Timothy Magus – WCW Member Profile

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Timothy MagusName: Timothy (Tim) Magus
Position: Senior Project Engineer, Principal
Organization: Bullée Consulting Ltd. (BCL)/ Saskatoon
Born and Raised: I was born in 1973 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  My family moved to the small Town of Aberdeen, near Saskatoon, in 1978.  I finished High School in Aberdeen and moved back to Saskatoon to attend the U of S.  I’ve never left.

Education/Training

Completed a B.A.Sc. Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 1997.  My first position after graduating was with Bullée Consulting for a 6 month term, which has turned into 16 years and counting.  I have attended numerous technical courses over that time primarily related to water treatment, and storm water management.

History in the industry and as a WCW member

My first experience with Engineering was a summer position surveying for Torchinsky Engineering in Saskatoon in 1991.  Over the next few years I had great summer experiences with Sask. Highways, and the City of Saskatoon Engineering Department where I was exposed to numerous civil works and maintenance programs.  It was this experience that translated into a first Engineering position with BCL.  BCL was a very small firm in those days, so I was immediately involved in a wide range of projects, and had a variety of rolls from site work, to design and client relations as a young professional.

My involvement with WCW started with attending the annual conference, several technical seminars, and YP events until I was asked to be a part of the conference organizing committee in 2005.  Our committee had such a great time working together that most of us returned to work on the 2011 conference.  My role for both conferences was facilities coordinator.  Basically I would arrange the venue, food, and beverage details for all of the functions that occur during the annual conference.

Typical day

As a municipal consulting engineer I don’t have a “typical” day on the job.  Most of my time is spent on various project design teams, in design review, or on project management tasks.  A good portion of my day is spent managing a portion of our staff, and dealing with the day-to-day operations of a business.  Business development, client relations, and proposal writing is the other major part of my role.

Job Satisfaction

The people I work with make my job very enjoyable.  Much of my work is collaborative, which can lead to a high level of satisfaction when you share a feeling of accomplishment.

Main challenges

As part of the management team at BCL my main challenge is to find talented staff and continuously find work to keep them busy.  Individually, my main challenge is to manage my time efficiently.

Career Highlights

The highlights of my career are not singular successes, but a satisfaction in being part of the growth and success of BCL over the past 16 years.  I also feel a sense of accomplishment in how many communities we have helped grow, rebuild, or improve their quality of life with safer water systems.

Advice

I’m not sure I’m entitled to give advice on this topic but one thing I have learned is that you can be absorbed in project work and have a great job, but to have a great career you need to search out and build a network of associations within the Engineering and business world.  The easiest way to do that is by engaging with WCW and like organizations that are formed of individuals with common interests.

Time away from work

My free time is spent with my wife and our two young boys at some form of play.  Our boys are just getting into organized sports so I’m trying to coach or help out as much as possible.  When we aren’t at some sort of tournament or game we enjoy spending time outdoors at Candle Lake.  In a previous life, I enjoyed golfing and traveling with my wife.

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