The Council of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia created a formal Mentor Program through By-Law 13(A) in 1983. [Refer to page 7 of the ByLaws at the back of the Nova Scotia Engineeing Profession Act]. Through the program, an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) is required to establish a relationship with a mentor approved by Engineers Nova Scotia. The mentor assists the EIT in gaining the experience needed to qualify as a professional engineer. The mentor monitors the EIT's progress, assesses their experience, and provides regular feedback to both the EIT and Engineers Nova Scotia during this training period. The mentor also becomes the liaison between the EIT and the Board of Examiners.
Information about the Mentor Program
EITs participating in the Mentor Program are required to locate a mentor. Mentors must be registered with Engineers Nova Scotia and have at least seven years of engineering experience. These seven years can include experience that the P. Eng. obtained while they were an EIT.
Once a mentor is secured, the EIT and the mentor should work together to complete the Mentor Approval Request Form. Once the mentor/EIT relationship is approved, the EIT and the mentor should work together to complete the Mentor’s First Report form. This form should be sent to Engineers Nova Scotia once completed.
The next step is for the EIT to write up their detailed engineering experience and submit it to the mentor for their review and signature. This should be done on a continuous basis in intervals that do not exceed six months. The experience should be recorded and signed off on using the Detailed Engineering Experience Record forms.
In order to remain in compliance with the Mentor Program guidelines, reports must be submitted in intervals that do not exceed six months. If no experience records are submitted to Engineers Nova Scotia within a 12-month period, the EIT will be in non-compliance with the Mentor Program.
Once the 48 months of experience has been completed, the EIT is required to successfully complete the NPPE within 12 months of the experience requirement being completed. It is suggested that EITs wait until they have at least 24 months of approved experience before taking the NPPE. If the NPPE is not completed within 12 months of the experience requirement being completed, then the EIT will be in non-compliance with the Mentor Program.
Once the experience requirement is complete and the NPPE is successfully passed, the EIT must apply for Full (P. Eng.) membership within 30 days. If an application for P. Eng. is not received within 30 days, the EIT will be in non-compliance with the Mentor Program.
EITs registered in the Engineer-in-Training program, are required to locate a P.Eng. Mentor; document their engineering experience on the Engineers Nova Scotia experience record forms; submit the experience record forms to their Mentor at six month intervals and keep copies of their records as the experience may be subject to random audits by the Board of Examiners.
The forms are available below: