Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Degree: Chemical Engineering Technology
Year of graduation: 2006
Six years after graduating from Sheridan’s Chemical Engineering Technology program, Liliana Cordoba was looking for a change. Then a Quality Control Supervisor at wax and asphalt manufacturer, Norjohn Limited, she was well on her way to following a path to management that would have been secure and familiar but not what she was seeking.
“I wanted to explore beyond the production aspect of the business and learn who our customers were and how our products were being used,” says Liliana, now a Technical Sales Representative for Norjohn in Burlington. “I still have a lot to learn but it was the change I was looking for,” adds Liliana, who enjoys building relationships with people at all levels. “Plus, I have an opportunity to engage my technical background when it comes to diagnosing and resolving issues on site.”
Her lab experience and a willingness to take the plunge into the unknown are key factors in her successful transition, says Liliana. “I was fearful to change direction, but I started listening to myself instead of following the path that other people said I should follow.”
It was Liliana’s lifelong interest in technology that led her to Sheridan, which offered engineering technology programs that taught the job-ready skills she needed. In fact, Liliana landed a job right after graduation with GE Water and Process Technologies in Oakville.
A resident of Mississauga for 15 years, Liliana left her native Colombia when she was seven, living in Louisiana for three years before settling in Ontario.
She’s not certain where home base will be in the years ahead, but Liliana is determined to keep her mind open to new opportunities, something she advises new graduates to do. “Position yourself for change because life may lead you down an unexpected path. Whether it’s a good or not-so-good path, trust that you are where you are meant to be and remember that nothing in life is permanent.”
Learn more about Sheridan’s Chemical Engineering Technology program.