Becoming an EIR

Are you a member of the engineering community looking to make a contribution to the future of the profession? This page is for you! Read more to find out everything you need to know about what an EIR is, what becoming one entails, and how to sign up.

Program Overview

  • The Engineer-in-Residence program is an experiential learning opportunity for K-12 students across Canada.
  • Classroom teacher gets connected with a local engineer for the school year to create custom STEM activities and lessons to support the curriculum.
  • The engineer mentor visits their EIR class MONTHLY to do presentations, activities, and share their personal engineering stories! Programming is customized for each class.
  • We provide the engineer with a multitude of resources to make sure they are as prepared as can be when they visit the classroom and to support them throughout the year (training, lesson guides, networking).

I’m planting a seed with the kids that will last until their later years of high school. I get to show them how fun and exciting science and engineering can be and engage them in learning more about it.

Robert F. (volunteer)

Video Resources

Here are some recordings of presentations where we talked about the program. These and more are available on our Youtube channel, so be sure to check it out!

Next Steps

Here is what you should expect in your first year as an EIR. We are accepting applications for EIRs year-round though, so if you apply during another period, that’s completely fine, you’ll just be following this process at different times!


Here is what we would expect of you as an EIR. We are here to support you through all of this, so don’t worry if you don’t know how to go about any of this right now, we just want to give you an initial idea.

Engineering role: You don’t have to be a P.Eng to become an EIR. We have EIRs in a variety of types of engineering roles, including EITs, engineering students, engineering technicians, retired engineers, and people working in roles related to engineering. If you have a passion for engineering, we welcome you! 

Time commitment: The goal that we set for visits is once per month. However, we understand that everyone (both engineers and teachers) is busy, so no worries if you aren’t able to make this happen every month!

Police Check: You will need to a obtain a vulnerable sectors check from your local police to provide to the school. We will help you with this process once you sign up.

Communication: We mostly rely on email to communicate with you, so make sure to provide us with an email address that you check frequently. As for your communication with your match, you can decide on the method that works best for the both of you. Communication is key to make the program work!


Apply Now!

If you want to try this program out, apply now! 

We’re looking for anyone involved in the engineering world to join our passionate team of volunteers. 

We’ll be with you every step of the way, and you will also get many opportunities to connect with other EIRs to network and share tips and tricks!

It is fulfilling to know you contribute to the learning experiences of young minds and open the door to the possibility of them following the path of engineering.

Thomas M. (volunteer)

Questions? Ask us!

Please consult our FAQs, they may contain the information you are looking for. 

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us through email ([email protected]) or book a call with us using this link: