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Jason Wright

Jason Wight

Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Year of Graduation: 2003
Program: Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technology - Design and Drafting

Pathway to Success

It’s no secret that learning doesn’t stop after graduation. Much of this learning will occur on the job, and some will be gained by returning to the classroom for more formal education to move ahead or change career direction.

Jason Wight knows the value of expanding his knowledge base through both channels: work experience and extra education. When his employer, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), offered him the chance to move into an engineering position, Jason knew he needed to enhance his Sheridan credential to open this new career path. After three years with OPG, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Technology degree from McMaster University, followed by a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Currently, Jason is working towards attaining his license to practise engineering in the Province of Ontario.

Now a Senior Technical Engineering Officer in the Nuclear Waste Design Engineering Department at OPG, Jason completed his Sheridan co-op placement at the energy corporation and was hired as a draftsperson at Pickering Nuclear following graduation.

Jason credits Sheridan Instructor, Dragan Jovanov, whom he calls “passionate about teaching and engineering,” with planting the seeds to wade back into academics. “His words struck a chord with me,” explains Jason. “Dragan’s advice to strive for more and always do my best played a role in my decision to further my education,” explains Jason.

It wasn’t an easy road, but he found the support he needed, both at Sheridan and at university. “My advice would be to start immediately after your Sheridan graduation as there will be some adjustment to the pace of teaching and depth of the material. Also, given the more anonymous learning environment of university, you aren’t likely to get help unless you ask for it.”
Clearly, Jason found the benefits to be worth the effort. “Learning is truly a continuous and demanding process. In particular, learning how to learn requires hard work and sacrifice to master, but is a life tool that will help make challenging goals attainable.”

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