Mike Reay Enjoys A Career of Underwater Adventure

Howe Sound frames the deep V-shaped profile of a freighter in drydock near Nuytco Research Ltd., where Mike Reay heads the electronics department. In the shop sit several small rounded vessels, part of a fleet of exploratory submarines built by Nuytco.

"I can't believe I've been at Nuytco for five years," says Mike, a graduate from BCIT's Instrumentation and Automation program. "There's a lot of demand for BCIT grads." Mike himself has brought several electronics technologists, all trained by BCIT, to Nuytco.

Nuytco employees also need a sense of adventure: all of the firm's machinists, mechanical technologists and electronics specialists are also qualified commercial divers. That's because few of Nuytco's sales are outright purchases. More often, a company or research organization will lease a submarine along with a team of Nuytco technicians who both "fly" the vessel and meet special requirements on the spot.

"The clients are interesting in themselves," says Mike, who has worked on U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration icebreakers, helped Korean businessmen assess their oil exploration technology and developed special lighting equipment for National Geographic expeditions. Some clients have visionary ideas. "We tell them - 'You work on your concept. We'll make it happen undersea.'"

A promise like that can sound like a boast, but it rings true from an advanced electronics technologist who doesn't hesitate to try machining or underwater photography if the project needs it.

Think you might be interested in pursuing a similar career? Find out more about the Instrumentation and Automation program.

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