Seeking Advice on Transitioning to Engineering Profession in Vancouver, BC

Hello everyone,

I am reaching out to this knowledgeable community as I am about to embark on a major transition in my life. I have recently completed my BEng (Hons), and while I have not yet received my final results, I am anticipating a first. I am set to move to Vancouver, British Columbia at the end of July and am eager to begin my career in engineering there.

From my research, I understand that I must become licensed as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) before I can legally work as an engineer. While I prepare for this move and the necessary procedures, I have several questions that I'm hoping some of you may be able to help with:

  1. Is it possible to work as an engineer without being licensed by EGBC if I am working under a Professional Engineer (Peng)?
  2. Am I able to apply for engineering roles as long as the licensing/registration process is underway? In other words, can I start applying as soon as I’ve submitted my application for licensure?
  3. Can I begin the application process for the EIT licensure before actually setting foot in Canada?
  4. I would be grateful to hear from anyone who has gone through this process. Any insights, tips, or general advice you could share would be invaluable.
  5. I am also interested in job hunting tips specifically for the Vancouver area. Are there any particular things to look out for, any companies or sectors to avoid, or any general advice on securing a good engineering role in this region?
  6. Finally, I would appreciate any recommendations for groups or forums that are good for networking with other engineers or recruitment agents in Vancouver or Canada more broadly. 

Transitioning to a new country and navigating the professional landscape can be challenging, so I appreciate any help and guidance I can get from those who have already walked this path. Thank you in advance for your time and for any advice you may provide.

Best Regards,

Spike Wilson