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Posted by  James Foster
Posting date:5/11/2021 4:44 PM
As part of our #PeopleDriveResults campaign, this week we have caught up with Gary Hu, Senior Mechanical Engineer for the Mining & Metallurgy group, based in Toronto, Canada.

Tell us a little bit about your professional background

Well, it goes back several decades. After graduating with a degree in mining engineering, I continued to study for my master’s degree. I love focusing on unique topics and my masters focused on dust collection research – something unique but relevant to my career. After graduating, I joined a cement engineering company that designed and supplied equipment for turn-key projects. It was an exciting opportunity because it enriched my experience in designing various pieces of equipment, which set a solid foundation for my career as a mechanical design engineer. Since immigrating to Canada, I’ve settled in at SNC-Lavalin where I have been for over a decade. It’s the longest I’ve stayed with any company! I enjoy SNC-Lavalin because it fits my professional background and experience perfectly. It also gives me the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects across the Americas. 

What inspired you to become a mechanical engineer?

I’m a very detail orientated person that finds unconventional things interesting. With a master’s degree focused on dust collection with electrostatically enhanced filtration technology, I really wanted to continue a career in this field. I joined a company intrigued by my research that wanted me to develop dust collectors. From then on, my career grew and developed into a becoming a well-rounded mechanical engineer. 

What has been your favorite project to date?

By far the Salalah superheater replacement project, which required detailed engineering, but after reviewing the preliminary design from another firm I suggested some modifications to incorporate a modular design concept to minimize modifications to the existing facility, shorten the installation time and save on construction cost.

 The project gave me the opportunity to experience all facets of engineering from concept to detail design, and the review of vendors shop drawings. I also did 3D modeling, provided field installation support to my colleagues and resolved challenging issues such as large air duct lifting and refractory installation in the field. The project was a great learning opportunity, but it was also executed smoothly and successfully.

 What is your motto in life?

“No Pain, No Gain”. Despite being a cliché, it’s something I truly believe. We all need to make sacrifices before we reap the rewards. I really do believe and have experienced that hard work in life will be rewarded. It is important we remain focused, committed and be prepared to make some sacrifices to achieve what we want in life.

 Tell us about your favorite hobby

Outside of work I’m passionate about fishing and it’s how I spend most of my weekends. It’s a good mix of both physical and mental exercise building patience and perseverance. I see it as a great opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy the outdoors. My favorite trip was a silver bass fishing trip to Windsor; I was excited to see a new environment and hoped to fill the cooler with fish. I turned it into an overnight trip and was able to see some gorgeous scenery. Unfortunately, I only came back with one fish – not as good as expected, but it was a fun and rewarding experience.

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