Kathy E. Sendall

"I knew very little about engineering but had always enjoyed and excelled at math and physics, so a number of my friends who were in engineering urged me to consider it. I did consider it, enrolled in mechanical engineering and have never looked back or regretted my choice."

INTERVIEW DATE December 4, 2005
HER JOB Mechanical Engineer, Petro-Canada
Engineering Careers
Mechanical |

Engineering was not my first choice of career - because I had been very ill and was hospitalized during most of my high school years, I had originally planned on entering medicine. However, after the second year of university, I decided medicine was not for me and started to look at alternatives. I knew very little about engineering but had always enjoyed and excelled at math and physics, so a number of my friends who were in engineering urged me to consider it. I did consider it, enrolled in mechanical engineering and have never looked back or regretted my choice.

Kathy E. Sendall, Petro-Canada

ADDEDSunday, December 4, 2005

  • Q
    Describe what you do in your current work situation?
    A
    I work for Petro-Canada, a large Canadian integrated oil and gas company, which explores for and produces oil and gas and also refines oil into gasoline and diesel for sale. I am the Vice-President of Western Canada Development and Operations in the sector of the company that does the exploration and production component. I have overall business and operational responsibility for this part of our business which generates over $1 billion in revenue and has capital expenditures on wells and facilities of about $400 million per year.
  • Q
    Why did you choose engineering?
    A
    Engineering was not my first choice of career - because I had been very ill and was hospitalized during most of my high school years, I had originally planned on entering medicine. However, after the second year of university, I decided medicine was not for me and started to look at alternatives. I knew very little about engineering but had always enjoyed and excelled at math and physics, so a number of my friends who were in engineering urged me to consider it. I did consider it, enrolled in mechanical engineering and have never looked back or regretted my choice.
  • Q
    Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    A
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario
  • Q
    What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    A
    Ultimately I would like to put all the cumulative learning I have had in my career and become the President and Chief Executive Officer of a company or start my own company. I think that this would be the ultimate challenge.
  • Q
    Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    A
    I knew very little about engineering but had always enjoyed and excelled at math and physics, so a number of my friends who were in engineering urged me to consider it. I did consider it, enrolled in mechanical engineering and have never looked back or regretted my choice.