Health, Safety, Environmental Coordinator
Northern Mat and Bridge LP
Sector: Architecture and Construction, Technology
Type: Career Profile
Biology, Ecology, Ecosystems, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human effect on the ecosystem, Geography, Science, Technology & Engineering
I enjoy the travel and being outdoors. I have the opportunity to work all over BC in all kinds of environments. Though I do paperwork, I'm not stuck in an office. I'm on site and get to experience some of Canada's biggest projects. I like being in the action and seeing our jobs first hand.
I also enjoy learning about the different ecosystems and animals around each job. In my role, I can be a voice for them and have the scientific information to help protect them.
After high school, I enrolled in a three-year Environmental Technologist diploma program. This program teaches graduates to work in a variety of environmental roles. These roles include pollution monitoring, conducting environmental audits, environmental management, site assessment and remediation, project management, and waste management.
The program I did was a co-op program. This meant that I spent time working on job sites where I could apply what I had learned in class. Being an Environmental Technologist allowed me to get a work term on an Industrial Construction job in the Albert Oil Sands. From there I completed my schooling and pursued additional training in Safety. By having education in two backgrounds, I have made myself a valued employee. I have built my career in Industrial Construction, Oil & Gas, and Energy projects.
Finish your schooling and get your certificates. Make sure you develop your people skills. High profile, high stress jobs are not for everyone; find a field you enjoy then chose your career. It's okay to shift around.
After work, I make the most of exploring the towns where we are working. I support the local economy by visiting their shops, restaurants and art/craft stores. Outdoor photography has been a bonus with all my travel. When I'm home I enjoy time with my family and doing home renovations.
As an HSE Coordinator at Northern Mat and Bridge, I am an advisor. I help my crews get the job done with safety, the environment, and efficiency in mind. As an Environmental Technologist I assist with identifying sensitive ecosystems and wetlands. I also help prevent the spread of invasive/nuisance plants/species and conduct animal/bird surveys. When cleaning our equipment I deal with chemicals and ensure proper quantities and quality. This requires chemical tests and sampling.
I also conduct noise testing on our job sites. This is to ensure our employees are not exposed to loud noises that could damage their hearing.
I was born/grew up in: I was born in St. John's, NL. Grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Maine, USA.
I now live in: Edmonton, Alberta
I completed my training/education at: I completed a Diploma in Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology at the College of the North Atlantic, St. John’s, NL
When I was
- Physical Education/Health
- Brought people together
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Played on a sports team
- Was motivated by success
- Liked being given specific instructions
- Felt at home in the outside, natural environment
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Wasn’t sure what I wanted to do
- Engaged in activities such as fishing, berry picking and hunting