Why did you choose to go into consulting?
In consulting you get to interact with multiple portions of the project. As a consultant you are typically involved in design, tender, contracts, construction and project closeout. The challenging nature of the job offers opportunities to solve problems through critical thinking. Working as a consultant provides exciting career opportunities due to the vastness of skills acquired. In consulting we get to work with other highly motivated individuals.
Tell us about your job. What do you do?
I work as a civil consultant in the Community Development group. Our group is involved in infrastructure design, tender and construction management for subdivisions, commercial and industrial sites. My scope of work starts before the land is developed, assisting to complete studies that determine the feasibility of developments. When the owner decides to develop the land I work with the team to create a competitive proposal highlighting our qualities. Once awarded the job, I work with our team complete the civil design and drafting to produce drawings. I tender the civil scope and evaluate submissions. I lead project construction meetings, project inspections, coordinate surveys, and take the project to closeout.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I review and answer emails 4-5 times a day. I delegate tasks and mentor junior staff 1-2 hours a day. Other phone calls and meetings/inspections are typical through out the week. Once communication and coordination items are complete, I work on my individual tasks such as writing proposals/reports, designing projects, drafting drawings, reviewing progress payments etc.
What’s an exciting project that you’re working on?
A commercial development project in St. Albert. It may seem like every other project, but it's a special project for me because it is the second project I lead in my career as project manager.
How does your work affect people’s lives, the environment and the world around us?
I help design and build the infrastructure and roads of our communities. It is my responsibility to ensure that our designs are safe and that construction is completed as per standards to ensure quality for future users.