This past Tuesday, we brought 40 Mount Douglas Secondary students to the University of Victoria for a career exploration opportunity. The students braved the rain and toured the newly built District Energy Plant, a highly innovative and beautiful building on campus.
The Project Co-ordinator for the construction of the building, Brandon, explained the challenges and joys of coordinating a project of this scale and complexity. He also described the variety of trades involved in the building of the plant, from pipe insulators to computer programmers. Brandon looks for employees who show initiative and learn from their mistakes and even discussed future work opportunities with a couple of eager students.
The students also participated in an activity run by two University of Victoria engineering students. The game involved using a variety of power sources to meet energy demands and highlighted some of the real-world challenges such as the inconsistency of wind power.
A big thanks to Brandon, Chris and everyone else who made this day possible!