A crucial element to the MPID program is the field rotation, a rotation that exposes you to the bare bones of BC Hydro, which is of course the generation of electricity. Although we have an array of functional areas at Hydro, generation is the core of what we do. For this reason, it is important to learn as much as possible in the MPID “field rotation”.
My field rotation at Burrard Generating Station was one-of-a-kind. I spent these precious months familiarizing myself with operational processes at the Plant while trying to learn how a Thermal Plant actually operates. My project portfolio included developing several tools to help the Plant better prepare for major outages (where the Plant will shut certain equipment down in order to perform work). This project was aimed at improving workplace safety and reducing risk.
Other projects included managing a Contractor relationship, writing a Facility Asset Plan (a document outlining the 3-5 year investment strategy for the Plant) and developing/facilitating a “lessons learned” exercise with the crews. This rotation was unlike any job I’ve ever worked. I walked away with a greater sense of Plant Operations and learned from some amazing people, including my office neighbor, Frank, who had been working at the Plant 25+ years. Now that’s what I call acquired knowledge!
We look forward to bringing you Lindsay’s story and the stories of several other current students and graduates as we help to connect SFU MBA grads and follow them in their careers.