Two generations of pipeliners share knowledge
Posted on April 06, 2016 – 7:02 am
Peter Tanchak began his career as a pipeline engineer at a time when the industry was rumbling to life in a way never before seen in Canada. The excitement surrounding the industry attracted many professionals from a wide range of educational backgrounds – some of whom had little to no pipeline experience.
And so, to engage the younger generation and to help facilitate the passing of technical and engineering knowledge from mature to young pipeliners, Peter became a founding member of the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC). Last year, the organization partnered with the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA Foundation) to set up a mentoring program.
“There are now a substantial number of young people in the industry but there’s also a large number of people nearing retirement,” says Peter, an infrastructure and planning engineer at Enbridge. “We needed to capture the experiences and knowledge of pipeliners over the last 35 years before all of the older generation retires. We connected for this program so that CEPA Foundation could provide most of the mentors and YPAC could provide most of the mentees.”