FAQs

What Is The SESS?

The SESS is similar to the SRC in your old high school. We’re a group of students who are dedicated to working hard to help out students like you! The SESS puts on a wide variety of events to encourage camaraderie and to help students in the quest for the IRON RING.

How Do I Become a Member of the SESS?

Memberships will be sold outside the lounge during Orientation and a couple days afterwards. If you were unable to buy a membership during the first week of school, you can come into the SESS office (room 1C12), or go to the E-Store, anytime during the year, and ask someone in there.

What’s E-Plant?

During the summer of 2003 the University performed a risk assessment of E-Plant. It was deemed that E-Plant had a high risk of death or serious injury. Therefore E-Plant will no longer take place.

A memorial for E-Plant took place on Friday, September 19, 2003 at high noon. Engineers donned black body paint instead of the usual red, and paid their respects to E-Plant. E-Plant was the greatest engineering event of the year.

In 2004 a substitute event called E-CAK (Eng, Comm, Ag, Kin) was held, where all four student societies got painted up and played a large game similar to capture the flag in the Bowl. In 2005 E-CAK was cancelled, rescheduled, and cancelled again. It just didn’t stack up to E-Plant.

Due to the failure of E-CAK, nothing happened in 2006. Starting in 2007 a new event called College Splash debuted. It is a water balloon duel between Engineering and Agriculture. It still follows the tradition of getting painted up in the college color and like in E-Plant, the engineers continue to win.

How Can I Get a Locker?

You can rent a locker outside the lounge during the first couple days when you are buying your SESS membership. This is the best time to get one, because the first floor lockers are sold quickly. If you don’t get one during the first couple days of school, you can rent one from the E-Store later in the year.

What’s the E-Store?

The E-Store is where you buy all of the great Engineering merchandise that the SESS has. It’s in the left corner of the lounge as you enter. For more E-Store information, click here.

Where Do I Get Text Books?

The University Bookstore has all the brand new text books that you might need. They can be very expensive though, so look for the books that have a “used” sticker on the side. Also, check the hallways in the Engineering building and the lounge for posters that are advertising used books.

Don’t stand in line with all the first year arts chumps! There’s no need to rush to get textbooks – you won’t need them for at least a week after school starts. If you’re going to go early, the best thing to do is make sure you get in right when the bookstore opens. Go a half an hour early and wait with some friends if you have to. You might get lucky and get the some used books that were just put out that morning.

What’s the Eng-Info?

The Eng-Info is a weekly newsletter put out by the SESS. It has details about upcomming events, volunteer opportunities, comics, weekly contests, and lots of other imformation.portant information.

The Eng-Info is distributed to classrooms and put on the Brown Thing, which is right inside the door of the lounge, every Monday morning. You can also read the Eng-Info online by going here.

Where Can I Buy Bus Passes?

You no longer need to “BUY” a bus pass. All registered students at the U of S are signed up for “UPass”, a saskatoon wide bus-pas issued to UofS students

Where/How Can I Get a Parking Pass?

Parking passes are sold in April and September. You can call the parking office at 966-4502 to get more information. Y Lot is the closest lot to Engineering, and parking lots are free after 6pm (you will need to pay the night fee, purchase a night pass, or risk it). Parking passes for during the day are sold through PAWS. You must enter the parking lottery, and if you are lucky you will win the right to purchase a parking pass. Meters are available throughout campus and are free after 10pm and all day on Sundays.

Campus Security gives out hundreds of tickets each year, especially if you park anywhere on a road or if your meter is expired. So be careful when parking on campus – you’re going to be broke enough as it is.

How do I find Engineering jobs and plan my career?

The Student Employment and Career Centre provides services to current students and alumni to help them transition from education to career. Visit the SECC website for more information on services and programs that might be of interest to you.

The SECC’s job posting system, CareerLink, is a great place to look for summer, part-time, volunteer and full-time jobs. Set up specific search criteria that match your interest area and sign up to receive an email notification each time a new job that matches your criteria is posted.

  • On-campus Recruitment
    Engineering employers recruit on campus in September and in January. Employers can start hiring in September for jobs that begin the following summer! Campus Career Expo, the largest multi-discipline career fair on campus, happens the third Wednesday of September. Many Engineering employers will be at Expo, so be sure to go to this event.Watch the SECC calendar of events for employer information sessions which usually take place in September and January. Attend these sessions to meet with recruiters, learn more about companies and find out what employment opportunities are out there.
  • Your Resume – Make it work for you
    Your resume is one of your first opportunities to market yourself to employers. Get involved on campus and in your community by becoming a member of the SESS, volunteering, attending conferences and participating in a variety of activities. This will help build your resume and help set you apart from other students who are applying for the same jobs as you are. Remember, employers hire from multiple universities, so you want your resume to stand out! Consider attending a ResumeTalk session at the SECC to have someone look over your resume and cover letter.
  • Engineering Professional Internship Program (EPIP)
    Do you have limited work experience? Participate in the Engineering Professional Internship Program (EPIP) to gain 8, 12 or 16 months of professional engineering work experience. EPIP is a great way to get work experience in the engineering industry, earn a competitive salary, build your resume and gain credit hours towards your P.Eng designation. Students may apply between their third and forth year of study. Check the College of Engineering website for details on EPIP and important deadlines.

How can I join the SESS Executive or become a commissioner?

The SESS has their Executive Elections in Term 2 of every year. Nominations typically open in mid-February with the campaigning and election period running into March. To be eligible for Executive elections, you must be a student in the College of Engineering with at least 24 credit units completed by the end of the current academic year. More details can be read in the SESS Policy Manual.

Commissioner positions are selected on an application basis. Applications begin at the end of March and selected by May. If there are no applications for a commissioner position, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Check out the commissioners page to see which ones are open now! Commissioner positions are open to any active SESS Member.

How can I get help with my classes?

The SESS offers a few options to assist you with most of your engineering classes:

  1. Tutorials: Before midterms and finals of all core first year classes, and second year math, the SESS hires a knowledgeable upper year student to help you prep for exams. Typically, tutorials will go through some theory and a series of previous exam questions to help you prepare. There are a lot of benefits to attending tutorials.
  2. Private Tutors: The SESS has compiled a list of tutors willing to help you with your classes one-on-one. Check out the list and contact individual tutors to see what their rate is for tutoring.
  3. University Services: The university offers a few services that can be very beneficial to engineering students. One of the most important ones is the Math help centre located on the first floor of the Murray Library. They will assist you with those challenging questions in your math homework. Another service that has just been created are the first year engineering help desks and structured tutorials. More details for these will be given in GE 101 and other core first year classes. Some professors may also choose to run help sessions for their classes.

History

“This young University of Saskatchewan will be, as has been stated by Mr. Scott, a seat of learning not only as we understand the word “University” in former days, not only for the study of Classics, but also for the study of those modern sciences which are becoming more and more profound, and the efficiency of which is becoming of great benefit to us as we advance.”

-Sir Wilfrid Laurier at the opening of the University buildings, May 1, 1913

From these humble beginnings (the College was 7th of 8 on a 1909 plan for buildings, followed only by the Extension Division), the College of Engineering was born. The first courses were offered for matriculation in civil engineering. Agricultural engineering was also taught at the time, but through Agriculture. Our first Dean (appointed 1922) was Chalmers Jack (C. J.) MacKenzie, for whom we have adopted our college tartan. Dean MacKenzie designed the Broadway Bridge, was awarded the Military Cross for service during the First World War, and was appointed president of the National Research Council in 1944. He was the first North American to receive the Kelvin Medal for Engineer­ing from Britain in 1953, and received our country’s highest honour when he was named Companion of the Order of Canada.

Engineering students, from the first graduating class (1916), were full of spirit. Since they now had a building of their own (1920), the Engineers required their own yell: “Levels, transits, calculus / Spiral curves and the rhombus / Offsets, tangents, hemispheres / Who are we? The Engineers!”

The 1920’s saw the formation of an ethical base that set Engineers and Engineering apart from other professional groups as they hewed out a highly individual – and enviable – set of principles to guide them in their work and service to the community. These principles culminated in the passing of the Professional Engineers Act in 1930. Mechanical Engineering was added in the year of the inception of the College (’23), and ceramic engineering was a course by 1924.

Through the Great Depression, Engineers persisted in seeking their education. Tuition fees were raised, the Broadway Bridge was constructed (under Dean MacKenzie), and the College got a coat of arms. As well, Chemical Engineering was added to the curriculum in 1931, and Geological and Engineering Physics in 1937.

The 40’s brought about major change due to the Second World War. Because of the demonstrated importance of Engineers to the war effort, the College of Engineering for the first time became the largest College on campus in 1942-42 (611). During this time, the College saw its first female graduate in 1946. This was to open the floodway for female engineers (now composing nearly 25%). Electrical Engineering was introduced to the College in this decade as well (1946). Petroleum Engineering was instituted in 1952-53, and ceramics was removed around the same time. After hitting record lows for enrolment in the early part of the decade (402), Engineering was once again the largest College on campus (1071) by the end of the 50’s. It was also in the fifties that the Engineers were at war with the Lawyers, bringing about such events as the abduction of the Legal Eagle and the derby squash episode.

1962 brought the 50th anniversary of the College. Mining Engineering was begun in 1963, along with Engineering Sciences. However, Engineering Sciences was phased out by the late sixties. Mining Engineering also suffered the same fate in 1977. Grants for research passed the million-dollar mark, and the College was able to purchase sophisticated equipment: an electron microscope, a rock microprobe, and a digital computer among others. The Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker opened the 1970 Spectrum show. In 1972 the Space Engineering Division broke away from the University to become SED Systems, the first such commercial move of its kind. The late seventies saw the change from a thesis to a design project in most disciplines. This time also saw the advancement of the SAE super-mileage vehicles which would ultimately set world records in fuel efficiency.

By the summer of 1980, the College had a new “modern” building, the last Campus building constructed using the English system of measurement. A redeveloped curriculum greeted the students of the eighties. These years also saw the changeover from the Crucifixion to E-Plant in 1986. The eighties also saw the end of the Godiva ride, as it was deemed politically incorrect. The nineties saw the rise of the double degree program in engineering due to the ongoing technological advantage gained by the computer. The College’s longest serving Dean, Peter Nikiforuk, retired in 1997. Those pesky Agros still couldn’t win E-Plant, so new rules were adopted so that they’d have a better chance.

At the time of the first graduating class, tuition fees were $30 per year plus $3 for each laboratory. The Sheaf was a humorous, yet newsworthy, publication. The world has changed a lot since 1912, but the College of Engineering is still present, providing undergraduate students with the best engineering education possible. For a more detailed history of the College of Engineering, consult Thorough.