Written by Karen E. Mosier
Nate McKenzie has a Diploma in Electric Systems Engineering Technology from Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly known as SIAST). He has worked on campus for 13 years.
Nate leads the team that handles audio visual classroom support campus wide – to every building on campus except for Innovation Place. This involves coordinating phone calls, remote trouble shooting, and dispatching technicians to provide aid on site. AV Support is a critical function of Information Technology Services. When a class is in session and technical problems occur, assistance must be provided in a time critical manner. Their overall goal is to provide AV support within a 2 – 10 minute time frame.
What Nate likes best about working on campus is the campus culture. He feels that the university is a wonderful place to work. The campus is beautiful and well maintained. People are very friendly and team oriented. What Nate likes best about his job is that he is free to be creative and that he has the appropriate amount of responsibility that provides a suitable breadth and depth of challenges. He is motivated by an innate desire to help other people by providing the best service possible to his clients, to make things as easy as he can for them. His educational background provided the necessary exposure to technological components and troubleshooting procedures that translates well into what he is doing in his current position.
After being a CUPE 1975 member for many years, Nate recently became an ASPA member. He is grateful for his engagement with the ASPA office and for the orientation session that was provided to him when he started his current position. He also values the open invitation that was given to him at that time to stop by or call the ASPA office anytime to ask questions. Nate really enjoys the ASPA pizza lunches which, in the context of his professional career, he describes as rather distinctive – a Union-sponsored social activity to show appreciation for all of its hard working members. As a new ASPA member, and for the first time in his career, Nate is very excited about having APDA funds for professional development.
Nate urges all ASPA members to embrace their Association and encourages each member to have open dialogue with ASPA staff to find out about all the benefits that ASPA membership has to offer.