Handiss Spotlight - Sabbir Hasan

Handiss Spotlight: Sabbir Hasan – Intermediate Structural Engineer

Sabbir is an ambitious engineer with over three years of broad expertise collaborating with cross-functional internal and external stakeholders. He is a licensed structural engineer in Ontario and holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Concordia University. Experience he has attained includes structural design and detailing, civil earthwork design, permit drawings, storm-water management, and field investigation.

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Q: What is it that you do exactly as an intermediate structural engineer?

A: Currently, I’m working at Worley in the Nuclear Energy department. Our projects are multidisciplinary and we collaborate with electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, etc. and we provide solutions for structural related problems by performing necessary design and calculations. As engineers, we review the drawings prepared by our designers and we resolve issues that may arise in the field during construction.

Q: Were you working remotely during the lockdown? If yes, how did you manage?

A: Yes, and I am currently still working from home. The work environment at home is slightly different than it was at the office, but I adjusted quickly by obtaining and utilizing the proper technology needed to fulfill my tasks. I quite enjoy working from home as I can still get my work done with perhaps increased productivity, and I don’t have to worry about getting ready or the daily commute.

Q: Was it easy finding a job after obtaining a Canadian Master’s degree?

A: Obtaining a Canadian Masters degree did help, however I have found that the job market still has a greater preference towards those who have obtained a Canadian undergraduate degree. Ultimately, networking and building connections is more vital towards landing your first job.

Q: Do you seek freelance jobs aside from your main employment? If yes, how do you come along such opportunities?

A: Yes, I have been working on freelance projects concurrently with my full-time employment since the beginning of my career. In order to come along such opportunities, I aim for small engineering firms or clients who are looking for more economical solutions for their concerns. I usually find freelance projects through my connections or online advertisements.

Q: What are your aspirations and next steps for your career? Where does this path lead?

A: I am still in the learning stage of my career; I constantly find more opportunities and potential to obtain more knowledge and experience and there is still plenty of scope to further develop my skills. My ultimate goal is to establish my own engineering firm in the upcoming years.

Q: What advice would you give to newcomers concerning salary expectations, work culture and cultural shock in Canada?

A: I would advise newcomers to focus on the field of their choice and hone the skills that are needed to succeed in that particular field. The first job is always the hardest to obtain, so in my opinion salary expectations should be on the lower end of the typical salary range. The Canadian work culture is very open, welcoming, and friendly, so newcomers shouldn’t have to worry much if they have good communication skills. Culture shock isn’t an issue either because Canada is very diverse and multicultural.

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