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Christina Vickery, BEng '06

Civil Engineering | Building Bridges and Then Some

Christina Vickery’s resume boasts some of the province’s most impressive and high-profile construction projects.

As a project manager for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, she’s currently helping to ready the ground for a new international bridge between the two cities by overseeing a variety of enabling works projects, like an access road and utility relocations.

The McMaster grad (B.Eng. ’06, Civil) started her career in the private sector with Dufferin Construction. She worked on the Niagara Tunnel Project, which saw a tunnel boring machine dig a new 10,400-metre tunnel to help harness the hydroelectric power of the Niagara River. She also took part in the widening of the QEW through St. Catharines, focusing on the construction and rehabilitation of a number of bridges.

And prior to moving into her current role, she spent three years working for Infrastructure Ontario on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway project in Windsor.

“I was born and raised in southwestern Ontario so it is very special to me to be a part of these mega projects in my own backyard,” says Vickery. “I have also been able to move closer to my family, which has really been the best part.”

When she started at McMaster, Vickery was originally focused on Mechanical Engineering, but she says the general first year program gave her the opportunity to consider her options and recognize her interest in architecture and construction.

She ended up opting for Civil Engineering, focusing on structural and geotechnical, which prepared and qualified her for the type of work she was interested in.

“By the time I graduated from Mac I was sure that project management was what I wanted to pursue, but I did not fully appreciate what that meant at the time,” says Vickery.

Now living in Windsor, where her hobbies include camping, hiking, home renovation projects and oil painting, she encourages students to pursue engineering studies.

“You cannot go wrong with engineering,” she says. “It can be a stepping stone for so many things.

“Being an engineer does not mean that you will only design bridges or skyscrapers, though it certainly can if you want. It can mean so many different things. At the core, an engineer uses the resources available to solve a problem given certain constraints. This skill is transferable to many facets of life beyond work.”