“I drew a lot growing up. It was always the one thing I was really good at.
When I was in junior high school, career counselling told me I wasn’t a good fit for university. Just based on the way I was at the time, they suggested I find a career that wouldn’t require academic work. So I didn’t consider the university stream in high school. When I graduated, I worked as a labourer, framed houses, and did concrete work. As I started doing that, I got really interested in how the design process worked.
I began my post-secondary education taking a course at SAIT called blueprint reading. I also began upgrading high school and gained entrance to Red Deer College to take an art and design diploma. Once I got in the door, I was very keen and graduated at the top of my class. So then I obtained a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design at the University of Alberta.
I eventually came back to SAIT as an instructor and have since finished my Master’s Degree in Environmental Design. So now I’ve come full circle doing what I really love ― teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and working on inspiring projects like the 100-year time capsule.
I tell my students, “Follow your passion and you’ll find a great career doing what you love.” That is what is most important.
Greg Ball, SAIT instructor, School of Manufacturing and Automation | 2016 Time Capsule Team