How long have you been a Supervisor with the City of Brampton?
What does your job entail?
Supervising a group of inspectors and project leads to manage road maintenance construction projects. I ensure that all required projects are completed on time, within budget and are staffed properly. I also ensure staff having the appropriate training required to remain safe on the job.
What do you like most about your job?
There’s always some variety to the work we get to do, as well as the ability to interact with the public as we work in front of many homes.
What do you think are key skills a person in this field should possess?
We definitely need an understanding of Civil Engineering principles as well as an ability to deal with people. Quite often, the public that we interact with are affected by our work and we need to be able to communicate clearly to them about what is happening around their property. Strong math skills are another benefit as we are always dealing with budget figures as well as many measurements for either estimates or payments.
What advice would you give someone considering a career in Public Works?
It’s definitely a rewarding career. You have the opportunity to deal with many building materials like concrete and asphalt, as well as doing things like bridge repairs and snow plowing. The variety is huge and you can really become a jack of all trades. A Civil Engineering diploma from a community college is a great way to leap into the industry, with many courses available after college to help with specific training. If you have the opportunity, try to get a co-op term to really see the field from the inside. It’s a great experience.