Sask Polytech alumnus awarded honourable mention in national technology competition
Computer Engineering Technology alumnus, Joshua Wiebe received an honourable mention in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board’s Applied Research/Technology Report Contest.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic alumnus, Joshua Wiebe received an honourable mention for his project “Netscan” in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board’s (CTAB) Applied Research/Technology Report Contest. The contest is open to all students in the final year of a CTAB and Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) accredited Applied Science or Engineering Technology program.
Wiebe completed the Sask Polytech Computer Engineering Technology program in April 2019. His applied research submission was a capstone project required by the program during the final semester. Students were required to build a fully functional device from conception to implementation.
Wiebe’s project “Netscan” is an IT infrastructure monitoring tool. The device plugs into a company’s network, scans and collects information on devices within the network and displays real-time information on a webpage. He also designed an uninterruptable power supply for the device. All electronics and software for the project were designed and implemented by Wiebe.
Shaun Nanan, program head, Computer Engineering Technology, encouraged Wiebe to submit his project for the contest as it exemplified excellent work and addressed a market demand. Wiebe was shocked when Nanan called to inform him that he won, “I had almost forgot that I entered the competition. I was ecstatic to win.”
The CTAB contest was an opportunity to showcase Wiebe’s work and highlight the Sask Polytech advantage. “It’s important that the exceptional work our students perform be recognized,” Nanan says. He also emphasizes that, “Recognizing the students’ accomplishments will help open doors for their future careers.”
Wiebe chose the Sask Polytech Computer Engineering Technology program for the hands-on, personal learning experience. The program prepares students for the workforce through hands-on learning and three co-operative work terms. “The co-op terms have given me direct and applicable work experience to get hired directly out of school. Without them, I wouldn’t know what I enjoy doing in the workforce,” Wiebe says. He worked two terms at Vecima Networks as a student network technician and another at the RCMP Depot Division as a student technologist. Since completing his program in April, Wiebe has been working as a computer technologist at CAE (formerly Canadian Aviation Electronics) in Moose Jaw.
As he continues to build his career in networking and programming, Wiebe hopes that the recognition from CTAB will show future employers his work ethic and skills. Wiebe made the most of his experience at Sask Polytech and encourages others to do so, “Work hard, apply yourself and have fun. The effort you put in now can set you up for the rest of your career.”
Shaun Nanan, program head of Computer Engineering Technology; Joshua Wiebe; and Craig Skihar, instructor, Computer Engineering Technology.