Minh Man Tran
To be honest, I did not know what my favorite career was when I was in high school. At that time, I only focused on studying science subjects which were Math, Physic and Chemistry. My grades of these subjects were amazing, so any kind of engineering job would be suitable for me. After graduating from high school, I passed University Architecture’s exam and Structural Engineer major was my first option. As I went along with this program, I realized I had a passion especially for reinforced concrete structure. While I was studying Reinforced Concrete Design course in third year, I finished some small simple projects, such as two-way concrete slab, reinforced concrete beam and column to get better understanding of how concrete works in structure. Before graduation, I got an internship job from local structural contractor. It was a 12- storey hotel with three basements, made of reinforced concrete. Being a superintendent assistant gave me good opportunities to apply my knowledge from school to the workplace. My duties were to do quantity takeoff, estimate equipment’s cost and ensure the structure is operational and safe. I successfully graduated with GPA of 80% based on the useful experience from this six-month job. In addition to that, during University, my team ranked second place in a Creative Design competition. We designed and built a truss bridge made of one-kilogram paper, which was able to hold 115 kg.
After graduation, I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba to keep pursuing my career by studying Civil Engineering Technology in Red River College. I would like to see how much different of construction building methods between Vietnam and Canada. Currently I am a third year Structural Engineering Technology student with cumulative GPA of 4.33. Outside school, playing soccer and researching innovative construction materials are my two favorite habits in my free time.