Liz, a Power Engineer of aboriginal decent who is in a nontraditional career.
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Liz the Grandmother Power Engineer

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Hi I'm Liz.  I'm now a grandmother and I still love this business.  This career has everything you could ever want and need.  I work with Dave on occasion so he knows what kind of variety of people we have around here.  I got involved in the business in 1984, the same year Dave did.

When I originally looked into this it was like one of those destiny things.  Like most of us, I heard about it through the grapevine, not from the news paper, or radio or any kind of advertisement.

I had been out of the work force for quite sometime as I had been a housewife raising a family.  Then I got divorced and became a struggling 38 year old single mother trying to support a family.  Not an easy thing to do no matter where you live.

I could have gone to university for 3 to 4 years and hoped to find a job when I got out but that was crazy.  I couldn't afford to do that in terms of time or money!  I had to start making some money, good money and in months not years!  The business gave me everything I was looking for.  From the time I started till the time I finished my fourth class ticket and was making reasonable money was only 5 ˝ months!  And as the years went on the money just kept getting better and better with lots of time off for me to raise my kids.  No looking back for me now.

The other part that I like about this is that you not only get to use your mind but you also get to do a lot of hands on stuff throughout the day.  A good combination that keeps you motivated.  I don't think I’d like a desk job, it would bore me and put me to sleep.  Doing just labor work would be hard on me after awhile being a little granny so what I do now is a great blend.

I am a successful example of women in nontraditional careers.  Dare to be different.

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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. He’s 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 shouldn’t 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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