Engineer in Training

Location: Thunder Bay

The OFNTSC offers exciting and challenging opportunities for enthusiastic, passionate engineers willing to work on projects vital to the development of Ontario’s First Nations. OFNTSC’s Engineer-in-Training (EIT) opportunity will provide an engineering graduate with valuable work experience leading to a Professional Engineering Designation and a rewarding engineering career with us. You’ll have the opportunity to work on important projects that will serve the Indigenous peoples of Ontario’s First Nations and work alongside bright, knowledgeable, and highly skilled people.

Engineers-in-Training is selected for their technical capability, their leadership potential, their alignment with our core values, their attitude, and their ability to become productive members of the OFNTSC. The OFNTSC’s EIT employment opportunity will provide participants with an in-depth engineering experience necessary to qualify for their Professional Engineering license in the Province of Ontario.

The Engineer In Training is responsible to work under the direct supervision of the Director of Engineering & Infrastructure and guidance of the Senior Engineer to support the Engineering Department activities for Ontario’s First Nations.

This includes supportive methods that will assist Ontario’s First Nations to effectively apply engineering planning, design, and project management principles and procedures in a cost-effective manner, over the full life cycle of community infrastructure.

Application Criteria

To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical).
  • Must be eligible for registration as an Engineer-in-Training with the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
  • Demonstrate the values of safety, teamwork, service, integrity, accountability, and ingenuity.

The fifty-week EIT opportunity is designed to provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and practical experience to help you achieve your Professional Engineering designation and prepare you for an engineering career at the OFNTSC. The OFNTSC will help you develop and grow through on-the-job experiences, relationship building, and training that will progressively lead to higher positions of responsibility. As an EIT, you will be hired into a permanent position at a centralized office location and will be required to travel throughout the province to ensure you gain the maximum training and experience of our organization. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a key member of the Engineering Team to drive engineering-related deliverables and services to all First Nations in Ontario
  • Review and manage value-added strategies and capital improvements, with particular knowledge in the day-to-day operations & maintenance and planning of community infrastructure
  • Providing advice, support, and training to assess the risks and impacts of new installations as related to community infrastructure
  • Develop effective asset management planning and procedures that assist in facilitating the short-medium-long-term sustainability of the First Nations community infrastructure
  • Create asset management plans and analytics that incorporates current infrastructure data, risks, and conditional assessments, climate & climate risk assessments, GIS/GPS, and life cycle costing
  • Provide strategic advice that ensures First Nations infrastructure is operated & maintained in the most cost-effective manner over their full life cycle
  • Provide support on First Nations' current O&M reporting requirements and ensure reporting conform to Indigenous Services Canada policies
  • Collaborate with all OFNTSC program practitioners to ensure programs activities are incorporated into asset management initiatives
  • Ensure program reports & schedules are completed and submitted to the Operations Manager
  • Collaborate with various levels of government to advance asset management initiatives for First Nation communities in Ontario.

Client Services

  • Act as Liaison between First Nation, Tribal Council, and government agencies
  • Assist First Nation and Tribal Council with government-related technical services
  • Provide advice on new construction technology that improves local capacity
  • Participate in various committees as knowledgeable clients for First Nation communities
  • Assist First Nations with defining & obtaining various funding sources (i.e. ISC, CMHC etc.)
  • Maintain and strengthen the partnerships with First Nations, Tribal Councils, and stakeholders
  • Promote First Nations students to pursue careers in engineering that would help attract greater numbers of Indigenous people to participate in engineering programs
  • Understand the procedures and protocols in dealing with First Nation communities, government bureaucracies, and agencies.


  • Prepare effective technical proposals, and take an active role with project teams and creating new projects
  • Review and maintain project proposals, schedules, budgets, and reporting
  • Maintain and manage engineering program & project travel budgets
  • Review and report on project financial activities to the Director of Engineering and Infrastructure Services and Senior Engineer.


  • Provide First Nations with required skill sets that improve local Asset Management capacity
  • Provide First Nations with support in all aspects of the administration, financial, capital operations, and maintenance of effective Asset Management Planning
  • Provide First Nations with effective training for advancing Asset Management initiatives
  • Maintain proper certification and membership through recognized training authorities
  • Acquire ongoing education to meet OFNTSC minimal skill requirements.


  • Liaison with all internal programs to provide support for the ongoing management of operational and capital improvements to First Nations infrastructure assets
  • Assist with technical conferences and corporate event-related activities
  • Extensive traveling required through the province of Ontario
  • Reliable and insured vehicle and valid driver’s license with a good driving record.

"In efforts to promote the safety, security, and wellbeing of staff members, communities, and people we come into contact with, the OFNTSC Human Resources department will be giving preference to applicants who have proof of two full doses of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccination."

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We thank all applicants, however only those receiving an interview will be contacted.