Negar Mackie, P.Tech.(Eng.)

Negar Mackie, P.Tech.(Eng.)

Negar Mackie completed her bachelor of science degree in condensed matter physics and worked as a laboratory research technologist in Iran. She graduated from NAIT in 2009 with a diploma in instrumentation technology and started working as a shop technician at WIRTANEN Electric, fixing and calibrating instruments. During this time, she registered as a technologist-in-training with ASET.

With her passion for working in Alberta’s oil and gas industry and in the instrumentation field, Negar decided to challenge herself by working in the field as an instrumentation technician, serving major companies like Syncrude and Cenovus, as an employee of Independent Electric Controls and subsequently AutoPro Automation.

While working in the field, she was able to attain her journeyman and red seal designation (2013) and got her C.E.T. designation in 2013. In 2019, Negar finally accomplished getting her P.Tech.(Eng.) with ASET, and she has been working as an automation and control valve expert for SAMSON Controls Inc., and now CGIS, serving many clients across Canada and internationally.

 Negar has been a TAC auditor since 2015, a subject matter expert and file reviewer since 2014 and a member of the board and steering committee from 2015–2019. She received the ASET President’s Award for Volunteer of the Year in 2019.

Her experience with different clients around Alberta and witnessing the industry challenges firsthand can help to support the role of second vice-president with ASET. As a mother of two, she is vice‐chair of a daycare, and volunteers in activities to enhance family literacy with newly arrived families to Alberta.

“I am honoured to be nominated for the position of second vice-president because ASET has contributed significantly to my professional development and career,” Negar says. Her plan if elected is to help ASET be ready for a fast-approaching future.

Alberta has been rightly recognized for decades as a globally significant centre for oil and gas development. Most post‐secondary institutions in Alberta have educational programs tailored for the industry sector. But Negar has noticed the province is changing.

“The energy transition to renewables and hydrogen is afoot. I believe we need to do more to prepare our young technologists for this change. There has always been a gap between the knowledge of graduates from post‐secondary programs and expectations from the workplace,” she says.

“There are exciting and rewarding careers to be had in these new industry sectors. However, we need to change the mentality of our youth to see these sectors as being on a par to oil and gas because the reality is that there is not the employment level in the latter that there once was. I want to see retention of science and technology graduates,” she says.

“There are exciting and rewarding careers to be had in these new industry sectors. However, we need to change the mentality of our youth to see these sectors as being on a par with oil and gas, because the reality is that there is not the employment level in the latter that there once was. I want to see retention of science and technology graduates.”

If Negar is elected, she’ll help ASET to form a detailed plan which will:

  1. Provide guidance and mentorship for high school students, with workshops and resources about alternative career opportunities in science and technology.
  2. Collaborate with educational institutions to enhance diversity of science and technology programs.

 

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