BY HEATHER FRANTZ
Public Relations Coordinator
Dave Rumbold, P.Eng., employed by Spartan Controls Ltd.,
in Edmonton, has been an APEGGA member since 1984. He joined
as an E.I.T. after graduating from the University of Alberta
with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.
Dave is busy at work as a volunteer, but he also has his hands
full with a toddler. He looks forward to the end of the day
when he can go home and spend valuable time with his 15-month-old
Dave began volunteering for APEGGA in 1992 as a member of
the Edmonton Member Liaison Committee, later becoming its
chair. In 1995 he shifted focus and became a member of the
Act, Regulation and Bylaws Committee. News of his capabilities
spread, and in 1998 he was became chair of the Edmonton District
It appears now that Dave is an APEGGA volunteer for the long
haul, with additional experience on the Summit Awards Planning
Committee and the Communications Planning Committee, currently
as chair. It's no surprise that in 1998 Dave was the recipient
of APEGGA's Voluntary Service Award.
Why do you volunteer with APEGGA?
I initially volunteered to learn more about our profession
and to meet other members. I volunteer now because I enjoy
it so much, and it keeps me in touch with new issues before
As a member and a volunteer, what do you contribute to APEGGA?
I think every APEGGA member has something to offer the Association,
and I think I've specifically contributed organizational skills,
fresh ideas and energy.
What is the greatest challenge
to you in being an engineer?
I think the biggest challenge in any engineer's career is
staying technically current and managing information. An engineer
needs to take time to step back and focus on what he needs
to keep and use, and what to set aside. It's easy to get overwhelmed
by everything coming through e-mail, voice mail, etc.
Do you have any advice that you'd
offer a new engineering student or professional?
Get involved with your Association or community. You will
find it to be a positive, growing experience and you'll make
some great contacts!
What do you think the next hot
trend, subject or discipline will be in engineering?
I think some of the areas that will continue to see innovation
are material and metallurgy and the whole automation/artificial
What would you consider a dream
project, one you would like to be involved in?
The heavy oil projects under way and being planned for our
province are pretty exciting and I'd like to be involved in
more of them.
What are you other hobbies and
Classic cars and Formula 1 racing.
What is your favorite book?
All I read these days are children's books to my daughter!