Emilee Kaupp, C.E.T.
Emilee Kaupp is a certified engineering technologist (C.E.T.) who received her diploma from Lethbridge College in 2014. She has worked for Associated Engineering for the past six years.
During this time, Emilee has taken on different responsibilities for several civil and municipal projects. These include project management, construction and design duties. Owing to her construction experience, as well as her formal education and planning work, Emilee has developed a keen knowledge for both theoretical and practical matters related to the field of engineering technology.
Operating out of the city of Lethbridge from the moment she graduated, Emilee has had a direct hand in projects like water main upgrading, the development of new subdivisions and reconstruction efforts in main hubs of the city.
Her specific duties on these projects ranged from preparing cost estimates, to chairing meetings, to working directly with engineers to ensure operations ran effectively. She’s also held a member position on the Civil Engineering Technology Advisory Committee at her Alma Mater the past three years, providing input on enhancements to student curriculum and guidance on which skills are most valuable when they enter the field.
“Involvement on ASET Council would give me a source of pride and provide an unmatched opportunity to make contributions to benefit the engineering technology membership,” Emilee says.
For Emilee, these contributions will take the form of increasing the number of certified engineering technologists. She plans to do this first by increasing engagement with high school students and showing them the career opportunities that open up to registered technologists.
Another strategy will be in working alongside colleges and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and potentially introducing Professional Practice Exam (PPE) preparation alongside diploma curriculum. She believes this step could increase student awareness of ASET. It would also ease the transition into the workforce if a direct bridge to membership is put in place.
Further, Emilee aims to expand the mentorship program so that it also includes assistance for Technologists in Training (T.T.) who are applying for certification. Finally, she wants to work alongside employers to make certification an employment requirement for hiring at more workplaces.
“With a significant majority of registered members,” Emilee says, “ASET can then assume an increase in respect by government and other professional bodies and be recognized and trusted by employers.”
Increasing public perception and knowledge of the association is important as well, so she aims to increase social media connections with a public awareness campaign.
“ASET could initiate a public relation campaign to increase exposure and public awareness of the value technologists provide.”
As a C.E.T. working out of Lethbridge, Emilee aims to better represent the interests and inputs of Southern Alberta, ensuring that as an organization ASET is meeting the needs of and better reflects all its membership.
She also holds that her position as a young female on the Council will strengthen ASET with a unique perspective. “With this outlook I would be able to assist with inclusion as it relates to both gender and generation,” she says.
Emilee’s ultimate goal is to show both the public and technologists not yet registered as C.E.T.s exactly why certification is such a valuable and important element of Alberta’s technology industry. More knowledge of ASET’s value will increase membership and influence, as the association continues to work toward self-regulation.
In her spare time, Emilee enjoys golfing and refurbishing furniture for her new home.