Women of Aboriginal decent training in a non-traditional career as a Power Engineer

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Power Engineer's interview with Alita.

Alita the Lady Power Engineer

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January 2002:  This is Alita an twenty two year old woman of aboriginal decent training to become a Power {Stationary} Engineer a very non-traditional career for any woman.

Alita first heard about Power Engineering from her career councilor when she was taking upgrading at school.  Not often that happens unless you happen to be living close to an area where there are lots of industrial opportunities and Alita does live close to an area like that.

Her Career councilor spoke to her and her classmates about trades, the health industry, business and technical careers.  This one really stuck out  for her.  Most of the people in her class were interested in nursing, trades and social work.  Her and one guy chose Power Engineering.

She says she didn't want to be stuck in an office all day.  It sounded too confining.  More important than that, Alita has a two year old son, is a single mom and says "I want to turn my life around, take a new, positive and strong direction in life.  I want a real future.". 

Her parents were very skeptical about her doing this as Alita and school never mixed well.  But that changed when Alita had some realizations about life.  Her interests, level of determination and degree of commitment all changed.  From what she has experienced in class and in her on the job training it continues to propel her forward.

She says, it is difficult to say no to her friends when they call her to go out cruising or to visit friends when there is studying to do.  She has a vision for the future and it's not always easy to stay on track.  "Some of my friends are on welfare and I don't want to find myself falling into that trap."

Alita admires her cousin's husband Darwin because of the work he does as a Power Engineer and the lifestyle he has because of it. 

Although there are still many obstacles to overcome she is very enthused about what she is doing with her life and the career she has chosen to train for.  She finds it interesting and exciting when she can learn about what makes our modern world function and then explain it to her friends.

The best luck to you Alita, where ever you go...

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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!
  • Sister 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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