Right out of high school, I was looking for my first job and it was my mom who suggested I consider AECOM. She knew it was a good environment for a young person to start a career, so she encouraged me to apply. It’s good to have family looking out for you!

I’m currently a class 1 driver operating a combination vacuum truck in an oilfield facility in Northern Alberta, Canada, and I’ve been working for the company for almost 10 years now.

When I was first hired, I was a laborer doing very dirty, hard work. I spent a lot of time in vessels cleaning them and trying to prove I was as tough and as good as the men I worked beside. I earned respect from my team and supervisors for completing work effectively and efficiently — something I’m very proud of.

I slowly made my way to operating a steamer unit and mentoring the crew of laborers who worked with me. Five years ago, I decided I wanted a little more from myself and obtained my class 1 drivers license and started operating a vacuum truck and eventually operating a combination unit.

AECOM has always given me the opportunity to advance in my career, and our manager and supervisors encourage us to learn new things and take full advantage of development opportunities.

My future is still wide open as to where it will take me, and I’m always searching for new adventures. I want to expand my knowledge and experience, and know the team of people I work with will support me — helping me find the right position to advance me in my career. It’s been hard work, but I’m proud of where I am and who I’ve become.