest growing and most innovative companies in North America. Our "By Wire" steering and control systems for pleasure boats has no equal in the industry, and is backed up with industry-firsts and valuable intellectual property. Our "smart" thermal combustion technology with O2 feedback is opening Marine, On Highway, and Off Road equipment markets which are contributing to our growth.

Targeted programs: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

Lafarge - Silver sponsor

Lafarge Canada Inc. (Vancouver Island Division) is a leading competitor in Aggregate Production, and Paving and Concrete Curb and Sidewalk Construction. On Vancouver Island, we work from Tofino to Victoria, including Courtenay to Parksville. Lafarge Canada Inc. and the UVic Co-op program have been partners for 6 years and will continue this partnership for years to come. Lafarge Canada Inc. is enthusiastic to meet old/new faces of the Civil Engineering Program and all Engineering Programs.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Avigilon

Avigilon designs, develops, and manufactures video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. Avigilon's solutions have been installed at thousands of customer sites, including school campuses, transportation systems, healthcare centers, public venues, critical infrastructure, prisons, factories, casinos, airports, financial institutions, government facilities, and retailers.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security


BBA

At BBA, engineering, project, environmental and field services consultants team up to quickly and precisely pinpoint the needs of industrial and institutional clients. We’re focused on developing cutting-edge expertise and creating reliable, sustainable and innovative solutions that make sense to them. That’s why we’re hands-on and regularly on site to fully understand client operations, as unique and complex as they may be.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security



Benevity

Benevity is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and integrated grant management solutions. Some of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning solutions to power their Goodness Programs and corporate philanthropy, helping them attract, retain and engage today’s workers by connecting people personally to causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to an employee base of 10 million users around the world, Benevity has processed over 2.5 billion dollars in donations and 15 million hours of volunteering time this year to almost 150,000 charities worldwide. As a certified B Corporation, Benevity is part of a unique breed of for-profit companies with a social mission who believe that ‘doing well by doing good’ is more than just a catchy tagline.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering

CGI

CGI is one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services firms. We help clients achieve their goals, including becoming customer-centric digital organizations, through high-end IT and business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing services combined with a unique client proximity model and global center of excellence network.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Demonware

Demonware, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, specializes in creating client- and server-side networking software for video games, including titles in the Call of Duty franchise, all Skylanders titles, Destiny and Diablo 3. As a software services company we develop and deploy robust, scalable services to support millions of users, often with rapid turnaround times.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering

Herold Engineering

Herold Engineering Limited is a Nanaimo-based consulting civil and structural engineering company with a current staff level of approximately 65 employees. With offices in Nanaimo, Victoria, Ucluelet and Fort Nelson, we are actively involved in a wide variety of public and private sector projects throughout British Columbia with the majority of our work on Vancouver Island.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Kinetic Construction

Kinetic Construction is an established Construction Manager and General Contractor with offices in Victoria, Vancouver and Courtenay. Since 1984, Kinetic has successfully completed hundreds of construction projects, using a variety of project delivery methods as a general contractor, construction manager and design-builder.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Latitude Technologies

Latitude Technologies is an avionics design and manufacturing firm offering complete aircraft solutions for flight data monitoring, flight following, satellite data link and voice communication systems. With air-time and service options supporting flight safety, fleet logistics, operations, and maintenance information through data analytics platforms, Latitude has been providing customized and configurable solutions to meet the diverse operational needs of its clients for over 17 years.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering

Photon Control

Photon Control Inc. designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of optical sensors and systems to measure temperature and position. These products are used by the world’s largest Wafer Fabrication Equipment manufacturers and end users in the semiconductor and other solid state industries. Photon Control Inc.’s high quality products provide industry leading accuracy, speed and quality in the most extreme conditions and are backed by a team of experts providing a variety of on-site and remote services including custom design, installation, training and support.

Targeted programs: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Pomerleau

Pomerleau is one of Canada’s leading construction companies. Since its opening in Beauce it has been focused on an essential element in its success: its employees. These dedicated professionals allow Pomerleau to manage more than 150 projects while maintaining a solid reputation. Today, Pomerleau has up to 4,000 employees and nine offices across the country. The company has three divisions: Buildings, Civil & Infrastructures and Alternative Projects Centre of Excellence, owns and operates Beaubois, specialized in architectural woodwork, and co-owns Borea Construction, a leader in the Canadian renewable energy industry. As a champion of innovation and knowledge transfer, Pomerleau supports two university research chairs. From delivery methods to custom financing solutions, Pomerleau has the resources to offer the best strategies to its customers.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Redbrick

Redbrick is proud to be a team of experts, from software developers and engineers to graphic designers and digital marketers. Founded in 2011, our company has put considerable effort into building products that allow our customers to enjoy everything the internet has to offer. Today, Redbrick is a global name with reach in 190 countries and counting. Together, we’ve built internationally-renowned software and technology for the tech industry, winning awards for our innovation and accolades for our customer support.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering

Reliable Controls

Reliable Controls Corporation, the recipient of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employer and Canada’s Greenest Employer 2018 awards, specializes in the design and manufacture of Internet-connected, building automation controls. Our innovative products automate building environments, decreasing their impact on our planet.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Relic Entertainment

Relic Entertainment is an award-winning developer of genre-defining real-time strategy games like Homeworld, Dawn of War, Company of Heroes and many more. Throughout our storied 17-year history, delivering rich, thoughtful strategy games has always been our defining quality. As a studio, our role is to create a workplace where people are energized and empowered to not only do their best work but to continually surpass their best. We’ll push you out of your comfort zone to become the best version of you by giving you the ownership and creative freedom to solve our most challenging problems.

Targeted programs: Computer Science, Software Engineering

TC-Helicon

TC-Helicon imagines, designs, manufactures and markets audio products. We are the innovative market leader in vocal effects and make products targeted towards anyone who performs with their voice.

USNR

USNR is the world’s largest, most comprehensive supplier of equipment and technologies for the wood processing industry. Our systems produce dimensional lumber, plywood and panels, finger-jointed components and engineered wood products. We supply systems, service and support for plants around the globe including the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and many other countries.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

Workday

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering

Meet these employers – Day 2 (Wed, Feb 6)

Campbell Construction - Gold sponsor

Since 1964, Campbell Construction has been making Vancouver Island a finer place to live, work, learn and play. In fact the hundreds of projects successfully completed by our company form the very heart of vibrant island communities. Specializing in high-rise residential, hotels, theatres, private residences, multi-unit residential, office buildings, hospitals, libraries, schools, shopping centres, restaurants and warehouses.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Kiewit - Silver sponsor

As one of North America's largest, most respected construction and engineering organizations, with 2017 revenues of $8.7 billion, Kiewit exists to make a difference. We improve and connect communities across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia through complex projects in transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building, industrial and mining. Our services are as diverse as the skills of our 22,000-strong workforce to whom we provide challenging, honest work in a caring and collaborative culture. A sense of adventure, pride and fulfillment is built in to every career at Kiewit.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering



AbeBooks

AbeBooks.com is an online marketplace for books, art and collectibles that spans the world from Amarillo to Zurich. We offer for sale millions of items from thousands of sellers in dozens of countries, and every day we make customers very, very happy.

Targeted programs: Computer Science, Software Engineering

Aecon

Aecon Group Inc. is Canada’s largest, publicly traded construction and infrastructure development company. Aecon and its subsidiaries provide services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and on a selected basis internationally. Aecon’s Major Projects West division is a leader in large, complex, heavy civil infrastructure construction projects nearly a century of experience. Our capabilities encompass a full range of heavy civil construction from highways and toll routes, tunnels, bridges, transit systems and hydroelectric power projects.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Andritz Automation

Andritz Automation stands by your plant, starting with quotation engineering, project management, hardware and software engineering, to erection work, start-up and operator training, and continuing with maintenance and engineering work for expansions and improvements. With our plant control systems and simulation and advanced control tools, we help plants become operationally ready.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Babcock

Babcock Canada provides critical and complex support to strategically important assets, infrastructure and training programs primarily in the defence and security environments. We are currently engaged in the provision of In-Service Support (ISS) solutions for surface and subsurface marine fleets, including the delivery of comprehensive ISS to Canada’s Victoria Class submarine fleet. We are trusted to deliver a wide range of services including Program Management, Materiel and Logistic Support, Systems Engineering, Configuration Management and Records Support, Maintenance and Refits, and Information and Knowledge Management.

Targeted programs: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is responsible for the stewardship of provincial Crown land and natural resources, and for the protection of B.C.’s archaeological and heritage resources. The B.C. Government administers about 60,000 kilometers of Forest Service Roads (FSRs). FSRs are maintained by the forest industry under road use permits, or where there is no industrial user responsible for maintenance, by the B.C. Government. Where there is no industrial maintainer, the B.C. Government carries out maintenance, subject to available funding, where communities, rural residents and high value recreation sites have priority.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

BC Transit

BC Transit is a provincial crown corporation and coordinates the delivery of safe, reliable, cost-efficient and market-focused transit services in British Columbia outside of the Greater Vancouver region. Working in partnership with local governments and private companies, BC Transit provides direct services in fleet acquisition and management, contract administration, transit planning, marketing and financial services. 

Targeted programs: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunication & Information Security

Codan Radio Communications

Codan Radio Communications is a leading designer and manufacturer of premium communications equipment for High Frequency (HF) and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) applications. We’ve built our reputation for reliability over 50 years in radio communications, in some of the toughest conditions on the planet.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Delta-Q Technologies

Delta-Q Technologies is a leading provider of battery charging solutions that improve the performance and reliability of electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment. The company has become the supplier of choice to many of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric golf cars, lift trucks, aerial work platforms, motorcycles and scooters, floor care machines, utility/recreational vehicles and new markets, like outdoor power equipment.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

East Side Games

East Side Games is a proudly independent and profitable game studio with a collaborative, creative, and fun culture. Our games fund all our new projects, and everyone who works here has a direct impact on the day-to-day business. Our talented, highly-motivated team believes in constantly improving; we are not afraid to take ownership and meet challenges head-on in order to reach our goals. Purpose-built technology infrastructure powers our rapid, iterative prototyping, based directly on audience feedback. This allows us to take design ideas to playable releases in days rather than months.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Engineers and Geoscientics BC

Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia is the regulatory and licensing body for the engineering and geoscience professions in BC. To protect the public, we maintain robust standards for entry to the professions, and comprehensive regulatory tools to support engineers and geoscientists in meeting professional and ethical obligations. If these standards are not met, we take action through our investigation and discipline processes.

Targeted programs: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Fast Enterprises

Fast Enterprises, LLC is an industry leader in the development and installation of software for government agencies. In 1998 we forever changed the way government revenue agencies support their business with the introduction of GenTax. This commercial off the shelf (COTS) solution has enabled many agencies to take advantage of package implementations, providing more cost efficient and fully functional software systems to our clients. We have expanded beyond tax and now do implementations for Motor Vehicle, Drivers License, Unemployment Insurance and Unemployment Benefit agencies.

Targeted programs: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Finger Food Studios

Using the latest technology including Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, AI, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things, Finger Food works across platforms to provide innovative, industry-first solutions for global companies. We have a passion for building partnerships with our clients, and we have a reputation for outstanding delivery. Founded in 2009 and led by CEO Ryan Peterson, Finger Food harnesses the talents of a diverse and dedicated team of fearless innovators. Our forward-thinking and results-driven engineers, developers, creative directors, designers, project managers, UI/UX experts, QA testers, and business professionals tackle every project with creativity and curiosity.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Fortinet

From the start, the Fortinet vision has been to deliver broad, truly integrated, high-performance security across the IT infrastructure. We provide top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric. Our unique security fabric combines Security Processors, an intuitive operating system, and applied threat intelligence to give you proven security, exceptional performance, and better visibility and control--while providing easier administration.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

ICBC

All motorists in B.C. are required to buy a basic package of ICBC Autoplan insurance that provides coverage for third party liability protection, accident benefits, underinsured motorist protection, hit-and-run and uninsured motorists protection and inverse liability. A career at ICBC is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to be part of a talented, diverse and inclusive team in an environment that promotes growth and development.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Public Service Commission of Canada

We are the Public Service Commission of Canada and one of our main roles is the recruitment of future public servants for the Government of Canada. Working in the public service has real meaning and impact on the lives of Canadians. What we do matters, whether it’s pushing the boundaries of science to save lives or contributing to global security.

Targeted programs: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

SSI

SSI develops Autodesk based solutions for the shipbuilding and offshore industry including: ShipConstructor software, an AutoCAD based CAD/CAM product line; and EnterprisePlatform, a tool for sharing product data model information.

Targeted programs: Computer Science, Software Engineering

StarFish Medical

StarFish Medical is Canada’s largest medical device design, development and contract manufacturing company. We help medtech innovators throughout North America overcome challenging technology obstacles to create breakthrough products that improve health and save lives.

Targeted programs: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

VIATEC

VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector - Victoria's biggest industry, which now has:

  • $4.06 BILLION in annual revenues (up 30% in four years)
  • $5.22 BILLION in economic impact 
  • 16,775 Employees 
  • and 955 Tech Companies!

Targeted programs: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications & Information Security

Prepare for the fair (workshop and tips)

Career fairs are an excellent way to see jobs in your field of study, meet employers and expand your network. You'll get the most out of the fair if you spend some time preparing in advance.

Want in-person support?

Attend a Hi-Tech Career Prep Workshop for in-person tips on how to engage with employers:

  • Friday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m. in ECS 660, or
  • Monday, February 4 at 4:30 p.m. in ECS 660

Looking for self-guided tips?

Before the fair

  • Register in the Learning In Motion events calendar for the career prep workshop offered by John Fagan, engineering career educator.
  • Give some thought to what you hope to accomplish at the fair
  • Identify the companies you want to connect with and research them in advance
  • Prepare a list of questions you want to ask exhibitors (see "How to talk with exhibitors" section on this page)
  • Print some résumés and prepare any other material you want to bring along (business cards, examples of your work, etc)

During the fair

  • Wait your turn in line
  • Introduce yourself, offer a handshake and ask your questions
  • Allow time for the employer to respond and listen
  • Take notes
  • Ask the employer for a business card
  • Ask if you can call the employer to follow up
  • Find out if the employer plans to hire in the future
  • Thank everyone you speak with
  • Record the information you collect for future reference, especially the names, positions and contact information of the people you meet at the fair

After the fair

  • Send a thank-you note to those you met at the fair
  • If there appeared to be immediate or future employment opportunities with a company, send your résumé and cover letter and make reference to meeting at the fair

How to talk with exhibitors

Not sure what to say when you're at the fair? Exhibitors want to speak with you! They are looking for talented students to help their organization and this is a great opportunity for you to make a good impression. Use these tips if you're having trouble thinking of conversation starters.

How to introduce yourself to exhibitors

An effective introduction includes your name and some information about yourself. Here's a sample introduction:

'Good morning. My name is [name] (pause for handshake). I am working on [degree] and I am looking for information about work in the area of [your area of interest]. I read on your website that you have internships for new graduates interested in this area. I would be interested in applying for one of those internships.'

At this point, you and the recruiter will have a brief conversation, during which you can ask some questions about the internship or the organization. You will find out more about the application process, and possibly leave your résumé with the recruiter.

Sample questions to ask exhibitors

  • How does one enter this field?
  • How did you enter it?
  • What are typical entry-level jobs like?
  • What skills (aptitudes, interests and personal characteristics) are important for this work?
  • What are the most relevant majors for this work? What are the educational/training requirements?
  • Are there any specific courses you recommend that I take?
  • Would I need more than an undergraduate degree for employment or advancement?
  • What are the prospects for this work in Victoria? What are the prospects elsewhere?
  • What kinds of positions will you be recruiting for and from which academic backgrounds?
  • Do you hire students for the summer (or co-op work terms)?
  • When and how do you advertise your available positions?
  • Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in working in the field?
  • Can you suggest materials I should read to learn more about it? How important is having related experience?
  • Could you suggest any volunteer work that might help me gain experience in this area? What is the culture like at your workplace?
  • What do you like most about your work?
  • What do you find challenging?
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