"It's interesting to see how things work and how it is designed in engineering. Also, I like having the chance to work both inside and outside of the office. Staring into a computer, day after day, all day long is not much fun."
Today's rapid technological revolution means that engineers will be continually upgrading their education for many years to come.
Daisy Lung works for Next Environmental Inc., an environmental engineering consulting firm. She is a part of the Site Investigation Team, which investigates potential environmental concerns at different properties.
Her career path began after high school, when she went into the engineering program at UBC. At the end of the first year, she chose to go into the Bio-Resource Engineering program. She graduated in 1998, with a bachelor's degree.
A few months after graduating from university, Daisy completed a job search program, which involved finding an eight-week job placement at a company in her field of study. She approached Next and a few other companies, and ended up choosing Next Environmental Inc. to do her voluntary placement. After the eight weeks, she was officially hired by Next.
Did you know? Of the women who enroll in engineering, 47% choose Environmental Engineering.
For those who are interested in pursuing a similar career, Daisy recommends talking to someone in the field. Also, if you have an opportunity to do a placement for career prep in the field, then do it. Look into the university calendars and make sure you take the necessary courses to get into the engineering program. An entry level position in environmental engineering pays in the low 30K's.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to turn dirt into dollars. That's just one aspect of Bio-Resource Engineer Daisy Lung's job.
Daisy is part of a site investigation team that conducts environmental assessments for real estate clients. It's a job that Daisy really digs. It gets her out of the office and onto a site. She uses the latest technology to identify environmental problems. Then, a strategy is created to clean up the contamination so that land can be used again.
Education: Bio-Resource Engineering program at the University of British Columbia
Hobbies: Cross stitching, baking, biking, playing ultimate with the Vancouver Ultimate League
Member of: Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia