It’s #EngineeringWeek and we at ATS are celebrating the knowledgeable, hard-working, and world-class engineers who make our company thrive. We sat down with three of our most passionate professionals to learn their stories.
First up is Hang Tran, Innovation Technical Product Manager, who has been with ATS for 16 years. Hang knew that engineering was her calling as early as high school—but an iron ring had a little something to do with it.
To hear her story, click on the ‘play’ button.
IF YOU’RE AN ENGINEER,
YOU GET AN IRON RING!
“Hi, my name is Hang Tran. I am currently in innovation technical product manager at ATS Automation. I’ve been at ATS for 16 years, eight years in engineering and then eight years in project management. I decided to become an engineer in high school. My mom being you know, typically Asian mother of course wanted me to be a doctor, but I couldn’t stand blood and guts, so I decided it wasn’t for me.
Around grade 11 we did a career assessment, and I had computer engineering or computer science be one of my top ratings. I didn’t know what the difference between computer science and computer engineering was. So, I asked my sister and she said, well, she didn’t really know either. But if you’re an engineer, you get an iron ring.
I was like, SWEET! I get an iron ring if I’m an engineer, and I don’t get one as a computer scientist, I’m sold! I’m going to become an engineer.
Although it wasn’t very well researched, it turned out to be the best field for me. Computer science you do mostly just computer systems. Computer engineering, you learn how to interact computers with mechanical and electrical systems.
So, through university I learned that I enjoyed using computers in automation system is a lot more rewarding than just a pure computer system.
SYMPHONI IS SO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER
PLATORM CURRENTLY IN THE MARKET.
I ended up finishing my bachelors at University of Guelph in Systems and Computer Engineering and went on to do a Master’s at University of Waterloo in Automation Control under Mechanical Engineering and have been working at ATS ever since.
I have been working with Symphoni now for several months and what I enjoy the most about working with Symphoni is that it’s such a transformative product, so different from any platform currently in the automation market. I really enjoy working with the team that has innovated it to date and I’m excited about developing it and making it even better in the future.”
Hang is Professional Engineer and graduate of Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Guelph, and Master of Applied Science from University of Waterloo. She began her career with ATS in 2005 in Controls Engineer but has held progressive roles in Systems Engineering, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and is currently Innovation Technical Product Manager for Symphoni.
Hang is an active member of the ATS Professional Women’s Network and strongly believes that communication and diversity in the workplace is the key to building stronger and more successful teams.
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