Have you seen The Godfather? It’s hard to believe, but the sponsorship program does have one thing in common with the cult trilogy by Francis Ford Coppola starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino: the role of the engineer who sponsors you is sort of like that of a godfather, in that he or she helps you integrate into the profession and obtain your engineer title.
But that’s where the similarities end. In fact, the OIQ created the optional sponsorship program over 20 years ago so that experienced engineers–sponsors–could be paired with young professionals–junior engineers– to discuss the rights and obligations of the engineering profession.

Searching for a sponsor

The OIQ’s sponsorship program lets you choose an experienced and competent person from your professional network, i.e. a seasoned engineer, who can guide you through the various aspects of your profession while you are a junior engineer. The OIQ can also help you search for a sponsor.

This program consists of 6 meetings that last at least 75 minutes each and span a period of at least 15 months. At these meetings, you will discuss many topics, such as your integration in industry and professional life, and an engineer's values.

Many benefits

At the end of the program, you will be credited 8 months of experience and 7.5 hours of continuing education. That means 8 months will be shaved off of your junior engineer period. Just like you, your sponsor will also be credited 7.5 hours of continuing education.

To find out more about sponsorship, go to the Sponsorship page on the OIQ’s Web site.