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Jennine Tiedemann, a C.E.T. and graduate from NAIT's materials
program, has done this kind of testing in multiple areas
since she entered the field.
" MATERIALS ENGINEERING
TECHNOLOGY OPENS SO
MANY DOORS to so many different
directions. That allowed me to really
perfect the skills that not only I was
good at but that I was interested in
doing, and take myself to industries
or areas of the world that really
spoke to me, " Tiedemann says.
After school Tiedemann worked in the pipeline facilities
manufacturing industry. There she performed welding and
welding inspections on pipes. She also did facility management
and building construction on individual sites. Her work
at this time allowed her to explore and learn all about the
inner workings of Alberta's oilfields.
Next moving to Vancouver, she worked on large scale infrastructure,
including a sky train project there.
" I really feel like materials engineering offers you a touch on
such a wide variety of exciting worlds, " she says. " I've been
in infrastructure. Now I'm in commercial construction. I've
been in pipeline facilities. "
These are only a few of the possibilities.
" You can get into testing labs that are doing research projects
on something you've never even heard about! " Tiedemann
says. " It's so diverse and exciting, and it's something
that just keeps rapidly changing. "
Todd Honkala, a C.E.T. who spent 15 years in Calgary as a
bridge inspector, oversaw partnerships between the city
and testing labs during his inspector days. In addition to
their own team of inspectors for certain tests, the city would
hire companies with specialists in particular types of testing
to perform inspections on the bridges.
" They would do drilling. They would do chloride sampling
of the concrete, where they actually drill, take the powder
and test it. They would do rebar cover depth measurements.
There is a test that will tell you what kind of corrosion activity
is taking place in a bridge deck, where they actually hook
circuits up and check the currents - the activity that is taking
place, " Honkala recalls.
For 23 years, C.E.T. Senia McPherson led a team at one
such organization. She served as a supervisor, materials
testing, with inspection services company Acuren. During
that time, her team's work was defined by thoroughly figuring
out the causes of a failure through their own work to
break a material.
" One of our mottos when I was running the materials lab was,
'If you make it, we'll break it,' because we're trying to determine:
Can it withstand those properties? " McPherson explains.
This proved fascinating work to McPherson, given the
countless questions that would pop up around the parts under
inspection.
" THE MOST INTERESTING
THING FOR MATERIALS
TESTING was to see, why would
it fail, and how did it fail, and was
there a preexisting defect? Because
as materials technologists, you're
going to be able to determine that, "
McPherson says.
" Did the material have sufficient strength? Or [we'd determine]
there are too many inclusions or imperfections in that material
to be able to meet the specification or the application. "
NAIT's materials program is well-equipped and experienced
in giving future materials testers the knowledge to perform
the tests that can solve these questions. The only one of its
name in Canada, the materials program has a long history of
contributing to Alberta's safety. In fact, it was one of the first
at NAIT, beginning in 1963 only a year after the Edmonton
polytechnic opened its doors for instruction.
That legacy holds strong today. ASET was recently invited
for a tour of the materials lab, led personally by Triolaire. The
lab is a materials tester's dream, giving students access to a
sweeping assortment of DT and NDT machinery.
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