Frequently Asked Questions

Student FAQ

Where is the Engineering Employment Centre located?

You can find us on the second floor of the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) by the pedway to the Chemical and Materials Engineering Building. Our office number is ETLC E2-050. See our office location on a campus map.

What are your office hours?

September 1 - April 30: 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday to Friday
May 1 - August 31: 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday to Friday

All University of Alberta offices observe closures for statutory holidays. For office closures, visit Human Resource Services.

Who is eligible to use your services?

All University of Alberta Engineering students and alumni, regardless of year or discipline, are welcome to access our services.

How much does it cost to use your services?

The services offered by the Engineering Employment Centre are free of charge to all University of Alberta Engineering students and alumni.

I need help with my resume / cover letter / job search. Can I book an appointment?

Due to high demand for our services, we are unable to schedule individual consultation appointments.

Please see our Events Calendar for employment workshops and peer review sessions. New sessions are added regularly - check back if the current times do not suit your schedule.

When should I start looking for a job?
It is never too early to start looking for summer or permanent work. As a general rule it is a good idea to start looking for your next summer or permanent position in September of the year before (ie. September 2020 for a summer 2021 job) as this is a major recruiting time for many employers. Many organizations complete their hiring by November, so start your search early to avoid missing out on many great opportunities.
I am an international student. What are my employment options?

Unfortunately, our office is unable to advise on international student employment in Canada. Please visit UAlberta International for current employment guidelines for international students according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

What is a CACEE form? Where can I find this form?

Some employers choose to have applicants submit a CACEE form along with their application. This form helps employers learn more about aspects of an employee's character and includes achievements and activities outside of the applicant's career path. You can download and print a copy of this form from CACEE.

What is the access code for PlacePro?

The student access code for PlacePro is uofaeng.

Why do I get an "Invalid access code" error when I try to login to PlacePro?

Please ensure that you are logging in at the Canadian site, www.placeprocanada.com. Our access code will not work at the American PlacePro site.

If you are unable to login to www.placeprocanada.com, please contact our office

I can't remember my PlacePro login/password. How can I get this information?

User can retrieve their login information from the student login page. Click on the Forgot Password? link to open a pop-up box where you can enter your email address along with the access code uofaeng. After you click Retrieve Password, the system will send your login and password to your email address.

If you are unable to retrieve your login information using this link, email us at engineering.employment@ualberta.ca for further assistance.

I followed the instructions on your website but I can't access PlacePro. How can I access the system?

The instructions on our website are for first-time users only. Most students complete the first time user login procedure as part of an assignment for ENGG 100 and then forget their login information! If you think this might be the case for you, try to retrieve your login information using the Forgot Password? link available on the student login page.

If this solution does not work for you, contact us at engineering.employment@ualberta.ca for assistance.

Why can't I see any new jobs in PlacePro?

In order to view current postings in PlacePro, you need to ensure that you job search preferences are set correctly. You can find instructions on how to set your preferences in our User's Guide (PDF).

I want to apply to a posting in PlacePro, but I can't click on the "Apply" checkbox. How do I apply to this posting?

You must have a document uploaded to PlacePro in order to click on the "Apply" checkbox. If you do not have a document available in PlacePro, the checkbox will appear grey and cannot be selected by clicking on it.

How do I upload transcripts to PlacePro?

For University of Alberta transcripts, you can login to your Bear Tracks account and download unofficial transcripts to your desktop and then upload them to PlacePro.

Important: Most postings entered into PlacePro include a two-step application process that directs applicants to submit their documents directly to the company as well as through PlacePro as well as directly to the company. It is very important that you read and follow the specific application instructions provided at the top of each job posting to ensure that your application is received.

I applied to a posting through PlacePro, but the icons in PlacePro have not been updated to indicate that my application has been sent to the company. When will my documents be sent to the employer?

For the majority of postings in PlacePro, these icons will not be updated to indicate your application status. It is very important that you read and follow the specific application instructions provided at the top of each job posting to ensure that your application is received.

Most postings entered into PlacePro instruct candidates to apply directly to the company via email or using an online applicant tracking system. These postings will not display status updates in PlacePro: you will need to follow up directly with the company to learn more about their progress through the recruitment process for that role. 

Occasionally, employers request that applications be collected by the Engineering Employment Centre and then sent all at once in a packet following the closing date. The instructions for these postings include only one step: applying through PlacePro. For these postings, the icons in PlacePro will be updated once the packet is sent to the employer.

For personal job application tracking purposes, you may choose upload your application documents through PlacePro. Submitting your application documents through PlacePro also enables the Engineering Employment Centre to provide the company with a backup applicant list in the event that applications are lost due to technical errors. 

Employer FAQ

Where is the Engineering Employment Centre located?

You can find us on the second floor of the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) by the pedway to the Chemical and Materials Engineering Building. Our office number is ETLC E2‑050. Click here to see our office location on a campus map.

What are your office hours?

September 1 - April 30: 8:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday to Friday
May 1 - August 31: 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday to Friday

All University of Alberta offices observe closures for statutory holidays. For office closures, visit Human Resource Services.

Who can use your services?

We are open to all employers interested in recruiting University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering students and alumni.

Please note that we cannot post opportunities on behalf of third party placement agencies or recruiters. See our Third Part Recruiter Policy.

How much does it cost to use your services?

The Engineering Employment Centre offers free services to all prospective employers. As there are no fees for any of our services demand can be high so we strongly encourage you contact us early to book your session or interview suite.

How can I post an employment opportunity in your database??

To post an opportunity in our employment database, simply forward a digital copy of your posting to us directly at engineering.employment@ualberta.ca.

Our useful Job Posting Tips will help you put together an effective job description that will attract high-quality, experienced candidates.

How can I arrange on-campus interviews?

Once you've identified the candidates you would like to interview, you can forward your list of candidates, along with your preferred interview time(s) and date(s), as well as any special requirements you might have to engineering.employment@ualberta.ca. One of our Employment Coordinators will contact you to confirm the information and begin inviting students to the interview.

How can I book an information session?

To book an information session simply contact us at engineering.employment@ualberta.ca with your name, company name, and contact information and one of our Employment Coordinators will be in touch with you to make all the necessary arrangements.

Campus Recruitment during COVID-19 pandemic (updated June 25): With the recent announcement from the University of Alberta that students will be completing classes virtually this fall, and the ongoing health and travel concerns related to COVID-19, on-campus recruitment will be different for Fall 2020. We are currently planning how to best facilitate virtual connections and ask that you take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to help us understand your needs and ensure that your company is connected with the right opportunities as soon as details are finalized.

I need to hire someone right away. Do you have a resume database that we can access?

Unfortunately, we do not maintain a database of student and alumni resumes. The Engineering Employment Centre links employers and prospective applicants by posting specific employment opportunities in our database. Our students and alumni are then invited to apply to opportunities that interest them.

How can the EEC help us handle a large number of applications?

Email applications can quickly fill your inbox - let us help you manage this by collecting applications on your behalf. Using our employment database, we can collect applications from interested parties until the posted closing date, and then submit the entire package to you in a PDF document.