In recent years i have worked as an Outside Plant Engineering Technologist while taking on as much work as possible a trainer and consultant. This includes teaching a Continuing Studies course in QGIS at Langara College.
I graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), as a Telecommunications Engineering Technologist in 1981. While I was in school I obtained my first technical position, as a part-time electronics technician for The Brick Warehouse, repairing consumer electronics and appliances.
I moved on from this to work as a radio technician for CNCP Telecommunications, spending a couple of summers serving the railway industry, repairing and installing radios and antennas on rolling stock and at fixed radio sites, while I completed my studies at NAIT.
In 1982, I began a wonderful career with TELUS, where I served in numerous technical roles over the years. Some of the details are available on my LinkedIn profile at http://ca.linkedin.com/in/rickdavidsonosp .
My most recent job at TELUS was as an Outside Plant Engineering Technologist, designing copper and fibre optic communications networks and support structures such as underground conduit systems and pole lines.
After my time at TELUS, I was employed for a couple of years as a technical instructor at NAIT’s Corporate and International Training division and as a fibre optics training contractor for The Light Brigade, while also running RAD Technical Consulting.
Over the years, TELUS very generously sponsored my further education. I love learning, and with TELUS’ assistance, I was able to complete the following during my spare time:
- A Microcomputer Technician Certificate at Pacific Vocational Institute
- Two years of undergraduate courses in Geography, specializing in Urban Studies
- An Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- A B.C. Provincial Instructor Diploma (PID)
As I approached the end of my engineering career at TELUS I decided to upgrade my qualifications and enrolled in an M.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction: Post Secondary at Simon Fraser University. I graduated in September, 2014.
In 2019, I enrolled in an extension to my PIDP program, the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction from the School of Instructor Education at Vancouver Community College.
My leisure activities include long distance running and working out at Rocky Point CrossFit.
I also enjoy attending technical conferences and events such as GoGeomatics Socials and the Vancouver eLearning Meetup. A couple of my favourite activities: serving on the Steering Committee of the Vancouver GIS Users Group and volunteering with Special Olympics BC, Burnaby.