Career Stories

Interviews and information on the many roles within the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

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We are looking for feedback on the services the ministry provides around the province. Whether it is our person-to-person or electronic customer service or the quality of service we provide to keep our provincial highway system safe and reliable, we want to hear from you. REDIRECTING … We are forwarding you to the Customer Satisfaction Survey Site. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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Tell TranBC

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What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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The Secret Life of the Webcam Guy – Revealed!

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Lately, we’ve been introducing you to some of the folks who work around here, not only to provide you with a better idea of what we do as a ministry, but also to give you a better idea of who we are personally and the diverse group it takes to keep you safe as you travel the province’s highways. Today we’re talking with Steve Drew, our Senior Electrical Standards Technologist. We also like to call him “the webcam guy”. He does a lot more than that, but when it comes to webcams, he’s the man. Here’s what he had to say about his work with our webcams. What is your role with the ministry’s webcams? My role centers on the installation. Beginning with site selection and ending with supervising the installation where necessary.  Site selection can be quite involved as it requires considering input from Regions, Districts, and the...

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Meet Sharlie Huffman: Professional Engineer

Meet Sharlie Huffman: Professional Engineer

You might already know that March is National Engineering Month, but did you know that March is also the month for “Expanding Girls Horizons in Math and Science”? Much of the work we do here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure involves math and science – especially the work done by our wonderful team of engineers on staff, some of whom, are women. We spoke with Sharlie Huffman, who is the Senior Bridge Seismic and Structural Health Monitoring Engineer with the ministry and asked her a few questions about engineering and the role of women in this field. Sharlie was recently awarded  a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal which recognizes Canadians who have made a lasting contribution to the quality of life we enjoy. 1.   What made you want to become an engineer? How long have you been in the engineering field? I always loved puzzles and mystery stories...

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The TranBC Interviews: Cliff – Creston Area Manager

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It takes a big team to keep our roads and bridges safe for travellers, but did you ever wonder who those people are or what they do? Well read on, because introductions are in order. Meet Cliff Razzo. He’s an area manager who works in Creston, British Columbia. And what does he do? Well, let’s hear Cliff tell it in his own words. So, what is an area manager? The best way to describe an area manager is as a “local representative” for the ministry, especially in the case of working in an area office, where you’re often the only transportation employee there.  As for myself, I work out of the Creston area office, and many of my office colleagues are from different ministries. Most of my transportation colleagues are 130 km away in the Nelson office. As an area manager you will become the face of the ministry...

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So, You Want To Be A Trucker? Five Steps to a Class 1 Licence

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  This is how a few of our trucking Twitter tweeps (say that five times fast) responded when asked what they like about hauling goods around the province. Many people love trucks and have the drive to explore B.C.’s diverse landscapes while helping the economy move. Do you? If so, here’s how to get started. Step 1: Be sure you qualify You fit the bill if you have a Class 5 or 6 driver’s licence, which are the full privilege licences that allow you to drive a standard passenger vehicle or motorcycle. You also must be at least 19 years of age. Step 2: Hit the books Knowledge is horsepower. Before getting behind the wheel, you’ll need to fill your head with all kinds of trucking know-how, from heavy vehicle braking to identifying signs, signals and road markings. ICBC publishes Driving Commercial Vehicles, a study guide for current and...

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Field Services: Outstanding Supervision Specialists

Field Services: Outstanding Supervision Specialists

Question: What is 115 people strong and has over 2,300 years of experience? Answer: BC Provincial Field Services Coordinating the epic amount of the construction work we do here in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure requires a special team of individuals to guide and supervise that work as it happens in the field. Those special men and women belong to Provincial Field Services and are responsible for the supervision, technical consultation and direct field administration of grading, paving and sealcoating works throughout the province. It’s an enormous job and this team is up to the challenge. The Provincial Field Services main office is located in Kamloops, near the heart of the province and acts as a hub for the ministry’s construction activity across B.C.  Field Services staff is spread out across the province in order to supervise projects as they ‘roll out’.  They ensure the construction delivered meets...

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What’s it Like? An Interview with a BC Avalanche Tech

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We’ve had a lot of interest in our avalanche program lately, so we thought we’d give you an inside look at what goes on there. Meet Avalanche Tech Robb Andersen. Robb’s been working in avalanche safety since 1994, and he’s been with the ministry since 2004, working the snowy slopes in different areas throughout the province. He was in Stewart working Bear Pass when they had their biggest winter in 30 years, and he’s also spent a lot of time in Kootenay Pass, which is where we caught up with him to ask some questions. What does a typical day look like for an avalanche tech on Kootenay Pass? We start our day at 7:00 a.m.  The first thing we do is drive through the avalanche area, making observations and looking particularly for any changes overnight or any new avalanche activity. Past, present and future weather conditions are the...

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National Engineering Month: Fellowship of the Ring

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In Canada, March marks National Engineering Month, an opportunity to spotlight their work and maybe pique the interest of those looking for a new career.  And did you know that Engineers have their own ‘Fellowship of the Ring’? No, this ring is not wrought in darkness; in fact its origin is quite the opposite. The engineering ring was created to symbolize the faith that people place in the structures designed by engineers. This Engineering Ring is an engineer’s ‘precious’ reminder of the lives who depend on his or her work. The ring is small and understated, designed as a constant reminder, rather than a piece of jewellery. Originally it was manually hammered to produce a rough outer surface and is worn on the pinkie finger of the working or dominant hand; the surface facets act as a sharp reminder of the engineer’s oath while she or he works, because...

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