Right Mix of Academic and Hands-on Technical Experience

Completing a bachelor of technology in manufacturing (B.Tech.) while pursuing a hectic, challenging career that requires a great deal of travel is quite an accomplishment. But Jacqueline Gustafson is nearly finished.

"I can remember e-mailing assignments from Europe," she says. The thing she appreciates most about the program is that she was allowed a great deal of flexibility by the instructors. According to Jacqueline, they really understand that their students have job responsibilities.

Another great advantage of the program, in Jacqueline's view, is the contacts you make. The students work at a wide variety of companies and have a great diversity of experience. She hired a number of diploma graduates during her 10-year stint at Nortrak, where she worked until recently.

At Nortrak, which designs and manufactures railroads, she rose from being a designer to head of the entire engineering department. She says that she learned a lot, and she highly values her experience there.

She's now Manager in the Science, Research and Experimental Development Group at a large accounting firm in Vancouver, KPMG LLP. She investigates and determines the eligibility of clients' research-and-development work and prepares technical reports for the Canada Revenue Agency. This filing demonstrates a company's eligibility for Investment Tax Credits that can result in significant funding or cost reduction opportunities for the company.

There is no question in Jacqueline's mind that her BCIT education has been very important in her career development. In her view, the B.Tech. program provides the right mix of academic and hands-on technical experience.

She acknowledges that the program is intensive, but she believes that if you are goal-oriented, you can get through. Now that she's about to graduate, she says that she already misses BCIT a lot.

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