Helen-Xia

BEng, MEng, MASc
Instructor
School of Science and Technology, Electronics Engineering
Office: A222C
Phone: (902) 563-1962

 

Students in Cape Breton University’s Bachelor of Engineering Technology program gain a hands-on education using state-of-the-art equipment, says Helen, an electronics and controls instructor who has been with the university for 11 years.

“We try to teach what is going on in industry so students will know what to do when they get into the workforce,” she says. “We have the latest materials and equipment so they can go to work right after graduation.”

The BET degree is available in four disciplines: electronics and controls, environmental studies, manufacturing and petroleum. Helen says that kind of variety gives students options when it comes to employment.

“Students can go to work in a power plant, the oil and gas industry, manufacturing and machine shops, or any computer-controlled industry,” she says.

The program also includes a co-op option in which students combine classroom studies with a work term.

“We try to close the gap between academics and industry,” says Helen.

“There are a lot of jobs in engineering right now,” she adds. “Most students find a job right away. Maybe not in Nova Scotia, but there are jobs Canadawide.”

CBU also offers a transfer program that allows students to earn their professional engineering degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., or Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont.

“I find most students, after they graduate with the BET, find a good job,” says Helen. “Some come back to take the professional degree when they want a promotion.”