Sandy Yakimchuk

Electronics Engineering Technology ’85

Published on January 31, 2019

After NAIT, Sandy Yakimchuk worked with electronic control systems on oil rigs around the world, travelling all continents except Antarctica, a life-changing experience he believes wouldn’t have happened without his education.

“This is a favour back to NAIT for allowing me to have such a lot of fun in my career.”

Now owner and operator of Control Freaks Automation, an Edmonton-based firm that specializes in designing electronic controls, Yakimchuk volunteered nearly 500 hours to build 13 custom programmable logic controllers (PLC) for NAIT’s electronics engineering and nanotechnology programs, and also helped write an accompanying course.

Students will learn about applications for PLCs in different Alberta industries and how to write the software they use to control machines and equipment – broadening their career options upon graduation.

— Fiona Bensler