Gary Harvatt – WCW Member Profile

Working-in-Water-logoWCW Member Profile – Gary Harvatt

Cary HarvattName: Gary Harvatt
Position: Water Plant Operator / Sludge Dewatering Facility Operator
Organization: City of Brandon Water Treatment Plant
Born and Raised: Born in Rivers, Manitoba and raised near Virden and Oak Lake

Education/Training

I’m a graduate of Virden Collegiate and have my Class 4 Power Engineer – Certified Water Treatment Plant Operator

History in the industry and as a WCW member

I started at the City of Brandon Water Distribution Department as a Boiler Operator, then I moved to the Water Treatment Plant and finally over to the Sludge Dewatering facility. I have volunteered at a number of MWWA Conferences for IT, etc. and have helped with fundraising for Water For People.

Typical day

I start and run Brandon’s Sludge Dewatering facility, monitor the process, and continually find ways to optimize and improve the process.

Job Satisfaction

I like the freedom to make decisions and operational improvements. I also like the fact that I never stop learning. The hours of work are nice, too. I also enjoy embracing technology.

Main challenges

I guess the biggest challenge is transferring my knowledge to the next generation.

Career Highlights

Being at the commissioning stages of the City’s Sludge Dewatering facility, and recommending and implementing improvements has definitely been a career highlight.

Advice

No matter what environment you work in, always strive to make improvements. Don’t be afraid to help your co-workers.

Time away from work

I love watching the Wheat Kings hockey team – ‘Go Wheaties!’ I also spend a lot of time visiting my granddaughters. I also help out on Casino Nights and, when I can, do a little woodworking.

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