Engineer-in-training/Geoscientist-in-training program

Last updated: March 2, 2022


Are you a recent graduate from university in engineering or geoscience?

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is currently looking for engineering and sciences post-secondary graduates for the Engineer-in-Training/Geoscientist-in-Training (EIT/GIT) Program.

By joining our ministry, you'll be given the chance to build on your strong educational foundation with first hand work experience. Full-time permanent employment with us includes a comprehensive training plan and rotations around the province. As an EIT/GIT, you'll be assigned a mentor who will share their lifetime of work experience and provide you with advice and direction.

You'll be hired into a permanent position and compensated as a Licensed Science Officer (LSO 1) until you become a registered professional with Engineers & Geoscientists BC. You'll spend your first 4 years working towards becoming a registered professional engineer or geoscientist.

The ministry is an accredited employer with Engineers & Geoscientists BC. This allows participating EITs to become registered on the employer’s recommendation and their applications are expedited through the low-risk pathway towards professional registration.

In the last year of the program, you'll focus on learning more ministry-specific required experience and be compensated as an LSO 2. Upon completion of this last year, you'll be placed in your final position within the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at a geographic location that meets the ministry’s needs and be fully compensated as a LSO 3 (DPE classification).

Visit the ministry blog to learn more about the types of positions we're recruiting for and the locations around the province where you could start your career.

The EIT/GIT program

The program is an opportunity to gain applied technical and management experience by working on challenging projects with increasing levels of responsibility.

There are multiple job and geographic rotations over the course of the program, giving you the opportunity to train, develop and grow professionally.

This program is a great way to build a diverse portfolio and develop a thorough knowledge of the ministry.

Competitive compensation

This is the compensation you can expect to receive:

  • As a regular full-time employee and member of the Professional Employees Association, you'll start with a salary in the LSO 1 classification grid
  • Your step (level of pay) in the series will be based on your level of education and relevant experience, plus 7% compensation for overtime available as pay or time in lieu
  • Upon receipt of professional engineer designation from Engineers & Geoscientists BC, EITs/GITs receive not less than 8% above the employee's current salary or the minimum salary of the new range, whichever is greater
  • Once you've received your professional designation and have the required amount of experience, typically after 5 years, you'll be placed at your final location within B.C.
  • LSO 3 designated professional engineers receive an additional 6.5% of your basic salary as a recruitment and retention allowance
  • Benefits are an important part of your total compensation package
    • On average, your benefits add over 20% to your overall compensation
    • Some of the core benefits you'll receive include:
      • 20 days of vacation to start
      • Extended health coverage
      • Dental coverage
      • BC Public Service Pension Plan
      • Employee basic life insurance

EIT/GIT program job streams

Here's a list of EIT/GIT job streams:

  • Electrical (electrical engineering or a related field)
  • Traffic & Highway Safety (civil engineering with a focus on transportation or a related field)
  • Geotechnical (geological engineering, materials engineering and civil engineering or a related field)
  • Highway Design (civil engineering with a focus on transportation or a related field)
  • Structural (engineering with a focus on structural engineering)
  • District (civil engineering or a related field)
  • Project Management (civil engineering with a focus on transportation)
  • Geoscience

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Potential work locations

Here are some of the places you can work:

  • Prince George
  • Kamloops
  • Coquitlam
  • Victoria

If applying to the district project management stream, you can work in:

  • Cranbrook
  • Coquitlam
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Nanaimo
  • Nelson
  • Williams Lake

Working conditions

These EIT/GIT positions may include some driving and travel, occasional hazardous working conditions/locations and working outside during periods of severe weather and/or rough terrain.

A willingness to work outside of normal business hours as well as some public speaking will be required.

What we do

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure delivers a wide range of transportation services to the citizens of British Columbia.

We're looking for creative and innovative individuals who enjoy working in teams on unique and challenging projects.

For more information, visit the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure projects playlist.

Who we are

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure employs a broad range of engineering professionals.

Review some of our current employee profiles:

Working for us

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's employees take pride in the meaningful and challenging work we do each day. Our employees value innovation and creativity. Our executive, strategic human resources, managers and employees work together to continually improve our work environment.

Our ministry is known for the excellent quality of our people, for having a can-do attitude and for producing fantastic results. By hiring passionate and enthusiastic EITs/GITs, we're making sure we can continue the tradition of excellence for which the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is known.

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