B.Tech. students wins AREMA Scholarship
April 28, 2014
Zuriel, a current B.Tech. Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology student, recently received the ‘William H. Becker Honorary scholarship’ from AREMA (American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association) valued at $1,000.
This award is distributed to an enrolled student pursuing studies in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, or Construction Management at an accredited institution, who has demonstrated an interest in a railroad industry career through participation in an AREMA student chapter, or through co-op, internship, or summer employment experience.
Zuriel Garcia attended Seneca College before coming to McMaster to pursue his Bachelor of Technology Degree. His primary focus of study was in the area of building engineering. Zuriel comments on his co-op experience, stating, “The most memorable part of the experience was, being hired as a Material Tester, I was able to work on many different sites in the GTA. At that time, there were a lot of construction and infrastructure improvements taking place, and I was able to be a part of it all. To this day, I drive by sites I worked on and feel a sense of pride in the completed work”.
In 2007, Zuriel was working for AECOM in Red Deer, with a focus on residential developments but, because of the recession in 2008, the market slowed down and, in turn, the work load decreased. This was not the case for the rail industry, and Zuriel took advantage of this by assisting AECOM’s Rail Team. He grew with this part of the company rapidly, causing him to be involved in the design process within a year and being able to personally visit the sites.
The Bachelor of Technology program continues to open doors for its students and graduates. Students like Zuriel are taking advantage of their degree and diploma and putting them to great use in the industry in an area that they are truly passionate about! On behalf of the B.Tech. program, I would like to congratulate Zuriel Garcia on this outstanding achievement!
For more information about the AREMA foundation, or to view the other scholarship winners, please click here!
Jacquie Crossley, Recruiting and Promotion Coordinator, McMaster-Mohawk Bachelor of Technology Program