Geotechnical Engineer in Training
Type: Career Profile
Industrial Arts, Technology & Engineering
As a teenager, I was not that interested in school and had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I did, however, like science and shop classes, and was always curious as to how things worked and how they were built. Following advice from guidance counsellor, I continued taking math throughout my high school years, but did not enrol in the advanced courses. I was not interested in math as I thought I would never use any of this information in the real world. Now that I am working as an engineer, I can say, oh boy - was I ever wrong.
I currently use a lot of the advanced math such as calculus on a regular basis, but I also rely heavily on the fundamental math skills such as trigonometry and algebra. Instead of solving for x in a classroom, I solve for x in real life situations, such as determining the safe slope angle for a slope stability project, or to find the depth of embedment for driving a pile into the ground on a batter.
In 2007, I graduated from Fanshawe College’s three-year co-op program in Civil Engineering Technology. I continued my education overseas in Australia to upgrade my technologist degree to a university degree to allow me to become a professional engineer. I received two years credit for my college degree, and completed my Bachelor of Engineering in two years. I graduated with honours in 2010 from Griffith University in Gold Coast Australia.
I like to go boating, wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and ATVing. I also enjoy spending time at the cottage with my family.
I do on-site inspection and testing for municipal, commercial residential and industrial construction projects. This includes concrete testing, rebar inspections, compaction testing, subgrade inspection, laboratory testing of soils, and equipment maintenance.
I was born/grew up in: Stratford, Ontario
I now live in: London, Canada
I completed my training/education at: Fanshawe College and Griffith University in Gold Coast Australia.
When I was
- Physical Education/Health
- Always wanted to be outside
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Wasn't sure what I wanted to do
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked