The Civil Engineering Department Needs Your Help!
From 1970 – 2019 the Royal Military College of Canada has graduated 860 Civil Engineers. Each year, as part of the curriculum requirements of the civil engineering undergraduate programme, third year students participate in a course known as the Civil Engineering Field School. This course has historically taken place on Canadian military bases throughout Canada and abroad, and has been conducted in countries such as Greece in 2003 and Cameroon in 2009. In 2009, the RMC Foundation provided funding to send a group of 3rd year cadets to assist impoverished communities to build wells and improve water supplies.
Our past Graduates can attest to how valuable these out of classroom experiences are to them, and how the skills they develop in the Civil Engineering Field School helped them in their future careers as Civil Engineers. 24633 Catie Keyser (2010) was part of the 2009 Cameroon trip and summarized her experience as “[a] two week exercise that was filled with challenging academic and amazing life lessons for all involved.”
In May of 2020 organizers of the Field School have made connections with the Peruvian Army where they intend to have the students work on a variety of engineering projects in the jungle region. Final plans are to be determined based upon an upcoming recce. RMC cadets will be partnered with cadets from the Peruvian military college, who will act as translators and serve to further enhance the educational and professional value of this trip. There is enormous potential for student relationships to develop between future Canadian and Peruvian military leaders.
This trip is typically funded in partnership between the Civil Engineering Department and the organization or base that hosts the field school. Due to the increased costs associated with international travel, student sponsorship is required to offset the department’s financial burden and enable the field school to take place in Peru. Twenty students are enrolled in the course, so sponsorship of any portion of the estimated $2,000.00 per student cost would be incredibly helpful.
The continued generosity of our ex-cadets is nothing short of amazing. You continue to provide our students with incredible educational and cultural experiences ensuring they are ready for the challenges they face after graduation. Your support to this trip will ensure that our students receive the necessary out of classroom experience that will provide them with hands-on learning experiences to better prepare them for their future careers in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Any requests for additional details about the field school should be directed to the Course Instructor, Captain Matthew Beirnes (Matthew.Beirnes@rmc.ca or 613-541-6000 ext. 6387). Sponsorship queries can be directed to Jennifer Jordan of the RMC Foundation (Jennifer.Jordan@rmc.ca or 613-541-6000 ext. 6807). Tax receipts will be issued in accordance with CRA Regulations. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support!