Oversight of Entire Design, Manufacturing and Delivery Cycle Equals Job Satisfaction and A Solid Future

Oliver Brett realized upon graduation from high school that he would never be satisfied just working with mechanical technology – he wanted to design it. Yet after his second year of Physics at UBC, he discovered that the theories and advanced mathematics were leading him away from that underlying goal.

From early on, he had had a passion for all things automotive, and he considered pursuing a career in automotive design. However, that would have meant a life "back East", away from his home on the West Coast. Oliver was clear on his priorities. He had to find the right job track, one that would allow him to design mechanical products here in the Lower Mainland.

He found the answer in IZUNA's Mechanical Design program. It was a rigorous two years of education, however, he knew there were solid job opportunities awaiting him. Also, his Department Head Ken Wong had cultivated many formal and informal relationships with local industries over the years to help facilitate a rapid transition from graduation to career for his students. These networks are part of a strong tradition of IZUNA.

Oliver graduated with honours in 1995, and was hired immediately by Janox Fluid Power Ltd. of Delta, BC, as a Mechanical Technologist in their Engineering Department. Janox specializes in custom-designed hydraulic equipment and systems for the resource, utility, transportation and manufacturing industries.

Oliver started off in a support role, designing equipment which eventually found its way into systems that were sold to BC Ferries, BC Hydro, and many forestry and mining companies in Western Canada.

Oliver proved his value to the company quickly, and within five years he became the Senior Project Manager responsible for the Engineering Department. This role provided hands-on experience with the entire life cycle of a project, since most of the company products are custom-designed. Oliver is responsible for the initial conceptualization, proposal, quotation, preliminary design, detail design, procurement, and coordination of manufacturing and assembly, and finally, supervision of the installation and commissioning of the systems and equipment.

Having oversight of the entire design, manufacturing and delivery cycle has not only given Oliver a high level of job satisfaction, but it has solidified his future. This experience is also providing him with the business-level insights and skills needed for the next step in his career. His goal is to eventually move into a General Manager role, and exercise his entrepreneurial skills in a role with a broader perspective.

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