Brad Harsell is an Applied Science Technologist, with a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from Durham College and a Masters in Learning and Curriculum from Simon Fraser University.
He discovered industrial controls while studying computer technology and was fascinated by the variety and scope that the world of automation offered.
Brad worked in the automotive industry in a variety of roles including industrial controls, data communications and networking, high voltage systems, project management and water treatment systems. It was through his work in the automotive industry that got him interested in teaching.
“I always enjoyed the interactions with people – showing them how to use new equipment or technology was the most fun part of the job,” he said.
Brad says it was the broad scope of NIC’s program that drew him to join the College as the instructor of the Industrial Automation diploma.
“The program really encompasses what you can do in the industry,” he said. “It allows students to explore and find that speciality that really speaks to them in terms of where they want to go and what they want to focus on.”
Along with working with students, Harsell is focused on fostering connections between the local community, local industry and the college.
“Industrial automation work spans almost every industry you can think of, but it’s also a small world,” said Brad. “There’s only a small pool of people who can do what we do, and as more things are automated the demand for these skills is only going to increase.”