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    ALUMNI Q&As

Meet Chris Tully
Engineering technologist at MPE Engineering Ltd
CADD (2017)


Q: Can you explain what a "day in the life" looks like for you in your occupation?

Typically, I'll come into the office in the morning, create alignments and whatever points I need to outline in the survey I am doing onsite that day. So, if I need a waterline alignment then I will create that in AutoCAD, or if I need to lay out some catch basins or manholes, then I’ll pick up the northing and eastings so I can lay them out. However, each day varies, I might do multiple surveys one day and the next be in the office doing more design work.

I also manage the equipment, so I have to make sure that all of our equipment is working and that everyone is supplied with whatever they need, depending on what field they are in.

Q: What do you feel makes the BEET program special?

What makes this program unique is the fact that you can graduate and have a variety of career options to choose from.  

I’m in the engineering field, but because of the other skills I learned I could work for a construction company or company that focuses more on design. It’s a great program because there are so many career paths you can choose from.

Q: What did you like about MHC?

The small classes are what I really liked because you got to know your instructors and received more one-on-one help – there was a strong relationship between them and the students.

Q: Do you have advice for current or prospective students looking to enter the field?

My advice to students would be to keep your options open in terms of the types of jobs you pursue. When I first started looking, I was just focused on getting a job in drafting. However, there are only so many positions in that field, so I ended up working in surveying with Benchmark Geomatics.

With my current job at MPE, drafting and surveying are both assets because there is a correlation between the two. So I ended up getting to do what I had originally wanted because I was open to trying out something different.

The more knowledge you can gain, the better. Sometimes it’s not a straight forward path, but just keep taking the opportunities that come to you, and you’ll get there. 

Meet Jade Greenwald
Drafter at CF Industries
CADD (2015)


Q: Can you explain what a "day in the life" looks like for you in your occupation?

Updating drawings such as isometrics and piping and instrumentation diagrams as well as managing the filing system for all the drawings. I also look after underground facilities and excavations, so I manage outside contractors. 

Q: Why did you choose this career path?

I chose this career path because of the diversity it offers. Mechanical, architectural, and civil engineering are all available career paths after completion and you aren’t confined to one type of job. It also allows for design work and creativity which has always been an interest of mine. 

Q: What advice would you give a student who is looking to pursue the same career path?

I would say be prepared to put in the time required for this course. It's a heavy course load, but worth the effort. 

It's challenging, but also has a lot of fun elements such as the CADD-a-pault Competition where students can test their skills and creativity. 

Q: How did your program prepare you for your career?

The 3D modelling projects that we created and 3D printing our projects. I also loved architectural design and the Photoshop portion of the course.

Q: What did you like most about your program?

Updating drawings such as isometrics and piping and instrumentation diagrams as well as managing the filing system for all the drawings. I also look after underground facilities and excavations, so I manage outside contractors. 

Q: What do you think sets MHC apart?

Definitely the smaller class sizes make a difference compared to universities. It's a more welcoming and helpful environment, especially for new students.

Q: Any insight for our BEET students?

Have a good portfolio for job interviews, it makes a huge difference. It gives you a chance to showcase your work and what you’ve learned, and how you can apply it to the workplace.