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Question London, Ontario...little help?

So the wife interviewed with a lab in London, Ontario and she likes the employer and the project. However, the employer is worried about me finding a job up there that I will be happy with. I am an electrical engineer right now for Siemens in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. If we were to move up there for a couple years, is there any work for an engineer such as myself in the London area? Any Canadian troopers that can help me out finding a company up there?

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So the wife interviewed with a lab in London, Ontario and she likes the employer and the project. However, the employer is worried about me finding a job up there that I will be happy with. I am an electrical engineer right now for Siemens in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. If we were to move up there for a couple years, is there any work for an engineer such as myself in the London area? Any Canadian troopers that can help me out finding a company up there?

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London is a very pretty town. It's -very- conservative though. Of course my opinion is a bit biased for obvious reasons. Check out the London Chamber of Commerce web site. Also, the Ontario Government has some employment info for different regions.

You shouldn't have too many problems finding work there. It's a pretty busy place, and the Canadian economy is in pretty good shape so far.




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Although most positions are probably filled, Toyota is just about to open a new plant in Woodstock, which isn't far away from London. I'm in Waterloo; RIM hires like crazy, although that might be a bit long a commute for you (~1-1.5 hrs).
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London has a good reputation and as Janice says - conservative perhaps but big enough to house all the conveniences and small enough to still feel like your a part of. I'd suggest however given what I think you might be looking for to consider work not just in but near London as well. London is the western terminus of a region with a lot of technology / research / development jobs . Other cities in area that share this are Kitchener / Waterloo / Cambridge and probably to a lesser extent, even Woodstock. They're not close commutes - an hour (approx) from London to Kitchener (this is "next door" compared to a daily commute from the north of Toronto to Toronto every day - it's all relative) but think would extend your opportunities greatly. I know the area reasonably well - wife is from London and I spend a lot of time there. Suggest check out City or CoC sites from these other cities as well just to get a flavor of what's in the general vicinity.

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Excellent info so far. I will be doing some research this weekend on the area so I can give her a go/no-go by next week. They are interested in an in person interview, but want to know that we could seriously consider living there first.
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Well... I'd start with your current employer?

Siemens does have a presence in Canada, and my brief look at the careers section on the website, listed quite a few jobs. Don't know if it's your area of expertise, but worth a shot. Perhaps you could luck out with a company transfer to the Canadian side of things, eh!
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I lived in London for a bit and was raised in Woodstock. My dad and sister live in St. Thomas which is 20 minutes south of London.

London is about 400,000 people right now. It's a pretty nice place and has a good mixture of buisnesses. As was stated before it is at the western end of the 401 / 403 boomtown area.

Siemens has a factory down near Chatham, about a 50 minute drive from London. The London area has numerous large factories including,

Ford - Talbotville Plant
GM Diesel (I think they renamed it since I drove by it last)
CAMI - Joint GM / Suzuki plant
Toyota - Woodstock and Cambridge

Also in the area are the numerous feeder factories and medium sized places, too many to list.

London has all you'd expect for a city it's size. There are a few big shopping malls, a few nice parks, a large university and college. Lake Erie is about 45 minutes away, Lake Huron is a bit farther, say 1 hour 15 minutes.

The hospitals in London are very good since UWO is a university that has a good medical school and churns out alot of doctors. Crime rates in London are much lower than what you'd find in a city of comperable size in the US.

Weather in London isn't too bad. It is on the edge of a snowbelt so once in a while they really get hammered for a day with snow. Tornados are rare but not unheard of and the summer can be fairly hot (low 90's) and very humid due to the proximity of the Great Lakes.

That's all I can think of right now, I don't live in the area anymore but I keep waiting for the people from that area above me on the seniority list to retire so I can bid a job there and move back.

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Thumbs up for London!

I enjoyed living in London as a youngster. It was a friendly city then, and that part of it has scarcely changed. I ride to London about once a year, when I am visiting another Ontario city, and I find endearing features of the city, without even looking.

Here are two.

I was carrying the ashes of a recently deceased relative, and planned to leave some where she had lived. In front of that home, between sidewalk and curb, a nineteenth century tree had died. It had been chopped off about sixteen feet above the ground, with several foot-across trunks angling up from the central yard-across trunk near ground level. An old geezer was up on some scaffolding carving images into the trunks, and let me tell you, they were excellent and captivating sculptures. A passer-by remarked that this was a modern-day totem pole in progress, and that's an excellent appraisal of the project. Londoners - this is at 326 Queens Avenue, west of Waterloo Street. I understand this fellow's work is found many places in Western Ontario, and I think this is a fine use of tax dollars.

I wanted to ride across Blackfriars Bridge, but it was closed to vehicular traffic. Instead, a 24-hour rally was being run on a course that crossed the bridge. This is a charitable event that attracts some (not much I think) interest. Runners or joggers or walkers circle a downtown route several miles long, and persuade people to contribute to a worthy cause. I didn't contribute, but I chucked some ashes off the bridge, because this relative used Blackfriars Bridge frequently for three years. Londoners - your bridge has interesting history at http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/blackfriars/

None of this answers the important issue of a career in or near London, but if you are attracted to the city, you may hunt harder for a job there. Good luck!

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