Roadmap to Engineering in United Arab Emirates
Are you considering immigrating to UAE to work as an engineer?
Find your way to successful work
FIND WORK IN ENGINEERING
What Do I Need to Know About Finding Engineering Work In UAE?
There are some important things you need to know about finding work as an engineer in UAE:
Your qualifications may not be immediately recognized especially if you have not yet obtained your work experience. Having your qualifications recognized can take up to several months. However, you can still work in engineering work during this period, as long as you are supervised by a professional engineer.
Communicating well in English or Arabic, is essential for success in UAE. Use the time before you come to improve your language skills. You may also need to take additional language training during your first few years here.
SKILLS & JOBS
In UAE, there are many kinds of engineers: Architect, Structural Engineers, Civil engineers, aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers and more. Some jobs with ‘engineer’ in the title have little to do with engineering, like locomotive engineer and sound recording engineer. Search for jobs that suit your skills and qualifications.
Where are the jobs in UAE?
You can find many different engineering jobs in all the cities of emirates in United Arab Emirates, but the demand for certain jobs will depend on where in UAE you are. For example:
Architectural, Structural, Civil, Mechanical, and Road engineering jobs are found in all emirates, but mostly in the big cities like Abu-Dahabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.
Petroleum engineering jobs are found mostly in Abu-Dhabi, but also in Dubai.
Agricultural engineering jobs are found in Al Ain City.
To find out more about where engineering jobs are in UAE, check the ‘Labour Market Report’ on the recruitment websites.
APPLYING FOR A JOB
Before applying for an engineering job in UAE, you will need to prepare an employment application, which should include a résumé, sometimes known as a CV or curriculum vitae and cover letter, and may also include academic documents and reference letters. All of these are described below.
What are a curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter?
Your CV—often also called a résumé—is the most important document you will give a potential employer. It describes your education, work experience, skills and contact information.
Résumés do not include personal information such as your age, picture, Social Insurance Number, marital status or religion.
Your cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. It should include your contact information, how you found out about the job you are applying for and how your skills and experience make you a good candidate for that job. It should be no more than one page long. It is very important that your cover letter and résumé are written in grammatically correct English or Arabic.
When preparing to apply for a job, the cover letter and résumé should be tailored for the specific role. Search online for engineering-specific and/or job-specific language. Knowing the exact phrases and engineering terminology will help you write your résumé and cover letters.
What is a reference letter?
In addition to your résumé and cover letter, a potential employer may want to see reference letters or speak with someone who can provide a reference for you. A reference letter is a document written by a former employer, client or professor that describes your personal qualities—for example, how well you work with others. It should be no more than one page long.
Depending on the job, a potential employer may ask for one to three reference letters, though there is no standard rule. Most important are that your reference letters be positive and include the full name, current contact information and professional designation of the person referring you. It is best to provide reference letters from people in varying professions and, if possible, from both overseas and UAE.
Will employers want to see my academic documents?
A potential employer may want to see your academic documents, such as degrees, certificates and transcripts. These must be translated into English or Arabic, depending on the employer. Check with your potential employer for specific requirements—you may need to use an approved translation service (if so, you will have to pay for the translation) and provide certified translations, original documents or copies notarized.
UAE’S OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
UAE’s official language is Arabic, and English is the language of business. Both languages are very important to UAE society and culture.
Society of Engineers – UAE
Society of Engineers – UAE was formally organized on April 03, 1979 by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs – Ministerial Decree No. 331 1979 –granting the registration of “Society of Engineers – UAE”.
The foundation of Society of Engineers – UAE had started in the midst of the economic growth in the UAE. The founders had witnessed an exceptional development in the construction industry and the continuous increase of engineers working in all the engineering fields. The founders became aware of their great responsibility to be a part of this growth and to form a professional association which will include all the engineers working in the UAE.
Society of Engineers – UAE joined International Engineering Associations:
|•||Federation of Arab Engineers (1984)|
|•||World Federation of Engineering Organization (1985)|
|•||Gulf Engineering Union (1986)|
If possible, obtain your engineering work experience while enrolled as an engineer-in-training.
Keep a record of all your work experience and professional development activities in a format that will be acceptable to an engineering association.
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