I was born/grew up in: Lambeth, ON
I now live in: London, ON
I completed my training/education at: I went to Fanshawe College for Business and I went to Trade School for my welding ticket.
What I do at work
At work, I analyze Material Safety Data (MSD) sheets. To do my job, I have to understand the structural integrity of different construction materials and metals. I work with customers to design and create custom projects using different materials. I use specialized equipment daily. For example, I use robotics in production and when we build things with metals. I also work with welding systems, cranes and a variety of construction equipment. Without a background in STEM, I wouldn't even be able to do my job. I wouldn't be where I am today.
My career path is
I fell in love with welding and working with my hands in high school. This is when I knew I wanted to become a certified welder. I went through high school, college and trade school to do this. I apprenticed with a variety of different shops that worked with welding and abrasives. My career has taken some unusual twists and turns. I love every one of them because it's brought me to where I am today. I started off as a welder in the industry. Now I work on the business and sales side of things, overseeing some of our largest key accounts. I love what I do and that every day is different. Every day I get to use my hands and I still get to wear my welding helmet! Check my LinkedIn profile for more details of my career path.
I am motivated by
I love being very hands-on and being able to take part in generational projects. I love working with my hands and being a key part in ever-changing work environments.
How I affect peoples’ lives
I work with my customers to build some of the biggest structures in the world. We contribute to the advancement in infrastructure daily, making advancements in production facilities. We allow people in the trades industries to work safer, smarter and more efficiently. We also help them do their work while being environmentally conscious. My career matters because without it, advancements would be slower. The need to adapt to an ever-changing environment and workforce is very important.
Outside of work I
I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family, tinkering in the garage, home projects, snowboarding and dirt biking
My advice to others
Get into the trades! Every day, I hear of customers looking for skilled tradespeople. Don't be afraid to work with your hands. Do something that you love that doesn't feel like work. Keep your head on your shoulders and remember that you can do anything you want.