Maria Skyers, CTech

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Maria Skyers, CTech

Development Project Supervisor

  • Classification: Certified Technician
  • Discipline: Civil Engineering
  • Current Employer: City of Surrey
  • Position: Engineering Technologist
  • Post Secondary: Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
  • High School: Peter Skene Ogden Secondary, 100 Mile House, BC

Career Experience

My career began shortly after I completed my post-secondary education, with a company I was introduced to at a career fair while enrolled in my post-secondary studies. I worked as an Engineering Technologist with the company for the first 5 years of my career, drafting and designing engineering drawings for land development projects, underground utilities, and general municipal engineering. I currently work as a Development Services Project Supervisor for Land Development projects at the City of Surrey. This role involves reviewing designs, detail drawings, specifications and project estimates. I also review and complete servicing agreements for offsite land development infrastructure. I provide moderately complex technical and administrative support related to the completion of various City engineering activities and projects, specifically related to Land Development.

Why I Became A Technology Professional

  • Pursuing a career in technology was a goal of mine since my late high-school years. When I tried my hand at drafting, it was a great fit from the start, and I knew I would enjoy a career in this industry. I continued my education with post-secondary studies in Drafting and Design, as well as Technology Management. This education has strengthened my skills in drafting/design for engineering projects; reviewing civil engineering/construction drawings; leadership; analytical decision making and project management.

Career Highlights

  • Engineering Technologist - Urban Systems Ltd. (5.5 years)
  • Development Services Project Supervisor - City of Surrey (2014 - present)
  • Opportunities to see projects I have designed being constructed, and seeing the finished product.
  • Working in different communities around the City and gaining experience with different types of projects.
  • Opportunities to volunteer through work supported charitable events, and give back to my community.

Professional & Community Activities

  • I am an active volunteer in several local organizations, and I am also a member of the Skills Canada Alumni Network. I continue to be involved with the Skills Canada competitions by volunteering and competitive events which provides me an opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in skilled trades and technologies.