William Sparling, AScT

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William Sparling, AScT

  • Classification: Applied Science Technologist
  • Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
  • Position: Retired
  • Post Secondary: Advanced BA, MA-War Studies, MA- Disaster & Emergency Management, Operant Animal Trg & Conditioning
  • High School: Lord Beaverbrook High School, Calgary, Alberta

Career Experience

I have served throughout the world and, although my ASTTBC certification as an AScT is in the mechanical discipline, I am more properly described as a multidisciplinary technologist working with mechanical systems, pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical, electronic, control systems, Ships Dive Team supervisor responsible for diving operations and mine countermeasures, Biological-Radiological-Chemical-Nuclear-Explosive Defence, and explosives ... to name only a few. Brief highlights (technical only) included:

• Planning the training, professional guidance and development of junior staff; including mentoring, counselling, and handling performance issues.
• As a technician, was responsible for the maintenance and operation of ships’ armament and sensor systems, ammunition stores, and associated equipment, as well as scheduling, documentation, and accounting.
• As Senior Diver, planned and led ship borne diving operations, responsible to the Commanding Officer for equipment, safety and the conduct of operations including rescue and mine counter-measures.
• Managed and directed shipboard operation and maintenance activities; including documenting, directing and prioritizing maintenance, utilizing both paper and computer based systems, as well as accountability measures for staff and equipment.
• As Regular Staff Support, posted to Reserve Force units, ensured that readiness requirements were met, provided technical and professional support to units in areas not within Reserve Force capabilities, and maintained professional relationships between Reserve and Regular Force cultures.
• Coordinated all activities for selected vessels in extended readiness; ensuring maintenance, safety, security and staff employment standards were met and necessary Quality Assurance testing was carried out, while also ensuring that all high value items were accounted for and national security requirements were met.
• In a shore based engineering facility, was responsible for maintenance of shipboard weapons and sensor systems, conducted planned and corrective maintenance including fabrication of components as required.
• Planned and conducted high level training and education for technical specialists in complex electrical, electronic, mechanical, and fluid power systems; in addition to training with explosives and other hazardous materials.

Prior to retiring from the CAF, my last posting was a return to the training system (where I had been an instructor several times), as both a senior instructor and placed in charge of student welfare and discipline for a division of a major educational facility on the west coast.
Outside of purely military matters, I conducted national and local level research in Disaster and Emergency Management, pursued my interests in history (including publishing) and qualified as an internationally credentialed animal trainer.
Unfortunately, military service cannot last forever and, due to injuries, I was forced to retire from both the CAF and technical pursuits. However, I did leave on a high note. On my retirement I was recognised for my volunteer activities in support of persons with disabilities with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (literally on my last day in uniform!).

Why I Became A Technology Professional

  • I have always been interested/surrounded by technology of all descriptions and disciplines. Well acquainted with technology in many forms and a firm believer, based on experience, that just because it's new tech doesn't mean it's appropriate tech.

Career Highlights

  • Naval Weapons Technician, Canadian Armed Forces (RCN)
  • Instructor at various levels incl: civilians, recruits, techs, senior pers & leaders
  • Public Outreach & Recruiting
  • National & international operations

Professional & Community Activities

  • Published internationally in history, political, military,disaster & emergency management topics.
    Presented at international conferences.
    Volunteer in the community in support of persons with disabilities.
    Compliance Auditor for group home certifications.
    Internationally accredited animal trainer.