Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Degree: Electronic Engineering Technology - Telecommunications
Year of graduation: 2004
For Sunny Gaidhu, participating in Sheridan life outside his program was a rewarding experience on several levels. Most importantly, it’s how he met his wife. “She was my boss,” recalls Gaidhu, who worked as a STAR (Sheridan Student Admissions Representative) while at Sheridan. He and Nadia Khan (Early Childhood Education, 2005), have been married since 2007 and now have two children. “I advise students to get involved in working at Sheridan as you will never know where it will lead you!” says Gaidhu.
A 2004 graduate of Sheridan’s Electronic Engineering Technology-Telecommunications program, Gaidhu is an Applications Engineer at IRIS Power. He joined the company in 2009, the same year he graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Engineering. Gaidhu hadn’t originally intended to attend university. “Growing up in an Indian household, I was told by my parents to study what I wanted but to obtain a degree in the end. Mainly, I earned my degree to satisfy their requirement,” says Gaidhu, who went to high school in Mississauga. But, he credits the combination of practical and theoretical education he received through both credentials with landing him a good job in his field.
A big part of Gaidhu’s current position sees him travelling to power plants throughout Canada and the mid-western United States. “Application engineers are the first level of contact and consultation with the end users of our products.” With responsibilities that involve both technical knowledge as well as sales and management skills, the job was a bit overwhelming at first, says Gaidhu, so he feels fortunate to have had mentors within the company to help him adapt.
Knowing the value that more experienced professionals can offer, Gaidhu participated in a Sheridan mentoring event in 2014 for graduating science and technology students. In addition to sharing his time and advice with students, Gaidhu welcomed the opportunity to meet fellow engineering and technology alumni from Sheridan which proved to be an added benefit of the experience.
Learn more about Sheridan’s Electronic Engineering Technology-Technician program.