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Matt the Power Engineer

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He is new to the business too (As of 2001).

Matt has his 4th class Power Engineer Technologist certificate and is a summer student getting job experience before he heads back to technical school to finish up his 3rd class Power Engineer Technologist certificate.

Initially he had gone to a community college and went into a general arts program to test the waters so to speak. During that time he spoke to many people to gain more information on career options. He thought Chemical Engineering would be a good fit for him. So he went off to Dow Chemical to do what is called "Job Shadowing" where you spend a day with someone while they go about their regular duties. There he spoke to Chem. Techs as well as Power Engineer Technologists. He soon determined his career direction after hearing what the Power Engineer Technologists had to say.

Matt like the variety of jobs one could have as well as the variety of things a person can do within one job designation. He likes the hands on stuff and believes it to be a better fit for him and will be more enjoyable than shuffling around in a laboratory all day or sitting behind a desk all day and getting fat.

Matt believes he will have more time off to travel, golf and go camping. The one thing he sees as a possible conflict is having to work special holidays like Christmas etc. as they are special family days. Then again if he were in the retail business it may not be any different. He believes he will be making small sacrifices for much larger gains elsewhere. All in all he figures it will be a better way of life with greater opportunity both career wise and lifestyle wise.

Good luck in your future endeavors Matt.

Update:  Matt got his third class Power Engineer Technologist certificate and a full time job as a plant operator with a multinational corporation at the end of 2002 and then with another in 2004 in a conventional oil plant.  Matt's career is on it's way!


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  • Brothers in the business:
      1. Al. The executive.  Photo!
      2. Brian. Working the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday routine.
      3. Chad. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      4. Chris. He used P.E.T. as a spring board to another career.  Photos!
      5. Don. Work in at the brewery.  Photos!
      6. Dwayne. An old hand.  Photos!
      7. Earl. Retired but still working full time???  Photos!
      8. Gord. Management.  Photo!
      9. James. Soon to be wealthy. Lots of great photos!
      10. John. Chief Engineer at the brewery.  Photos!
      11. Matt. A newbe in 2000.  Photo!
      12. Mike. Heís formerly from Scotland.  Photos!
      13. Max. A Control Room Operator and Shift Engineer who had his employer pay for his continuing education in his favorite hobby, computers.  Photos!
      14. Steve. The "Bad Boy of P.E.T." who has hit the six figure income bracket. Photos!
      15. Ted. Has hit the six figure income bracket.
      16. Warren. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      17. Older Warren. Lots of experience. Photos!
  • Sisters in the business:
      1. Brenda. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      2. Elaine. Management.  Very short Bio.  No pics.
      3. Hanna. Works in the electrical power generating industry.  Very short Bio. No pics.
      4. Lana. A newbe and Control Room Operator.  Photos!
      5. Mandy. A newbe in 2002.  Photos!
  • Brothers and Sisters of Aboriginal decent in the business:
  1. Liz.  She's happy to be a granny!  Photo!
  2. Alita. A student in 2002.  Photo!
  3. Jay. A newbe in 2000.  Formerly a research scientist.  Photos!
  4. Justin. A newbe in 1999 who is a Control Room Operator and who got $9000 in scholarshipsPhotos!
  5. Randy.  Under development.
  • Scope of P.E.T. Technology.
  • DARK SECRETS. Things people do and shouldnít do, while on shift.
  • Internet links to:
  1. US job opportunities
  2. Canadian job opportunities
  3. US apprenticeship, training and licensing
  4. Canadian apprenticeship and training
  5. Other countries and their job opportunities
  6. US Labor agencies.


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