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Trish McLevin, C.E.T.

Trish McLevin started her journey as a technologist when
she graduated from NAIT from the hydrogeological engineering program. She spent the next 15 years at Thurber
Engineering, Ltd. There, she worked her way up from a
tech-in-training to a senior geotechnical lab technologist. 
While at Thurber, Trish paralleled her progression in the
workplace with her personal professional development.
She moved from a T.T. designation to a C.E.T. certification. 

Trish has also taken on a quality review position and is
working on starting an in-house quality committee to faster
implement improvements. Quality control goes beyond the
lab and should cover all science and technology disciplines. 
Variances in skills and attitude level can be very damaging to projects and trust in general. For these reasons, Trish
strives for 100 per cent compliance to ASET's standards by
educating hiring managers on the association's value.

An avid learner, Trish soaked up as much information as
she could on entering the industry. She travelled around
Alberta, doing environmental and geotechnical drilling,
remediation and well monitoring, compaction testing and
assisting with large concrete pouring jobs.

Trish's goals as a Councillor are "to increase value for membership and ramp up the mentorship program." Since receiving certification in 2002, Trish has seen a decrease in
certain services. She plans to reverse these changes and
get the programs back to where they were when she first
became a member. 

Even between her field assignments, Trish kept busy with
her learning. She swapped out coveralls for a lab coat
and learned a full range of lab testing procedures including basic index testing, materials testing and eventually
advanced geotechnical testing. It was during these hours
spent in the lab that Trish found her calling. 

"There used to be more retail discounts available when
I first came on board," Trish has noticed. "That seems to
have dwindled and at least one of them isn't honouring the
discount. I hear the mentorship program is lacking in mentors volunteering. I would like to find out why and help to
increase the number of both mentors and mentees."

It wasn't long before she became the person everyone
came to for answers in the lab, and she'd trained new techs
to take over for her in the field. After that she became a full
time lab technician. Over the years, she has trained and
mentored many techs and engineers, and continues to do
so in her new role at Stantec Consulting.  

To accomplish her goal for the association, Trish isn't
afraid to bring about a few growing pains. "At work, I am
the squeaky wheel that forces change.  My husband calls it
nagging, I call it tenacity," she laughs.

Trish started at Stantec in 2017 as a senior laboratory technician.  Her work involves lab testing, mentoring new techs,
review of lab testing by the techs, calibration and inventory management, lab billing and filing and quality control.
She enjoys quality control and mentorship the most out of
all her duties. In her additional role of social engagement
coordinator, she keeps the team in good spirits and spearheads charity drives.  

Trish believes in work-life balance. She enjoys the backcountry and canoeing as well as spending time with her
husband, four kids, five grandkids and her three colonies of
over 240,000 honeybees.



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