Durham College grad has it all in Alberta

 

Daniel Wilson, field supervisor at CiDRA Oil Sands, demonstrates Non-Destructive Testing methods on pipelines in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Daniel Wilson, field supervisor at CiDRA Oil Sands, demonstrates Non-Destructive Testing methods on pipelines in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

 

Daniel Wilson has it all: a house, a new truck, and his dream job – which he landed only three weeks after graduating.

Wilson was forced to make a big move to begin his employment. He relocated from Oshawa to Fort McMurray, Alta., where he currently works for CiDRA.

The American-based company operates its Oil Sands division out of Fort McMurray, and Wilson is employed as a field supervisor.

“I am the only certified Ultrasonic Technician at CiDRA,” he says, explaining the importance of his role with the company. “If a line ruptures, production needs to be shut down and that can equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars per hour of losses to the company.”

He describes his move as being “seamless,” adding that “Oshawa is a very industrial town, just like Fort McMurray.”

He finished his studies in the Mechanical Engineering, Non-Destructive Testing program two years ago, and managed to do so while on the Dean’s list.

With a final GPA of 4.56, Wilson says paying attention and doing homework regularly kept him at the top of his class.

“My GPA shows that I have dedication, discipline and an overall level of intelligence,” he says.

When asked to describe his life as a Durham College Alumni, Wilson puts emphasis on the word “awesome.” He enjoyed his time at college, where he met many new people and created lasting friendships. In fact, Wilson still keeps in touch with a friend from his program, who also lives in Fort McMurray.

Aside from working hard in class, Wilson also took part in intramural volleyball and participated in Jiujitsu at Bruckmann MMA in Durham, where he was a one-stripe blue belt.

Wilson says that his program is “very industry oriented,” adding “the gap between school and the actual industry was very small.”

Director of operations for CiDRA, Perry McKechnie says Wilson is a strong asset.

“He is very detail oriented, organized and motivated” commented McKechnie. “He is driven to succeed and I am certain that he has a great career ahead of him with CiDRA.”

Although he was nervous before the move, Wilson says the allure of what was to come kept him focused and motivated.

The best advice Wilson has for current and future Durham College graduates is to be patient. “It takes a lot of patience to land a job, but once you do it’s so worth it.”

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