Civil Engineering Technology
Graduation Year: 1992 Raymond Lau has been an Infrastructure Programmer for the City of Mississauga for the past 14 years. What are some of the major city projects you have been involved in over the years?
The Mississauga Transit Terminal Expansion which won an Outstanding Technical Achievement award from a provincial professional association in 2006. The Noise Attenuation Barrier Replacement Program, which received City Council endorsement and recognition. As well, the installation of a ‘green’ pilot project alternative to standard noise barriers, the first for a municipality in Ontario. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job?
Engaging both elected officials and city residents in a variety of engineering projects and decisions for Canada’s sixth largest city. Knowing that there is a great deal of public trust placed on those decisions and this trust can not be misplaced. But, as a public servant, it is always rewarding to see the results of your labour, and to know you have done the best you can.
Through my volunteer pursuits, I have received both professional and personal recognition over the years. One of the most notable accolades is a Civic Award of Recognition from Mayor Hazel McCallion and City Council for my volunteer Search and Rescue work.What trends/changes do you see happening in your field in the future?
Experience loss and succession planning will be the biggest changes professionally within the municipality, as will be the case for many organizations. Simply put, you can not replace 30+ years of experience and knowledge from a work colleague overnight. Filling some of these gaps while maintaining good customer service will be a challenge. What led you to study engineering at Sheridan?
I have always approached situations with a ‘can fix it’ or proactive attitude. Combining this with my aptitude in the mathematical areas of study, engineering always seemed like a natural choice. For me, Sheridan’s co-op program was the best venue to a successful career. It offers not only hands-on experience while you’re still in school, but a chance to showcase your skill-set to employers. What advice would you give to a Sheridan student or new graduate?
Stay on task, complete what you start and have fun doing it.