J.E. Anderson Educates Post-Secondary Students

J.E. Anderson supports post-secondary education

The staff at J.E. Anderson & Associates do a lot to support post-secondary students’ education, particularly those studying at the University of Victoria (UVic), which offers a top-notch Engineering program.

The Nanaimo office has hosted several UVic Engineering students, who must complete four intensive co-op work terms before graduating.

“This gives students the opportunity to take knowledge gained in the classroom and apply it to the workplace,” said Susan Fiddler, a Co-op Coordinator with UVic’s Engineering and Computer Science programs. “Co-op work terms allow students to gain practical real-world experience and grow their network of operational contacts while still in school. The students then take knowledge gained from their work term into the classroom and typically ask questions that draw on their workplace experiences.”

Jeff Tomlinson, Engineering Manager and Partner at J.E. Anderson in Nanaimo, added: “We enjoy the chance to help shape future civil engineers entering the industry by providing them with real-life work experience. Hopefully one day they’ll be back applying to work for us.”

Ross Tuck, a Senior Civil Engineer and Partner at J.E. Anderson’s Victoria office, recently spoke to UVic Engineering students about civil engineering. He also walked them through Civil 3D Basic in a computer lab at the university.

“It’s nice to introduce the students to real-world issues to help prepare them for the workforce,” said Tuck.

Supporting Education Through Sharing Knowledge

Additionally, through J.E. Anderson’s participation in the Urban Development Institute, Tuck was approached to present to UVic’s Urban Development Club. There, students from a cross-section of various disciplines learn about urban development issues. This autumn, he spoke to the club about the development process and how J.E. Anderson, as land development consultants, takes part.

“We appreciated how well [Ross] explained everything pertaining to [his] job as a civil engineer, as well as the various projects [he] worked on. It was incredibly informative and interesting!” said Patrick Hyde-Lay of UVic’s Urban Development Club. “The general consensus regarding the event was beyond positive, as students including myself were very interested in what [he] had to say.”