Support for future engineers - For the 10th anniversary of its Student Section, the Ordre des ingénieurs opens its doors to a larger number of students

    MONTREAL, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Since it was founded 10 years ago, more
than 16,000 engineering students have been members of the Student Section of
the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Mé in French, and in
English). To celebrate its tenth birthday and its successful growth, the OIQ
now offers access to the Student Section to students who have accumulated 30
credits in a bachelor of engineering program, instead of the 60 credits
previously required.
    The Student Section, a unique structure that currently has 5,000 members,
is a special place, linking the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec with the
students at all of Québec's schools and faculties of engineering and making
them increasingly aware of their role and responsibilities when they become
engineers. The OIQ has seen the fruit of its on-going efforts to build a
quality new generation of engineers in Québec in order to better ensure
protection of the public. To obtain their card, students simply have
to fill out an on-line form and submit their transcript. Graduate students in
engineering are also eligible to become members.
    The President of the OIQ, Mr. Zaki Ghavitian, Eng., explains that
"through the Student Section, students have access to a host of valuable
information that will be useful in their future career. The engineering
profession for which they are preparing has privileges but also
responsibilities; we wish to inculcate students before they begin their
careers with concepts like professionalism and the fundamental values of the
engineer: responsibility, sense of ethics, competence and social commitment.
Investing in getting closer to students is a way of ensuring that the future
has a solid base of committed engineers, aware of the issues facing their
profession and committed to being responsible people."
    According to a 2005 survey of engineering students conducted by
IPSOS-DESCARIE, the vast majority (81%) consider it important to be a member
of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec once they have completed their studies.
    A previous survey of OIQ members conducted in 2004 by the same company
showed that those who had been members of the Student Section during their
engineering studies had a better understanding of the OIQ and were thus more
aware of their duties as engineers toward the public.
    With regard to the benefits associated with the Student Section, student
members are entitled to attractive services like those offered to OIQ members
by SERVIQ, and this has an economic advantage of special interest to students.
Moreover, among the tools made available to students are the
newsletter, PLAN, campus activities and substantial prizes and fellowships.
    Julie Isabelle Morissette Mailhot, computer engineering student at
Université de Sherbrooke, doesn't hide her enthusiasm. "Becoming a member of
the Student Section was the first step toward my future profession," Julie
notes. "It strengthened my feeling of belonging to a community that shares the
same passion and the same values I have."
    Mario Ciaramicoli, a young engineer who is out in the work force, is a
former member of the OIQ's Student Section. He says that "becoming a member of
the Student Section was a step in the right direction. I was better informed
as a result of the documentation made available to us by our student
association at Concordia and the presentations given by the OIQ at the student
competitions I took part in. It helped me better understand the profession and
the role of the engineer in society, while enjoying the financial advantages
available to members of I also learned, and I still think, that the
engineering profession is one of responsibility and service to society and the
protection of the public and the environment are among its top priorities."

    The Student Section can also count on the exceptional collaboration of
Québec's schools and faculties of engineering as well as the Québec
Confederation Engineering Students Outreach (QCESO) and student associations.
François Corriveau, President of QCESO, points out that "the Student Section
of the OIQ is a plus for engineering students in Québec. It allows access to
information that cannot necessarily be gained in their university education.
QCESO and its members are thus very pleased that is its open to students with
30 credits, something we have long wished for and encouraged. It testifies to
the OIQ's commitment to the next generation of members."

    Founded in 1920, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec today has more than
53,000 engineering professionals in every field but forest engineering. The
title engineer designates any member of the OIQ with a permit to practice that
confers the exclusive right to perform professional engineering services. The
role of the OIQ is to supervise the practice of engineering, maintain the
quality of the services provided to the public by its members and ensure the
protection of the public.

For further information:

For further information: Jessie-Kim Malo, AGC Communications, (514)
849-7000 poste 221; Source: Danielle Frank, ARP, communications advisor, Ordre
des ingénieurs du Québec, (514) 845-6141, 1-800-461-6141 poste 3111;

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