I was born/grew up in: Kamloops BC
I now live in: Burnaby BC
What I do at work
I work as part of a team consisting of Structural Engineers and Engineering Technologists. All projects have at least two sets of eyes to do and review the work. Computers/tablets are the most common technologies we use - computers in the office and tablets in the field. The senior Engineer delegates the work to the team. Most major design decisions are from the senior members of the team; however, all members are included as part of the discussions. The work normally consists of designing and drawing structures in the office and inspecting those structures in the field.
My career path is
In high school I knew I loved science, but I did not have a career in mind. When I graduated high school, I got a scholarship to the local university college. There I took general science and was inspired by the physics department to complete my BSc in Physics. The summer before my final year I realized I still did not a career in mind. I took a career aptitude test through my school and one of the top items was Civil Engineering Technology. It sounded interesting so I did some research. I liked what I saw so once I completed my BSc I signed up the Civil Engineering program at BCIT. I actually worked at BCIT as an instructional assistant for two years following graduation. From there I went to work at ISL Engineering, where I have been ever since!
I am motivated by
I love working with others and doing work that helps others. The people and company that I work with make a huge difference to my personal job satisfaction.
How I affect peoples’ lives
Most of the work we do is for cities or municipalities, and is used by the public. For example, if we are given a job to design a bridge, we are involved in the design and building phase. Once complete, the public is able to use the structure safely.
Outside of work I
My advice to others
Find someone in the career you are interested in and ask questions.