Bradley Leonard started his first student placement with PCL Industrial Management Inc. (PIMI) in 2011 after completing his first year of chemical engineering at the University of Alberta. Through PCL’s various student programs, postsecondary students are hired for several months to work at PCL offices or jobsites to help them gain practical experience while being mentored by professionals in their chosen field.
For Bradley, selecting PCL for his first student placement seemed like a natural fit as his father, Bruce, works in the metal trades at PCL’s fabrication shop in Nisku, Alberta.
Bradley Leonard and his father Bruce at the PCL
facility where Bruce works.
Bradley and his father are grateful for the
opportunities that PCL’s student programs have
“The Student Program was a beneficial starting point,” said Bradley. “I can credit a lot of my achievements, success, and growth to that opportunity.”
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Bradley’s first placement was at PCL’s module yard in Nisku, where he started putting the theory he had learnt at school into practice on various construction jobs. The experience was so worthwhile that Bradley didn’t hesitate to sign up for an additional placement at PCL after his second year of university classes. He continued to demonstrate a commitment to the excellence and innovation that PCL strives to maintain and was selected to coordinate the research and writing of a technical paper on 4-D modeling. As a result of his work on the paper, Bradley was one of the few undergraduate students asked to present at the 2013 International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISRAC).
Bradley returned to PCL for a third student placement in the spring of 2013. That placement took him to Fort McMurray, Alberta, where he gained unique jobsite experience at PCL’s Imperial Oil Kearl Expansion Project.
After three years of student work terms with PCL, Bradley was selected as one of the three winners of PCL’s first annual Peter Stalenhoef Student Scholarship. The scholarship, named after a board member and 25-year PCL employee, recognizes students working in the PCL Student Program who demonstrate leadership, teamwork, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to PCL’s vision and values. Winners receive $2,500 to put towards their education. In addition to the scholarship, Bradley was offered a position as a chemical engineer with PCL Industrial Management Inc. beginning in June 2014, after the completion of his final year at the University of Alberta.
“I’m looking forward to turning this experience into a long-lasting career with PCL,” said Bradley.
FROM A PROUD FATHER
As a PCL employee himself, Bruce is inspired by what his son has accomplished in his short time with the organization.
“Bradley has learned and developed a tremendous amount during his three placements,” said Bruce. “I know this experience will help him in his career.
PCL is focused on attracting, developing, and retaining the next generation of construction industry leaders.
“The PCL Student Program benefits students greatly by giving them the opportunity to utilize and develop the skills they learn in school, said Bruce. I am very proud of Bradley for participating in the program and of all his achievements at PCL. I know there will be many more to come.”