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Many students choose the Bachelor of Engineering Technology program at Cape Breton University because it is a three-year degree that gets them out into the working world quickly and with the requisite skills, says Bill, an environmental studies instructor who has been with CBU for 17 years.

Some may go on to get their Bachelor of Engineering, he adds, but there are plenty of jobs in engineering technology that don’t require the BEng.

“Constructing a building requires several kinds of engineers; civil and mechanical engineers, for example. They draw up the plans. But we need the technologists to build from the ground up.”

Bill says engineers require more theoretical training and calculus, while engineering technologists use more algebra and experience through hands-on learning.

Typically, engineers work in the office, while engineering technologists work on site or in the field.

“A technologist isn’t necessarily someone who wants to work at a high math level,” Bill says. “The technologist is more practical. With a BEng, you can move up into management further into your career.”

However, both engineers and engineering technologists earn very good wages and there are plenty of jobs available. Not all are in Cape Breton, but a large number have been here.

“In environmental studies, a lot of my former students work in consulting firms here.”

“A number work for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the provincial government,” says Bill. “There are also quasi-government bodies such as the ports corporation and the airport.”