Curran Speager: Inspiring Future Power Engineers
Wednesday, May 10th, 2023
NWP Instructor Curran Speager
Curran Speager has a passion for power engineering. As an instructor at Northwestern Polytechnic, he is dedicated to teaching the next generation of power engineers and preparing them for the rapidly evolving industrial world.
Speager's power engineering journey was not a straight path. A local to the area, Speager started his degree at NWP before transferring to Dalhousie University. After completing a degree in computer science, he found himself working in various industries, including warehousing and power plants. It wasn't until he stumbled upon a job that required knowledge of power engineering that he discovered his true calling.
"It was just serendipitous," Speager said during a recent interview. "I got a job that required power engineering for me to progress, and it just kind of felt like there were 20 different paths that you could walk down as a power engineer."
Speager quickly fell in love with the field, which he describes as a "jack of all trades" opportunity. He went on to complete his power engineering certification through SAIT.
As a power engineer, he was able to work with his hands and physically maintain and repair equipment, while also engaging in administrative and project management work.
After working in the industry for several years, Speager decided to pursue a career in education. He joined Northwestern Polytechnic as a power engineering instructor and has been working to support the program ever since.
Through his work at Northwestern Polytechnic, Speager hopes to inspire and mentor the next generation of power engineers. He is passionate about providing students with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in the industry.
"What we want students to know about the program is that there's huge local demand," Speager said. "It's not only a great starting off point, because it does expose you to all of it, but also a career that has basically no limits on how far you can go."
Speager's dedication to his students and his field is evident in his approach to teaching. He works closely with other instructors and industry professionals to ensure that the program is delivering the best possible education outcomes.
He is also passionate about raising awareness about the field and providing mentorship to those who are interested in pursuing a career in the industry.
“I really love power engineering," Speager said. "And I would really love to help open that door for other people who aren’t familiar with the field. It’s a very interesting area and there’s a lot of people who enjoy this type of work but have never heard of power engineering.”
Curran Speager is a dedicated instructor who is making a difference in the lives of his students and in the industry as a whole. His commitment to education and mentorship is truly inspiring and we are glad that his career path led him to NWP.
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