The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Volunteering with OACETT

There are many opportunities for OACETT members in all categories of membership (student, associate, certified, retired) to get involved with their professional association.  Volunteerism is important not only to OACETT as an organization but also to the individual member who can enrich their personal and professional lives.

Why Volunteer with OACETT?

  • Expand your professional network: OACETT volunteers connect with other engineering technology and applied science professionals from across Ontario. 
  • Skills development: many volunteers learn new skills and gain experience they may not have been able to acquire at their job.
  • Boost your career options: improved skills, a broader network, and increased knowledge will help you advance in your career.   
  • Make a difference: volunteering can result in positive change at your association. You can help shape future events and even mentor members.
  • Discover your strengths and talents: volunteering can reveal hidden talents!

Volunteer Opportunities


OACETT has a variety of committees, each with its unique focus. The following is a list of all of OACETT’s committees that fall under each respective Board, IETO and PAS. Members are recruited for these committees via email and from existing volunteers. Should you be interested in volunteering please click here

Institute of Engineering Technology Ontario (IETO) Committees
  • Admissions Committee
  • Complaints Committee
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee
  • Discipline Committee
  • Education and Exam Committee
  • Emerging Markets Committee
  • Fellow OACETT Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • OACETT Teaching and Technology Transfer Grant

Professional Affairs and Services Board (PASB) Committees

OACETT’s chapters offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. These positions are elected every year, between late March and early May, during the chapter's annual meeting
.  The following are a list of the main volunteer positions available at the chapter level. 

Chapter Chair (Certified Member):  
The Chapter Chair is a Certified Member in good standing, elected by the Certified Members of their Chapter for a one-year term of office, which may be renewed up to 5 consecutive terms. 

As the senior volunteer within the Chapter, they are responsible for the orderly management of all functions within the Chapter. For this reason, they should be fully conversant with the Association’s by-laws, policies, and administrative procedures that affect the operation of the Chapter.

Chapter Vice-Chair (Certified Member):  The Chapter Vice-Chair is a Certified Member in good standing, elected by the Certified Members of their Chapter for a one-year term of office, which may be renewed.

While the Chapter Vice-Chair has no specific mandate, they will assist the Chapter Chair as needed, and may be delegated any of the duties described above for the Chapter Chair.

Treasurer:  The Chapter Treasurer is a Certified or Associate member in good standing and is elected by the Certified Members of their Chapter for a one-year term of office, which may be renewed.

In selecting a member to serve as Treasurer, the successful candidate should be competent in financial management.

Secretary:  The Chapter Secretary is a Certified or Associate Member in good standing, elected by the Certified Members of their Chapter for a one-year term of office, which may be renewed.

College Liaison:  The Chapter College Liaison is a Certified or Associate Member in good standing, elected by the Certified Members of their Chapter for a one-year term of office, which may be renewed. This position may also be by appointment by the Chapter Chair. 

As liaison with the local campuses of all colleges/institutes/universities within the Chapter’s area is of prime importance, especially considering that on-campus recruiting is the single most effective means of recruiting new members to the Association, at least one Chapter member should be designated with the responsibility of on-going Chapter/school communications.

Women in Technology (WIT) Representative:  A WIT Chapter Representative is a Certified or Associate Member in good standing, volunteering to sit on the Chapter Executive for a one-year term of office, which may be renewed. 

The WIT Chapter Representative is the local representative reaching out to female OACETT members and non-members. The purpose is to engage them to become strong supporters of their professional association and to encourage women to consider careers as engineering technicians and technologists.

To find out how you can get involved with your local chapter please contact Kathryn Boire, Chapter and Program Advisor.

Student volunteers at OACETT events such as the Provincial Awards Gala, Annual General Meeting and Conference.


Volunteer Testimonials

“I was lost switching between careers and OACETT was like a torch that guided me to where I wanted to be. OACETT members have become a community of friends and colleagues where we listen and support each other professionally and personally.”




"Volunteering with OACETT is a rewarding pleasure. Not only do you get to meet other people in the industry, you get to create everlasting bonds with other members. Becoming a W.I.T. representative has allowed me to network alongside other W.I.T. representatives from across Ontario. I have also been able to coordinate events which enabled our community near and far come together."

JHazelton.png"Volunteering has a positive impact on everyone involved and benefits the entire community.  It allows you to connect with other members and creates a bond that will last for years.  The feeling of accomplishment when you work hard and make a difference is amazing.  Volunteering can also help you try new things, get involved with new opportunities, and build your self-confidence and social skills."

DPhippen.png"Volunteering with OACETT (and other not-for-profit organizations) has provided me with a 35-year opportunity to meet with, listen to, and learn from thousands of students, educators, technicians, technologists, engineers, and scientists of Canadian, Indigenous, American and International heritage. Volunteering is about giving back, supporting the mission and vision of the organizations I assist, and keeping in touch with the close friends I have made on the journey!"

DSaunders.png"Volunteering with our Association has given me the opportunity to give back to the profession of Engineering and Applied Sciences Technology, which has been so rewarding to me. Becoming involved as an OACETT volunteer, first at the Chapter level and later in other roles and capacities, has offered me the privilege to promote and advance both OACETT and our shared profession. As well, learning and applying leadership skills comes from working alongside seasoned volunteers and dedicated professional staff."

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