Why did you choose to go into consulting?
After graduating, I was looking for a career where I could use my combined background in science and engineering as much as possible. When the opportunity arose to work as a consultant in the water treatment industry, I felt that it would be the best place to achieve this goal.
Tell us about your job. What do you do?
I am a Process Engineer-in-Training with Associated Engineering. My role is to provide engineering and consulting services for rural clients and their water and wastewater systems. I design/size treatment systems for the given procedures that clients have requested help with.
What’s an exciting project that you’re working on?
I really enjoyed a project our company did for an Indigenous community approximately 6 hours north of Edmonton. Our team got to design an entirely new water treatment system from the ground up which was a unique experience. It was also extremely rewarding to help the community gain a safe and reliable drinking water system.
What excites you the most about the future of consulting?
I am most excited to see the integration of more technology with water and wastewater treatment systems. I think the recent advances in computer science, namely learning algorithms, will really change how the industry operates.
Knowing what you know now, what will you tell your younger self?
An instrumental skill that I believe is essential in consulting is the ability to process large and diverse amounts of information quickly. We typically deal with numerous documents that have thousands of pages, many of which are written by people or groups with different backgrounds from ours. We need to be able to go through all of that and determine a solution to the task at hand.