March 29, 2022
National Engineering Month is Canada’s largest celebration of engineering excellence. This year’s theme, “There’s A Place for You in Engineering,” celebrates the diversity of thought, opportunities, and people that make up the engineering profession. It is the perfect opportunity to introduce some of the engineers across Seaspan’s Vancouver and Victoria Shipyards, and highlight the role they play in fostering a strong, diverse, and inclusive engineering culture.
Jyoti Rani, Jr. Liaison Engineer
What is your job at Seaspan?
- I’m a Jr. Liaison Engineer at Vancouver Shipyards.
What is the primary focus of your role?
- I develop solutions to help improve manufacturing production processes. My role is very fast paced and requires coming up with solutions quickly. I specialize in electrical, which is critical to the functionality of the overall systems.
Tell us about your educational experiences.
- I studied electronic instrumentation during my undergrad with a minor in control systems and robotics. I also have a master’s in engineering and control systems from SFU.
What is your favourite part of being an engineer?
- Engineering involves a lot of problem solving, and I like that each challenge is unique. I also get to talk to a variety of people throughout the day, which I really enjoy.
Niyousha Esmaeili, P.Eng. Sr. Manufacturing Engineer
What are your primary job responsibilities?
- As a senior manufacturing engineer at Vancouver Shipyards, my main responsibility is to make sure mechanics have everything they need to be productive. I focus on ways to improve processes by increasing quality and reducing waste.
Where did you go to school?
- I pursued an undergraduate degree in material engineering and went on to study my master’s in mechanical engineering at the University of Manitoba. My main interest during my studies was manufacturing processes, particularly welding.
How does engineering enable you to solve problems?
- The projects I work on involve data collection and data analysis that help us find new ways to continuously make processes more efficient. Engineering enables me to simplify the complex and use a methodical approach for problem solving.
Sebastian Cline, Manufacturing Engineer
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
- Being able to help people solve challenges has always drawn me to engineering. The ability to approach a broad problem and systematically work together toward a solution is always rewarding.
What is your job title? Educational background?
- I’m a manufacturing engineer at Vancouver Shipyards. I studied integrated engineering at UBC with a focus on electrical and material engineering.
What is your role’s primary focus?
- I mainly focus on improving manufacturing processes through digitalization and systems optimization. My job is to help to improve process quality and efficiency.
Ryan Tuira, Technical Superintendent
What is your educational background?
- I have a degree in mechanical engineering from UBC and a master’s in maritime management from Memorial University.
What is your job at Seaspan?
- As a Technical Superintendent at Victoria Shipyards, my primary focus is the design, repair and conversion of vessels. This role allows me to work on projects all the way from the initial inception to the final delivery to the client.
What do you enjoy about your role?
- I like the variety of projects that I get to work on. One day I might be working on a commercial cargo vessel and the next I might be doing engineering work to support testing and commissioning of a submarine. The best part is working with a group of people on a long-term project and seeing it to the end, together.