Remote Sensing Analyst
Enfotec Technical Services Inc.
Sector: Information Technology, Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Type: Career Profile
Computer Science, Earth Science, Geography, Technology & Engineering
Many things motivate me in my work. I get to meet and work with lots of interesting people. A lot of my work involves problem solving, which I find quite stimulation. I have a lot of autonomy in how I do my job. The work I do is varied. I spend most of the time in an office, but I also spend some time on ships working with my hands as well as my mind. I have an opportunity to sail on ships that travel at high latitudes in an Arctic environment. These journeys are especially exciting as there is no other way to get to those destinations in winter than on heavy-duty icebreaking ships. I work with state of the art tools and technology. I also get to travel to many interesting and unusual destinations, both up north and around the world.
I decided to study geography because I knew there were going to be great challenges ahead for the human population. I was very interested in how our expanding world population would cope on a planet that was getting even more stressed by how we were using its resources. During my bachelor’s degree, I discovered geomatics and remote sensing and became skilled in both disciplines. I decided to deepen my knowledge of remote sensing and geomatics by taking a second cycle certificate focussing on these subjects. As I was finishing the certificate, I was recruited to participate on a study of how the country of Borneo was moving away from being a mainly farming society. I converted the certificate into credits for a Masters degree that I did while working on that project on Borneo. The remote sensing background I developed at University allowed me to apply for a remote sensing analyst job at Fednav, where I am today.
Being skilled with the software tools for remote sensing and geomatics is good. Understanding the data and how to use it when there are no tools readily available is better. Programming knowledge is a valuable asset.
I like to spend time with my kids. I enjoy the outdoors. I play hockey regularly. I like to bike in the summer time and ski in the wintertime. I like to fix things and do work around the house. I enjoy arts and music.
What I do is a service, so I’m directly helping people who rely on my expertise to make decisions. The work I do helps complex operations involving hundreds of people and millions of dollars worth of cargo unfold more smoothly.
I was born/grew up in: I was born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Canada, where I spent most of my life.
I now live in: Montréal, Québec, Canada
When I was
- Computer Science
- Foods & Nutrition
- Always wanted to be outside
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Liked reading
- Didn't really care about grades
- Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
- Liked to design or build things