MY NEW HOME - SASKATCHEWAN
Bringing new perspectives - Behrooz Razban
Behrooz Razban likes the visible change he creates through his work as a professional engineer.
"It's rewarding to see something you’re involved with being used, and people are enjoying it," he says.
He currently works as a senior project manager for the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, managing consultants and contractors.
Behrooz has been living in Saskatchewan for 10 years. Further schooling brought him from his home country of Iran to Canada. He completed a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Tabriz, and then after a few years of working he came to the University of Regina for a master's degree in environmental system engineering.
He applied to 10 universities, and the U of R was the first to respond. Eventually, he received seven acceptance letters, but by the time the rest of the letters came in, he had already started at the U of R.
"It was May; the weather was great; I liked the city. So when I got more admissions, I thought, I like it here, I don’t need to make a change."
During university he met his wife, another international student from Japan. They both found work in Saskatchewan, and have made their home here.
When it came time to apply to become an APEGS member, his application went smoothly. The association recognized his university right away. He's been volunteering with APEGS for several years now, and is currently working on the experience review committee -- the same committee that reviewed his work experience when he applied to become a professional engineer in Saskatchewan.
He credits part of his success applying for membership and finding work in his field to attending a 10-week APEGS workshop, called "Working as an engineer in Saskatchewan."
"Through that workshop, I got to know Bob McDonald, APEGS New Executive Director and Registrar, and I did use Bob for my reference when I was applying for jobs. Also, the course helped me to expand my professional network."
While building his professional network had been a challenge, now that he's established, he appreciates his international education and experience, which allows him to bring a new perspective to his workplace.
"My international experience provides an opportunity to see the difference in contracts, construction practices, and contractor selections. Seeing the difference sometimes helps me in providing some ideas at work."