On the #poweredbypeople series we interview those from different professional and personal backgrounds within the company. This week, we sat with Jarred Richter to examine his role as a technologist.
So, what is your background and role within the industry?
I’m currently a technologist who was born and raised in South Africa, in a town called East London on the Eastern Cape.
What does a technologist do that appeals to you?
A technologist is a blend of being hands-on while also doing real engineering work. It’s a good mix of both worlds.
Why did you get into this industry?
I started working in construction which I found to be boring – I needed more of a challenge. I decided to pursue a career as a technologist to better understand how systems work instead of just connecting them and not understanding how they operate.
What has been your favourite project?
I’d say working on an amusement ride from prototyping, developing to production. I was able to insert my experience into the ride and designed the hands-on aspect of the system.
What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
Trying to make sure things are done correctly but within a timely manner.
Any advice for those wanting to become a technologist?
Be open to learning as there are new things to learn everyday. Also, join local organizations such as ASTTBC.
What has been most effective in advancing your career?
Getting more hands-on experience. I started with doing electrician work to build a strong foundation before going into engineering. The skills I developed were able to transfer over into the new career direction.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein.
Favourite place travelled?
I would have to say Munich, Germany because I was able to connect with my heritage while enjoying the Bravarian lifestyle.
Favourite book, movie, or TV series?
The TV series Stargate SG1 is my all-time favourite.
Do you have areas of interest within the industry?
I’ve been really into the power side which includes utilities and control systems. Making things move and understanding how they work is really interesting to me. I like seeing the inner-workings of a complex system.
Next week on the #poweredbypeople series, we explore the role of a senior electrical engineer.
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