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Graduate Studies Professional Development

Engineering graduate students must undertake a minimum of 8 hours of professional development over the course of their degree as required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). In addition, as of Fall 2017, Engineering will require training in preparation of a student’s Individual Development Plan (IDP) and 4 hours of career development related workshops provided by the Faculty of Engineering.

  • To be counted, professional development activities must be trackable and verifiable. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that professional development documentation meets these requirements.
  • Professional development can provide additional training in the student’s area of study if not available in the Faculty of Engineering’s programs (e.g., workshops at conferences).
  • Professional development cannot be related to the traditional technical aspects of engineering degrees (e.g., learning software, elements of courses available in a student’s program, training on equipment available in a supervisor or co-supervisor’s lab). However, use of software in non-traditional or higher level applications, applicable to all fields, can be considered for professional development but must be pre-approved.

For more information, go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research page on professional development requirements.

Mandatory professional development activities

As of Fall 2017, Engineering Graduate students are required to meet their Professional Development requirement through the completion of two virtual courses available through e-class.

“ENG Grad PD 01” is an eClass course to be used for submitting the signed review document of the students’ Individual Development Plan (IDP), and to track participation in selected Professional Development sessions, focusing on engineering-relevant career skills. Students must complete ENG Grad PD 01 requirements in their first year of study for Master’s, and 18 months for PhD students. Students can self-enroll in this virtual course at the following link: ENG GRAD PD 01: IDP and 4hrs Engineering PD

“ENG Grad PD 02” is a system to track verifiable professional development hours to meet FGSR requirements. These include professional development offered by FGSR, conference workshops, NAIT courses, etc., as described below. Records (e.g., certificates, etc.) verifying 8 or more hours of professional development activities must be documented in ENG Grad PD 02 by the various deadlines, as appropriate (program completion for M.Eng. students, defence date for M.Sc. students, and within three years of the start of program for Ph.D. students). Students can self-enroll in this virtual course at the following link: ENG GRAD PD 02: 8hrs PD for FGSR

List of accepted professional development activities

The following list of acceptable professional development activities has been pre-approved by the Faculty of Engineering, to be amended from time to time. Any students requesting professional development credit for activities not clearly covered by this list are required to obtain approval by their department’s Associate Chair (Graduate) in order to have it counted (and added to the list).

  • Sessions offered by FGSR that are not software related
  • Sessions offered by the Engineering Employment Centre
  • Conference workshops and short courses that do not overlap with an available course in the Faculty of Engineering
  • GTL teaching levels 1, 2, 3 up to a maximum of 4 hours
  • NAIT technical courses specifically developed for Engineering students in manufacturing measurements and machining (up to 4 hours)
  • List of yearly approved FEGRS workshops
  • Three minute thesis workshop (up to 1 hour)
  • Formal networking workshops
  • Internships as defined by FGSR (up to 8 hours)
  • Career development activities as elected graduate student association executive or as elected members of University, Faculty or Department committees is equivalent to 2 hours of professional development