Hi-Tech Co-op and Career Fair

Hi-Tech Fair

When: Tues, Feb 4 and Wed, Feb 5, 2020 | 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.

 

This fair is for students studying...

  • Applied Data Science
  • 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

What employers are attending (Tuesday, Feb 4)

The following employers are attending the 2020 fair on Tuesday, February 4.

Codan Communications - Gold sponsor

Codan Communications is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications solutions.  When you dial 9-1-1, Codan’s radio equipment is what the dispatcher uses to send police, firefighters or paramedics to you.  Trusted by the world’s largest mission critical, security, public safety and humanitarian agencies, Codan has built their reputation for reliability over 60 years in communications and in some of the toughest conditions on the planet.

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

FortisBC - Gold sponsor

FortisBC provides natural gas and electricity utilities to 1.2 million customers across BC.  They deliver approximately 21% of the total energy consumed in BC homes, schools and businesses, more than any other utility company in the province.  FortisBC has 2,400 dedicated employees who are focused on quality service and customer satisfaction.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Daitan - Silver sponsor

Daitan provides full lifecycle software product development, product maintenance and quality assurance services to leading global technology companies.  They have led the development and deployment of hundreds of software products and systems in over 50 countries.  Daitan is headquartered in California and has engineering operations in Brazil and Victoria.

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

Redbrick - Silver sponsor

Redbrick is the parent organization to a portfolio of disruptive digital companies.  They conceive, acquire, build and support the evolution of ideas into digital companies that consumers engage with and enjoy.  Redbrick’s companies include:  Assembly, a digital publishing company; Shift, a productivity app that streamlines your workflow; and Rebase, a designer of custom web-browsing solutions.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering

Aecon

Aecon is Canada’s largest publicly-traded construction and infrastructure development company.  They have a roster of ongoing major projects here and abroad, and a robust pipeline of future project pursuits.  Aecon brings together state-of-the-art technology, the most recent advances in process and an experienced team to best serve their infrastructure projects.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering



AML Oceanographic / Quester Tangent (shared booth)

AML Oceanographic manufactures ocean sensing solutions for organizations around the globe for hydrographic, environmental and scientific research applications.  Their technical team includes experts and engineers with experience in acoustic, mechanical, electrical, software and embedded software domains.  AML operates on either end of Canada in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Sidney, BC. 

Quester Tangent offers flexible, modular, scalable electronic and software products to rail vehicle manufacturers and transit authorities that enable the efficient movement of people and goods.  Each onboard and wayside product they design, manufacture and support helps their customers increase operational efficiency, improve fleet availability, optimize on-time performance and enhance passenger safety and comfort.

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

BBA

BBA is an engineering consulting firm specializing in power, mining & metals, biofuels, and oil & gas.  Clients choose BBA because they provide comprehensive engineering, project and environmental consulting services at all stages of their asset lifecycle – from front-end studies, to detailed engineering and back-end field operations.

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

Benevity

Benevity is the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, including online giving, matching, volunteering and community investment.  Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate goodness programs by connecting people to the causes that matter to them.  Benevity’s software has processed nearly 3 billion dollars in donations and 17 million hours of volunteering time to 200,000 charities worldwide.

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

Blastworks

Blastworks builds exciting, engaging games that incorporate innovative social features, reach millions of players around the world and consistently achieve top store rankings.  Blastworks wraps great games with a layer of social interaction that extends beyond the game, delivering more player delight via tournaments, chat, achievements and innovative social-competitive ecosystems.

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

Finger Food Advanced Technology Group

Finger Food Advanced Technology Group builds custom technology solutions to solver some of the most complex and challenging problems faced by businesses today.  They have a team of 200+ omni-stack professionals – including designers, developers, engineers and project managers.  In-house expertise in AI, AR/VR/ Blockchain, Robotics and IoT enables Finger Food to create impactful and elegant cloud, web, mobile, machine and advanced-interface solutions built on top of emerging technologies.

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

ICBC

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is a provincial crown corporation focused on providing public auto insurance, processing insurance claims, managing driver licensing, overseeing vehicle registration and promoting road safety initiatives.  ICBC has a diverse team of IT professionals that work in areas such as application development, digital workplace, information management, project services and technology platform operations. 

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

Jacob Bros Construction

Jacob Bros is a mid-sized, multi-disciplinary Canadian general contractor specializing in heavy civil and commercial construction.  They set themselves apart by self-performing most work using their talented in-house team and modern fleet of equipment.  Jacob Bros’ offices are located in Surrey with a satellite office in Langford.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Kiewit

Kiewit is one of North America’s largest, most respected construction and engineering organizations.  They improve and connect communities across the United States, Canada and Mexico through complex projects in transportation, water & wastewater, power, oil & gas, chemical, building, industrial and mining.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Online Constructors

Online Constructors is a civil engineering and construction contractor, specializing in marine construction, water and sewer treatment, roads and bridges.  Their main clients include the City of Abbotsford, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Transport Canada and Parks Canada.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Paper Excellence

Paper Excellence has grown from a single mill base to a multi-national group producing 2.7 million tonnes of paper & pulp and employing more than 2,600 people.  As leaders in the global pulp and paper industry, Paper Excellence is constantly innovating and championing the continued growth of their sector, and is deeply committed to building a more sustainable forestry sector.

Targeted programs:  Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

PBX Engineering

PBX Engineering is a professional consulting firm specializing in electrical and systems engineering and with deep technical expertise across a number of core service areas.  They deliver a complete range of design and deployment services for infrastructure projects throughout North America.  On paper, PBX designs and builds systems, but in practice, they solve problems and improve infrastructure.

Targeted programs: Electrical Engineering

Photon Control

Photon Control is a leading supplier of fiber optic temperature and position measurement technologies used in the Wafer Fabrication Equipment industry.  They develop, design and manufacture contact & immersion temperature probes, temperature converters and fiber optic wafer position sensors.  Photon Control’s world-class team of engineers specialize in optics, mechanics, electronics and materials science to tackle the toughest measurement problems.

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

Reliable Controls

Reliable Controls specializes in the design and manufacture of internet-connected building automation controls.  Their innovative products automate building environments, decreasing their impact on our planet.  Reliable Controls is dedicated to providing simple, flexible and sustainable systems.  Their state-of-the-art LEED Platinum certified headquarters annex consumes only one eighth of the energy of a comparable commercial building.

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

Rooof

Rooof designs and builds innovative software products that help multi-family property management companies create the best-performing classified ads with the least amount of effort.  Their product, PostEngine automates the creation, posting and renewal of classified ads.

Targeted programs: Applied Data Science, Computer Science, Software Engineering

Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors is a fast-growing education technology company that is revolutionizing how people learn with new and innovative technology.  Their award-winning online and mobile learning platforms connect students and professionals from around the world with personalized tutoring.  Varsity Tutors has acquired $107M worth of funding, which will enable them to further its vision.

Targeted programs:  Computer Science, Software Engineering


 

What employers are attending (Wednesday, Feb 5)

The following employers are attending the 2020 fair on Wednesday, February 5.

Campbell Construction - Silver sponsor

Campbell Construction is a construction management and general contracting company, servicing Vancouver Island for over 50 years.  They have completed thousands of construction projects, including high-rise and multi-unit residential, commercial, institutional, recreational, renovation and specialty projects. 

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Solaris Management Consultants - Silver sponsor

Solaris is a fully-integrated engineering firm, serving the oil & gas industry.  Solaris’ wide-ranging projects include full upstream field development, well-pads and pipelines, gas processing and compression, oil batteries, power infrastructure, water management, metering, refinery upgrades, operations and maintenance, liquid storage terminals and LNG plants.

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. AbeBooks is always hungry for new talent, including software developers, UX design gurus and dedicated technical managers.

Targeted programs: Computer Science, Software Engineering

AES Engineering

AES Engineering is an award-winning consulting film providing electrical, lighting and technology design services.  AES offers solutions for electrical engineering, architectural lighting design, information and communication technology, carbon and renewable solutions, EV charging infrastructure and master systems integration and smart buildings.

Targeted Programs: Electrical 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 sites, including school campuses, transportation systems, health care centers, public venues, critical infrastructure, prisons, factories, casinos, airports, financial institutions, government facilities and retailers.

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

AXYS Technologies

AXYS Technologies specializes in the design, manufacture and deployment of remote environmental monitoring systems.  AXYS applies their extensive knowledge and experience to marine, freshwater, offshore wind resource assessment and land-based monitoring systems that measure aquatic, oceanic and atmospheric parameters.

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

Babcock

Babcock is a global marine, aviation, nuclear and land systems company.  Their focus is the provision of vital services and mission-critical technology and support solutions for assets of national importance in the defence, civil and complex commercial domains.  Babcock is trusted to deliver a wide range of services including program management, material and logistic support, systems engineering, configuration management and records support, maintenance and refits and information management.

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

Dragados Canada

Dragados Canada specializes in studying, designing and executing every kind of civil infrastructure or construction project – tunnels, dams, highways, bridges, buildings, environmental, ports and high speed rail.  They have the size, financial muscle and technological innovation necessary to take on an integrated management of infrastructures: conception, financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Fortinet

Fortinet provides top-rated network and content security, securing the largest enterprises, service providers and government organizations around the world.  Fortinet’s Security Fabric architecture delivers security features without compromise to address the most critical challenges in networked, application, cloud or mobile environments.  Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 400,000 customers trust them to protect their businesses.

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

GC Jobs - Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is always looking to recruit the next generation of public servants, and has specific hiring programs for current co-op students, new graduates or full-time employment.  They also have a wide variety of opportunities for a wide variety of disciplines in a wide variety of departments.  Working in the federal public service has real meaning and impact on the lives of Canadians.

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

Herold Engineering

Herold Engineering is a well-diversified Vancouver Island based civil consulting and structural engineering company with a corporate office in Nanaimo and design offices in Victoria and Fort Nelson.  They are involved in a wide variety of building, municipal, transportation and marine projects throughout BC with the majority of their work on Vancouver Island.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering

Kano Apps

Kano Apps is a profitable and growing self-funded indie gaming studio.  They create and run free-to-play games as a service and have established gaming communities encompassing millions of players worldwide.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering

Latitude Technologies

Latitude Technologies is an avionics design and manufacturing firm offering completed 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 18 years.

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

Pomerleau

Pomerleau is one of Canada’s leading construction companies in the institutional, commercial, industrial and civil engineering sectors.  They have 4,000 employees and nine offices across the country, and their clients benefit from their expertise as a general contractor, construction manager, project manager and design builder.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

RBC

RBC is one of Canada’s biggest banks, providing personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services.  They are always building their team of technology professionals in streams like information security, quality engineering & automation, Agile & DevOps, data & AI, cloud & blockchain, developers, operations, and IT infrastructure & architecture.

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

Sierra Systems

Sierra Systems is an IT and management consulting services company.  They improve their clients’ businesses with advanced technology, clear thinking and solid expertise.  Sierra Systems offers a full range of management consulting, systems integration and managed services, tailored to a variety of industries including federal, provincial, health, justice, transportation, energy and financial.

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

SSI

SSI develops Autodesk based solutions for the shipbuilding and offshore industry, including ShipConstructor, an AutoCAD based CAD/CAM product line; and EnterprisePlatform, a tool for sharing product data model information.  Expert consultation is also available to ensure real time engineering data passes effortlessly between applications such as MRP, ERP or PLM tools.

Targeted programs: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering

Teck

Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy.  They were selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2018 & 2019, were recognized as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporation in 2019 for their dedication to environmental sustainability, and hire more than 150 students each year.

Targeted programs: Civil Engineering, 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.  They deliver financial management, human capital management and analytics applications to the world’s largest companies, educational institutions and government agencies.

Targeted programs:  Computer Science, Software Engineering

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

  • Monday, February 3 at 3 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?

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors.

GOLD SPONSOR
Codan Communications logo FortisBC logo
SILVER SPONSORS
Campbell Construction logo

Daitan logo

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