A red seal journeyman machinist who launched a career after going through the apprenticeship program at SAIT but ultimately returned to the school to teach the future generation of machinists, Tim Wong’s career path echoes of his education.
Taking the registered apprenticeship program (RAP) through high school, Wong attended classes for half the day and then worked to build his machining skills for the other half. The program allowed him to start work as an apprentice right from high school graduation and take steps toward becoming a journeyman.
While at Fidelity Machine and Mould Solutions, Wong eventually became the apprenticeship coordinator for the Calgary shop, guiding future journeypeople for their careers as his journeyperson had done for him before.
His efforts competing at skills competitions — taking gold at the provincial level for precision machining and earning the chance to represent Alberta at the national level — are mirrored today as he serves as a member of the Provincial Technical Committee for Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machining.
Inspired by his own instructors — and grateful for his own time at SAIT — Wong swapped the shop for school in 2019 where he teaches in the school of Manufacturing and Automation.
He is currently studying for a master of arts in learning and technology program at Royal Roads University.
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