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CALGARY ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST
she-cession-proofs career with
help of first-in-Canada program
BY MICHELE PENZ
When Kerrie-Lee Scott
was 19 and left SAIT a semester
short of finishing her engineering
technology education, it was
a decision she'd regret for
years to come. Thankfully, a
second chance at attaining
her professional credentials
was offered by the Association
of Science and Engineering
Technology Professionals of
Alberta (ASET) through its
competency-based assessment
program - the only one of its
kind in Canada.
Scott, who was born in Scotland, immigrated to Canada and
grew up in Calgary, was raised by a single, teenage mother
and hails from a long line of strong, independent women.
However, even her family background couldn't prepare her
for how challenging it would be to build a career in engineering
technology without the piece of paper legitimizing
her skills that so many employers demanded.
After moving to London for a few years on the wings of her
British passport, Scott eventually returned to Calgary to establish
herself in the engineering technology profession minus
proof of having graduated from a polytechnic. Humble
and no stranger to a hardscrabble life, she landed a technical
role, admitting to her lack of diploma but convincing
employers as to why she was qualified for the job. She has
worked in an engineering technology capacity since 2006
and moved from employment with a fabricator to oil and gas
producer to her current role with a major energy company.
Over the course of the last several
years, she held positions with
substantial technical responsibility
and accountability. But, due to her
lack of diploma, she was never
compensated in line with her peers.
" I just kept working and certifying myself in other ways with
the goal of eventual proper compensation for the roles I was
in. I am a certified welding inspector, for example, as that
was a way to work into asset integrity or quality control roles
without a degree, " said Scott.
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