Electronics and Informatic Systems, Canadian Coast Guard
Sector: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Type: Career Profile
Business & Economics, Technology & Engineering
I feel a lot of pride when I see a Coast Guard ship leave port and sail into open waters. Even though I’m no longer onboard the ships I feel that I am still part of the crew because I’m part of a larger system that helps keep people safe on the ocean. I enjoy the fact that every day has its own challenges and requires me to prioritize and often make quick decisions. Because each vessel is different they have different needs and issues. This helps keep us all sharp and on our toes!
I attended the Marine Institute in St. John's, NL. Here I completed an electronics technician program. After I joined the Canadian Coast Guard, I entered a three year development program. This program takes you to an independent working level. I had always been interested in electronics and this provided me with lots of opportunity learn more. During my years with the CCG, I have worked at different jobs in locations from the high Arctic to the Caribbean. In the early years of my career sometimes I had to be away from family for extended periods of time. This was difficult at first but in later years technology helped lessen the impact because I had more constant communication with home.
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Outside of work I enjoy the outdoors. Physical activities include hiking, snowshoeing, using ATVs or snowmobiles. In the past I have done much volunteer work at my daughter's school.
One of my main roles is to make sure that the materials, people and tools necessary to keep our programs and services running are available. I make a lot of decisions each day. I also keep track of finances and provide reports on the status of projects and programs to my superiors. I use science and technology skills related to electronics and computer systems. I use my knowledge of geometry and algebra knowledge to make sure electronic specifications are followed. This is especially important where there are legal standards in place.
When I was
- Industrial Arts
- Physical Education/Health
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Played on a sports team
- Enjoyed working with my hands
- Was motivated by success
- Was really creative
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
- Liked to design or build things