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By Helen R Khan
Expert Author Helen R Khan
The best places in the world to study power engineering is where there’s 1) state of the art technical institutions, 2) energy and industrial development and 3) a high demand for power engineers. Countries that meet all three points are :
All three countries are highly industrialized with research and development high on their list of pursuits. They are rich in natural and renewable resources and energy is produced by using wind, water and natural resources. Yet with all this development and industry on the up rise, the number of graduates from power engineering technology programs is not rising at the same rate. Therefore there is a shortage of qualified engineers from this discipline ready to work in these countries where their positions are in high demand .
For example in Alberta, Canada oil and gas are the prime industries. Where there are natural resources, there is a need for power technical savvy workers. Unfortunately the growth of the industry far exceeds the number of students graduating from Alberta’s polytechnic colleges. In Australia an aging workforce and the low number of young graduates in this engineering field has left its toll. In the US where green energy has revolutionized the technology, a combination of ‘oldies’ ready to retire from the workforce and a lack of engineering graduates has left the US in a crisis situation. All countries, although highly developed with excellent state of the art polytechnic colleges and universities are in a crisis situation because of a shortage of workers .
Some of the finest technical institutions can be found in these countries. For example in Australia a student can study power (electrical) engineering at the University of Sidney, in Canada NAIT is one of the best polytechnic institutes around and in the USA one can study at Arizona State, University of Illinois; to name a few .
So, the best places to study power engineering technology is where you can get an internationally recognized quality education and where you, as a graduate are in high demand. This is why Canadian colleges can state that 94% of their graduates from one of their power engineering programs will find work in his/her field immediately upon graduation. That is a very high percentage for finding immediate work and it is well worth considering when deciding what program you want to study and where .
Additionally, all three countries welcome international students and all three countries offer work incentives to their graduating international students .
Helen Khan is a Canadian who lives in Lahore, Pakistan. She is an English language instructor and International Student Adviser at Alberta Rose Education Center .