The construction industry is a consumer of resources and raw materials and a contributor to solid waste, but Fleming Construction Engineering Technician graduate Tyler Fenton is hoping to improve the environmental impact of construction with sustainability.
‚ÄúSustainability is not the silver bullet, but it‚Äôs a powerful tool to drive change for the better,‚ÄĚ said Tyler. ‚ÄúThrough pursuing higher levels of sustainability, we can lower the waste produced by construction activities, make the buildings we build healthier for occupants, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the energy required to run these buildings and create more affordable living for people moving into urban areas.‚ÄĚ
As a Sustainable Buildings Solutions Coordinator, LEED Green Associate at EllisDon Corporation, Tyler is responsible for ensuring that projects achieve different levels of sustainability certification: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, Toronto Green Standard certification, or both. Tyler‚Äôs department services EllisDon projects across Canada, including hospitals, commercial towers, schools, train stations and institutional buildings.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs very exciting to be a part of such a wide variety of projects that serve many different functions in their communities, but that are all striving for excellence in design, construction and operation,‚ÄĚ said Tyler.
Fleming education and network leads Tyler to success
Tyler worked on-campus at the Office of Sustainability while attending Fleming College and one of his responsibilities was to book guest speakers to talk to Trades students about sustainability in the construction industry.
One of his speaking events featured the Director and Program Manager from the Sustainable Building Solutions department at EllisDon and, through this experience, Tyler started growing a network at his dream place of employment.
When he graduated, Tyler emailed the CEO of EllisDon seeking a job opportunity (scroll to ‚ÄúProud Fleming College graduate‚ÄĚ for how they met). Unfortunately, it didn‚Äôt work out as Tyler had hoped‚Ä¶
‚ÄúBecause I did not have industry experience, they couldn‚Äôt justify hiring me at the time,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThey told me to go get some experience and re-apply in the future.‚ÄĚ
So, he did.
Tyler worked as a Construction Coordinator at Dufferin Construction for one year to get the experience he needed. And when he re-applied to EllisDon, he got the dream job this time.
Confidence in the KUBE is why Tyler chose Fleming
Tyler didn‚Äôt always dream of working in construction. With a resume ranging from wildland firefighter to tree planter, bartender to labourer, and even a gig in the jewelry industry, Tyler took his time finding the right career fit.
When he decided on construction and engineering, Tyler chose Fleming because the program introduces students to various trades to give them an understanding of the different disciplines they‚Äôll encounter on job sites.
‚ÄúI was very impressed with the D-Wing in particular,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIn no other educational facility I‚Äôd visited had I seen anything like the KUBE. This made me confident that I would be in a good learning environment.‚ÄĚ
Adding, ‚ÄúI would absolutely recommend that prospective students go and visit the campus, go to the Open House, because it will give you a perspective on where you‚Äôll be learning and if it‚Äôs what you‚Äôre looking for.‚ÄĚ
Proud Fleming College graduate
‚ÄúI‚Äôm very happy with my Fleming experience and I‚Äôm proud to tell people that‚Äôs where I went to college,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúOverall, you‚Äôve got a beautiful, newly renovated, top-of-the-line building to learn in, instructors who are passionate and have real world experience, and as many opportunities to learn or get involved as you can handle.‚ÄĚ
Now that Tyler has graduated from Fleming, his advice to students is to get involved.
‚ÄúThe more you get involved, the more opportunity you‚Äôre going to have when you graduate,‚ÄĚ said the Class of 2018 graduate.
While at Fleming, Tyler volunteered with Enactus Fleming, worked at the Office of Sustainability, and collaborated with his program coordinator to research and test permeable pavement.
The permeable pavement project led Tyler to representing Fleming College, the Office of Sustainability and FastStart at the 2017 OCE Discovery event, where he met EllisDon CEO Geoff Smith (who Tyler emailed for an interview when he graduated).
‚ÄúIn my experience, the connections I made through my student worker position in the Office of Sustainability opened the door to my dream job,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúAnd the skills and knowledge I gained from the program and from the instructors I got to know allowed me to land the job. It wouldn‚Äôt have happened that way if I hadn‚Äôt gotten involved in the things that I did.‚ÄĚ