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CALGARY POWER ENGINEER TRAINING CANDIDATE SELECTION

CALGARY POWER ENGINEER TRAINING CANDIDATE SELECTION

CALGARY POWER ENGINEER TRAINING CANDIDATE SELECTION

 INDUSTRY INTERVIEW DAY  –  OCT 1, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, our power engineer training program team joined forces with industry partners from Husky, Shell, CNRL, and Orion Group to interview 42 applicants shortlisted for this year’s fast tracked 4th class power engineer training program, to commence November 9.

Industry involvement in the assessment of our candidates are two crucial elements in the AIR here at OGTP. AIR – Assessment, Involvement, and Recruitment, are the three guiding principles of our training programs, and we invite our corporate partners to participate in any or all of these areas.  Assessment means interviewing the candidates we have shortlisted to help us identify the right candidates for training. Involvement can mean coming to our classroom to share knowledge about the power engineering field, or presenting the strengths and opportunities of a company, or hosting a facilities tour. Recruitment means considering our graduates as potential employees and having an early bird opportunity to interview them should a partner choose to do so.  Of course, there is never an obligation to recruit, but always the opportunity.

Feedback received from our partners who helped assess applicants last week is crucial to our understanding of how our applicants are perceived by industry. The question put to our partners during such the assessment process is: ‘if you were interviewing these candidates for a job with your company, would you consider them suitable for the power engineering field?’

Arriving at Enform’s Calgary facility at 9:00 a.m., recruiter and technical representatives from Husky Energy, Shell Canada Limited, CNRL, and Orion Group, were given an orientation to prepare for the interviewing process. Interviewing followed, with each interview taking approximately 20 minutes, and each candidate being interviewed just once. Candidates were asked to explain their backgrounds and how their existing skills would serve them in a power engineering career. They were also asked to demonstrate their understanding of the commitment the program would require, and why they want to take the training.

We are now reviewing the invaluable feedback received from our partners, and working to select the twenty candidates who will begin training November 9. We invite our partners to take in more of OGTP AIR by coming in over the 37 weeks of the program to share their knowledge and expertise with our students. If you are new to our unique program and would like to participate or simply know more about what we do, please contact Michele Veldhoen at 403 514 8327 or at mveldhoen@ccisab.ca

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