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Firstly, I have spoken to both my Co-Op director and the director (chair?) for the second year engineering program.

I have a criminal record. I didn't realize that this would cause such problems in the following areas: finding a Co-Op position (who knew that they would do security checks on Co-Op students) and licensing.

I was under the impression that after I was pardoned no one would care about my record. However, my 2nd year director had a very "negative" vibe about my record, saying that this record -- even if pardoned -- could cause problems with licensing. He even went so far as to suggest that I transfer out of engineering. However, I don't believe that the regulatory organization will have access to my sealed record... but what if I'm wrong? what if they do? What if I study for years only to be told that I can never become a licensed engineer? damn.

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I have a problem getting into Co-Op position because of reasons earlier stated. I've talked to the Co-Op director about transferring out of the program... he will not allow it and will not compromise unless an offer is rescinded because of my record. I've looked into re-sequencing my work and academic terms, and the only thing that will work is if I end up having a years worth of work terms... I don't like this idea AT ALL.

So, I've been considering a transfer to CompSci. I think I will enjoy this program more than Chemical Engineering -- I don't dream of mixing chemicals in vats at night. Who knows? I might be able to get into game/AI design if I play my cards right.

Just looking for general advice and or similar stories.... really stressing out here.
 

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lisab
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Don't make any big decisions based on that director's "negative vibe". I suggest you contact the NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying), they may know better how a criminal record would affect licensing.

http://www.ncees.org/Home.php [Broken]

Good luck!
 
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