Alberta Innovators Magazine

April 2016

SMP Featured in Alberta Innovators Magazine


Derek Ciezki is an electrical engineer and a partner at SMP Engineering, which has offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Vancouver. He says part of equipping students with the skills they need is encouraging universities to explore the technical side of engineering within the industry. "I didn't have much exposure to what the consulting industry was all about, let alone how to navigate through an electrical code book, before I got into the industry," he says. "That would have been a good skill to have." SMP is also working with the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary to assist with teaching an electrical design course to better prepare the students for the building infrastructure industry.

You need to have the right balance of junior and senior staff members so you can provide the proper mentoring to the younger staff and help them develop their skills, but you need to keep adding junior and intermediate skill levels as part of your succession plan. Derek Ciezki

Though experienced engineers are often the most sought after, Ciezki says SMP hires between three to five new grads per year. "You need to have the right balance of junior and senior staff members so you can provide the proper mentoring to the younger staff and help them develop their skills," he says, "but you need to keep adding junior and intermediate skill levels as part of your succession plan." The company works with the University of Alberta's and Calgary's engineering program, which sets eligible engineering students up with four-month internships or summer work terms.

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