National Engineers Week: Kari Rosteck

February, 18, 2019 at 46:00

If someone were to tell you “you can’t do that” – what is your first instinct? To probably do it. It’s human nature to be curious and test your boundaries. So, when my physics teacher in grade 11 told me I wouldn’t be able to handle engineering, I simply heard the conversation as ‘challenge accepted’.

What started as a challenge to myself ended up being the start of an amazing career. I had no idea what an engineer did, let alone what industries I could get into. Reason being, engineers seriously do anything and everything, and they’re super modest about it too. Some people call it socially awkward but I think modest sounds best.

Choosing a career is definitely the hardest part of engineering and it really depends on your interests. You have to find what you’re most passionate about and align it with your daily grind. Personally speaking, I am most excited about saving energy and leading a minimal life. I take great pride in helping others achieve similar goals which in the grand scheme of business, helps save money. In my field of engineering I get to work in the areas of buildings that many people don’t ever see. I monitor the buildings “heart rate” per se and test all of its components to make sure they’re operating efficiently. This in turn gives the building occupants a healthy space to live and work and the owners get to save money too. Talk about a win – win!

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