Meet Chris Crevier, a recent NAIT Alternative Energy Technology (ALTE) graduate. We talked to him about his experiences in the program and suggestions that he has for those who are thinking of making a change to their career, and a “change for climate”. Chris was featured in Techlife Today, where he reveals his unique journey through hardship and his developing passion for sustainability. We talked to Chris a few weeks after graduation while he “come[s] back into reality” and recovers from a long year of schooling.
Chris finished the ALTE program with a capstone project where he and his group assessed the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement and made recommendations on how to reduce utility usage, increase energy efficiency and where to allocate a $1.9 million Alberta Indigenous Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program (AIEERP) grant.
Projects like this give students their first taste of what work in the industry looks like and a chance to meet those who are building this new industry from the ground up. Through his project, Chris discovered some of the many career directions that are possible in this industry, including labour and installation, estimation and assessment, energy modeling, and project development.
Chris and many of his fellow graduates are now on the hunt for meaningful employment. As the renewable energy industry is still so young, he is finding that you need to network, “get your name out there” and approach companies with the skills that you can offer them.
The renewable energy sector is a great option for those looking to develop a meaningful career that has a positive environmental impact. Chris suggests attending open houses at different institutions. This will give you the chance to ask questions about the program of interest and determine the direction that it will take you.