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Lorraine Gray, BEngM '05

Seeking tangible career benefits

Lorraine Gray wasn’t certain where she would land in the engineering world, but she always knew she wanted a job with tangible and visible accomplishments.

Thanks to a co-op position with Hydro One, the 2005 Electrical Engineering and Management grad found that job – and built a career.

Today, as Superintendent of Stations Services with Hydro One, she oversees a team of over 100 people who service and maintain the electricity equipment in more than 40 transmission and 200 distribution stations.

“I love the tangibility of working with the very equipment that provides electricity for the province,” says Gray.

“I always knew I would be a leader in a technical field and chose the management component of my degree with that in mind. Plus, I saw a hardhat in my future – something hands-on and technical in nature, but on the in-service end.”

Her interest in that type of work led Gray to participate in Hydro One’s Women in Trades, Technology and Engineering employee resource group to support women working in non-traditional jobs.

“It still surprises me how far we need to go when it comes to true equality,” she says. “I’m very proud of my work to support women and to normalize them in all roles.”

During her free time, she calls on a different side of her brain to explore interior design.

“I love the creative side – the colour, texture, harmony, and comfort that one can bring with the design of spaces at home,” Gray says. “It’s a fun thing that I do for my own entertainment.”

She urges students to follow the type of curiosity that indulges both sides of the brain.

“Keep following your internal compass toward what feels like the right next step to you. “And if you love it, great. If you don’t, that too is powerful learning.

“Keep going and do what draws you – pull that left and right brain together in your own unique way, and you will be highly successful.”