Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Canada’s largest engineering and construction firm is looking to open a new office in Kingston.
When it’s up and running — “SNC-Lavalin” will employ 10 to 20 rail and transit system engineering professionals.     The company is inviting applicants to hear more about what it offers tonight.   Meanwhile, Queen’s University hosted a job fair of its own also targeting engineers.     Mike Postovit has more.


Grant Hall at Queen’s University.     This is the first of a 2-day engineering and technology job fair.
Over 70 companies are here looking to recruit some of the best and brightest.

Chelsea Elliott/Queen’s Career Services

“It’s the one time you get to say what you’ve done — the projects you’re worked-on, the experience you have — share that with the employer — they want to hire you.

This is all about students making connections to get into the job market.


“When they hire Queen’s students they find that they have an excellent success rate — so those students perform — they’re very professional — they want to keep them and they often turn into leadership roles in the organization.”

One of the companies at the job fair — is SNC-Lavalin.     The Canadian multi-national has just announced that it’s opening its first Kingston office in the new year.

Kevin George/SNC-Lavalin

“We’re well aware of the local skills and capabilities within the rail and transit market sector.
I think the province was fortunate that it took the initiative to create the U.T.D.C. back in the 70’s — that was grown to create engineering and project management capability to serve the growing move into light rail rapid transit in Canada.”

The company is working on some big transit contracts in Canada in cities like Vancouver and Toronto.     As for the Queen’s job fair — George says it’s another outlet to help grow the business.


“If the young engineering graduate wants a career for life — and enjoys the variety that rail transit engineering can provide them then this is exactly the place to be.”

SNC-Lavalin’s entry into the local job market could give students one more reason to stay in the city where they got their post secondary education.     Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston.

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