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Hello everyone! Nice to meet you!
My name is Carlos Humberto and I'm from Brazil, state of Minas Gerais!
I'm going to graduate as an Electrical Engineer at the half of this year (course of 5 years), and i have a diploma of electrical technician (course of 2 years).
The lifestyle here is not so good... my city (Uberlândia) don't have many companies to work at my area (of power systems), besides a lot of other problems (taxes, corruption, etc.).
So... i want to move to Canada! I've made some research of the lifestyle in there, and i loved it all ...
The state that i plan to go is British Columbia, at Vancouver!
But yet ... I don't have a lot of experience at my area of work ... and for me to get those experiences at Canada, I will have to do (again) another course of electrical technician (so i can get the terms used on electrical area at Canada , and some apprentice job).

So ... one again, nice to meet everyone here ! And i want some help from you guys, about information on those stuffs ... as what kind of studying program should i do ...or where should i look for experience in there ... I'm kinda lost on these issues ... I just saw people saying on internet that doing another course of electrical technician would be good for me to know the terms used on Canada, and to get an apprentice job!

What do you guys think ? What type of place should i look for another course of electrical technician ? Or should i not look to make another one ?

I really appreciate all the help you guys can give me ... and if you want to ask me anything, you can ask ! And if i can help with anything, i will try to max to help you too!

:)
 

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Welcome to the forum Carlos,

If you come to Vancouver,BC and want to do some training, go to BCIT (Burnaby,BC). Don't even consider anywhere else.

I don't believe there is such a thing as "electrical technician" here.. you're either a low voltage technician (data / communications / security ..etc) or you are an electrician. Becoming an electrician will take you about 4-5 years of work experience and 4 levels of training, each being 10 weeks long (once per year). The starting pay for an apprentice electrician in Vancouver will be $11-13 per hour, plus vacation/holiday pay (add 4-6%). Overtime (150% of hourly pay) happens after 8 hours of work in a day or after 40 hours worked in a week.

Apprenticeships are not that hard to get.. though it's not that easy. Having good english communication will help.. though companies like new immigrants because they tend to be hard working and don't complain much or at all.

I can supply more information to specific questions you have.. I also live in Vancouver.
 

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Hello everyone! Nice to meet you!
My name is Carlos Humberto and I'm from Brazil, state of Minas Gerais!
I'm going to graduate as an Electrical Engineer at the half of this year (course of 5 years), and i have a diploma of electrical technician (course of 2 years).
The lifestyle here is not so good... my city (Uberlândia) don't have many companies to work at my area (of power systems), besides a lot of other problems (taxes, corruption, etc.).
So... i want to move to Canada! I've made some research of the lifestyle in there, and i loved it all ...
The state that i plan to go is British Columbia, at Vancouver!
But yet ... I don't have a lot of experience at my area of work ... and for me to get those experiences at Canada, I will have to do (again) another course of electrical technician (so i can get the terms used on electrical area at Canada , and some apprentice job).

So ... one again, nice to meet everyone here ! And i want some help from you guys, about information on those stuffs ... as what kind of studying program should i do ...or where should i look for experience in there ... I'm kinda lost on these issues ... I just saw people saying on internet that doing another course of electrical technician would be good for me to know the terms used on Canada, and to get an apprentice job!

What do you guys think ? What type of place should i look for another course of electrical technician ? Or should i not look to make another one ?

I really appreciate all the help you guys can give me ... and if you want to ask me anything, you can ask ! And if i can help with anything, i will try to max to help you too!

:)

Hello Carlos Welcome to the forum..:thumbup:
 

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Thanks for the welcome, guys. :)

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I've already sent my CV to there ... but they don't have any vacancies open for my area (it would be with the Caterpillar motor-generators) and yet, it's just in São Paulo ... :(

FrunkSlammer
Thanks for the info, Frunk! About the Electric Technician here, we work with both low voltage (data / communications / security , like you saied) and high voltage (that it would be the normal electrician you talked about ... can work with power supply companies, generators, almost any type of electrical installations. The simple problem is the experience issue ... we don't have many big companies here... and when appears any
Apprenticeships vacancy, the number of competitors is like 4000+ people for 1 vacancy ! Hahahahahaha (with a really terrible salary .... in dollars, it would be, at the most, 3$ canadian dollars per hour).
But if I try to join the BCIT, i can take an apprenticeship job after 6 months studying in there, right?
And in some months, i will become an engineer ( i just need to finish my coursework and present it ) ... dDoes that help me with anything at all ? Like ... a better chance to get to study at BCIT ? :)
And how does BCIT works? How to join the college ... how much is it ... stuffs like that! :laughing:
I really thank you for your help, Frunk!
 

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The solution here would be to go live alone at São Paulo .... with that salary that i saied ... but the tax are really high in there... and yet, life in there is not good (too much corruption and crimes) and i don't have any family in there (if i had, i would consider to go there).
 

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Taking a college course is no guarantee that you will get an apprenticeship. You might want to search this site for other threads on this subject.

Many immigrants come to Canada and arrive in Toronto or Vancouver. These may not be your best destinations in terms of cost of living compared to wage and employment potential. I encourage you to investigate the entire country before you make any hard decisions.

One of my business partners is an immigrant who first arrived in Vancouver. He soon realized the cost of living was to high for him. He went to Alberta, then Saskatchewan and then settled in Edmonton.

You are very excited and we encourage people like you, technically gifted and with strong English skills, to come to our country. You have a lot of research to do first, however.
 

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Taking a college course is no guarantee that you will get an apprenticeship. You might want to search this site for other threads on this subject.

Many immigrants come to Canada and arrive in Toronto or Vancouver. These may not be your best destinations in terms of cost of living compared to wage and employment potential. I encourage you to investigate the entire country before you make any hard decisions.

One of my business partners is an immigrant who first arrived in Vancouver. He soon realized the cost of living was to high for him. He went to Alberta, then Saskatchewan and then settled in Edmonton.

You are very excited and we encourage people like you, technically gifted and with strong English skills, to come to our country. You have a lot of research to do first, however.
Well ... it's not a guarantee anywhere ...
Your tips may be good! I will research more about other places in Canada!
But i want to move to Canada, not because of money .... i'm not desperate to get rich or ... whatever xD
Of course, if the opportunity appears, i will do the max to get it!
I wanted to move to Vancouver because it seemed as a nice place to live on ... (and that it's not so cold as Quebec! ).
And what about your partner? Where is he from??
 

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Hello everyone! Nice to meet you!
My name is Carlos Humberto and I'm from Brazil, state of Minas Gerais!
I'm going to graduate as an Electrical Engineer at the half of this year (course of 5 years), and i have a diploma of electrical technician (course of 2 years).
The lifestyle here is not so good... my city (Uberlândia) don't have many companies to work at my area (of power systems), besides a lot of other problems (taxes, corruption, etc.).
So... i want to move to Canada! I've made some research of the lifestyle in there, and i loved it all ...
The state that i plan to go is British Columbia, at Vancouver!
But yet ... I don't have a lot of experience at my area of work ... and for me to get those experiences at Canada, I will have to do (again) another course of electrical technician (so i can get the terms used on electrical area at Canada , and some apprentice job).

So ... one again, nice to meet everyone here ! And i want some help from you guys, about information on those stuffs ... as what kind of studying program should i do ...or where should i look for experience in there ... I'm kinda lost on these issues ... I just saw people saying on internet that doing another course of electrical technician would be good for me to know the terms used on Canada, and to get an apprentice job!

What do you guys think ? What type of place should i look for another course of electrical technician ? Or should i not look to make another one ?

I really appreciate all the help you guys can give me ... and if you want to ask me anything, you can ask ! And if i can help with anything, i will try to max to help you too!

:)
If you are getting a college degree in electrical engineering, have you considered getting your professional engineering (PE) license? Assuming it's from an accredited school, of course.

In Canada, this might be a good place to start research, if it interests you:

http://www.engineerscanada.ca/about-professional-engineers
 

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If you are getting a college degree in electrical engineering, have you considered getting your professional engineering (PE) license? Assuming it's from an accredited school, of course.

In Canada, this might be a good place to start research, if it interests you:

http://www.engineerscanada.ca/about-professional-engineers
True, but he would first have to get an EIT under his belt, at least in the US

And, if the job market is as bad as he says maybe an internship with a large company or a masters degree would be something to look at.
 

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Yes, to become a PE in the US you need to pass both the EIT and the Principles and Practice exams, but you don't need to get the EIT right away. Hell, you can't even take the PP exam until you have at least 4 years experience working directly under a PE, and only then can you even submit paperwork to see if they'll allow you to sit for it. So there's still plenty of time for him to get his EIT (which you need first, obviously).

If engineering is the road he wants to take, I'm sure there are firms in Canada where he could start off doing CAD drafting and design layouts. That's how I started, anyway.

But how the engineering vs. electrician job market is up there, I have no idea which is in higher demand.
 
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