Senior Estimator – Kor Alta Construction Ltd.
“NAIT’s flexible learning environment has allowed me to pursue my professional designation with no interruption to my work schedule.”
The hands-on, industry-specific learning environment at NAIT meant Peter could create a career path that reflected his experience and goals.
Having worked as an estimator in the construction industry for more than 15 years, Peter Vanderzwagg was ready to elevate his skills and knowledge. NAIT’s Construction Technology Certificate provided the technical information and applications Peter needed to renew his career.
“The instructors and course material are geared to the practicality not necessarily the intellectual. It’s much more of a practical experience.”
The contractual and legal knowledge Peter gained, together with the industry connections provided by NAIT instructors, has been invaluable in his job as a senior estimator at Kor Alta Construction Ltd.
With over 15 years’ experience in construction, Peter is no stranger to the industry. To propel his career into management, he looked to NAIT for the skills needed to obtain his Gold Seal Certificate (GSC). Evening courses in Construction Technology helped Peter to become a professional estimator and helped him obtain his GSC designation.
The diverse content is beneficial for project managers, superintendents, estimators and construction company owners.
“The courses help fill out the missing pieces. A lot of people in the industry already have their CET (Construction Engineering Technologist diploma). For those that don’t have that broad knowledge, the Construction Technology Certificate helps fill in those holes that you’re missing.”
With the NAIT Gold Seal Certificate recognized by the Canadian Construction Association, Peter plans to pursue a management or ownership role with more decision-making power.