Portrait of Francis Robert: trainee at JCCBI

28 February 2017

The Corporation cares about training the next generation of engineers. It therefore has close relationships with Quebec universities to offer internships that help students discover the profession, feel confident about their career choice, and take on responsibility for a project.

For nearly a month now, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) has been pleased to have intern Francis Robert, who is a first-year electrical engineering student at the École de technologie supérieure.

After graduating from the Cégep du Vieux Montréal  in industrial electronics technology, Francis wanted to find a way to apply all the theory he had learned. He participated in pilot projects, such as the construction of an electric car, and did his first internship at a large corporation. But these experiences didn’t fully convince him about his career choice. But he decided to pursue his studies to see where they led. His first decision was to go back to school. Several friends and a formal presentation at his CEGEP convinced him to take this path, and he began a program in the burgeoning field of electrical engineering.

He found the JCCBI internship posting very appealing, as he could spend four months working right in the thick of the Corporation’s operations. At JCCBI, his main duty is to identify and document the network infrastructure of the Corporation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). His mapping work will be a great help for the Engineering Department and Operations and Maintenance Department when it comes to creating ITS master drawings and developing installation configurations.

This internship has allowed Francis to see things differently and get an overview of what the job is really like. He can also combine office and field work—something he’s always wanted to do! “Everyone here is available to answer my questions and give me guidance. They’re very supportive engineers and technicians who know their jobs and are passionate about what they do.”

Thank you, Francis! And thanks to all of the Corporation’s interns, who, as tomorrow’s engineers, are great assets thanks to your fresh eyes on our craft.