City of Port Coquitlam
Sector: Architecture and Construction, Engineering, Government and Public Administration
Type: Career Profile
Industrial Arts, Science, Technology & Engineering
I love the challenge! I love problem solving and researching. I love interacting with the public and external sources to come up with solutions in the design or construction process. It is personally rewarding for me to see a job that I have been part of for a year or more be completed. Seeing the finished product is a great feeling!
The career path I am in now is not exactly what I expected to be doing in high school. My understanding of engineering was a bit different at the time, but I love what I’m doing now and couldn’t see myself in a differently role. This career is perfectly suited for me and my personality.
I spent a little bit of time at BCIT and after a semester took a year break doing general studies at UFV. I went back to the civil engineering technology program at Okanagan College. I got a job in the public sector straight out of college. I worked in transportation and infrastructure planning for 3.5 years. I also worked in the design and construction industry for about a year. I’m encouraged and motivated to push for more diversity in this sector.
Don’t be discouraged by the industry. Keep your head up; accept your weaknesses and stand firm on the things you know.
I love trail running and working out. I am a huge book reader. I also enjoy gardening and hanging out with my husband and friends.
In project management, day-to-day operations change. A typical day could visiting a job site, reviewing invoices, looking over old or new designs, analyzing budgets or managing resident inquiries. Sometimes situations arise on the job site. This could be a design conflict or changes in construction procedures. Sometimes it is solutions have to be thought our and sometimes the issue can be decided on the spot.
We are always working as a team. We work very closely with consultants and contractors in the industry to complete projects.
When I was
- Foods and Nutrition
- Physical Education/Health
- Brought people together
- Played on a sports team
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Wanted to be in charge
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Always knew exactly what I wanted to do
- Liked to design or build things