Working for a Global Leader
Andrew Stevens – Dow Canada
“I think what makes me most proud to be a NAIT alumnus is getting to work with other NAIT alumni every day and seeing what they’re capable of accomplishing.”
–Andrew Stevens (Power Engineering Technology ‘11)
Dow Canada employee and recipient of several scholarships
Andrew Stevens received several scholarships when he was a student at NAIT. “This was a tremendous help. I didn’t have a part-time job, so I was able to study more — and that helped me succeed in the program,” says Stevens.
“It was nice to be rewarded for all that hard work.” And, not surprisingly, Stevens’ grades attracted Dow Canada’s attention.
Two weeks after graduation, he was working in his field, as a power engineer at the company’s Fort Saskatchewan site. He now works in Dow’s power and utilities facility, ensuring the plant runs safely and efficiently.
“Andrew has been very successful as a NAIT grad within the Dow world,” says Joe Deutscher, the company’s site operations director. “He brings tremendous passion to the job. He’s very eager to train new employees and he’s willing to reach out to NAIT to encourage new folks to join us.”
“Dow’s competitiveness in a global marketplace is essential, so NAIT’s ability to contribute qualified, quality graduates from programs such as Power Engineering is extremely critical to our continued business success,” Deutscher explains.
NAIT graduates can be found throughout the company, in far-flung places like Saudi Arabia to south of the border, on the Gulf Coast. And it’s no accident.
The relationship Dow nurtures with NAIT is multifaceted.
- 64% of its workforce in Fort Saskatchewan are NAIT grads.
- The company provides NAIT with constant feedback on curriculum, so graduates have the right skill sets for Dow.
- The company invests heavily in equipment they know NAIT students will be using in the field.
- The company holds an annual symposium to provide students with invaluable career information.
That’s what brings Stevens back to campus. “Going back to the NAIT power engineering lab for the first time brought back some very good memories,” he says. His time at NAIT was a significant chapter in his life. It gave him a rewarding career.
And now those educational experiences serve as example of the power of a NAIT education to others.