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Participant Info

Company
Ontario Power Generation
Location
Kipling, Toronto
Position
Environmental Engineering Intern
Work Term
May 2014 - July 2015
What are your daily responsibilities?
I don't have routine tasks but I provide support regarding environmental compliances (air & noise) for all 5 thermal stations, the 60+ hydro stations and sometimes for the 3 nuclear sites.
What were some projects you were involved in?
My main work is to apply for Environmental Compliance Approvals for the engineering work done at the stations. I do mostly Air & Noise applications but I was involved with other types, such as Industrial Sewage, as well. I also have to review current/new environmental regulations to ensure our stations are in compliance and/or come up with a strategy moving forward.
What were strong points of your interview? Did grades matter?
The interview was only behavioural so just make sure you are confident and coherent. After I started working, I was also told by the person who interviewed me that they care a lot about safety awareness so try to demonstrate that in your answers.
Which skill sets/courses were most relevant to your position?
It depends on the questions you come across throughout the job. I had to resolve problems related to chemical properties, heating values and some heat exchanger calculations. The Air & Noise application involves dispersion modelling and emission calculations. This is probably as technical as it gets.
What did your company expect from you as a 2nd/3rd year co-op student?
That I can work independently. My mentor is willing to teach me everything but you can probably figure out everything before they find the time to teach you.
Did you like your overall PEY experience? Why or why not?
It depends on your preference. It's a very slow paced work environment and the job is not highly technical. However, you can be proactive and get involved in some interesting projects and learn a lot because you are supporting the entire fleet of OPG stations which have includes multiple hydro, thermal, nuclear, and biomass stations.
One fun fact about your job?
I get to travel to Niagara and Nanticoke =D
Salary Range
$28/hr
Other Comments
Although I was hired under the Nuclear Engineering posting, I support mostly the hydro and thermal stations. However, you don't know what position you'll get until your offer letter anyway.