NC Ryan LeBlanc stands in Olympic Park in front of the Main Media Centre, in Sochi. He is spending a five-week period working to provide technical support for Olympic Broadcasting Systems.
Just a few years ago when he entered the Electrical Engineering Technology program at NC, Fort Erie native Ryan LeBlanc had one goal in mind: get a good job.
Now, LeBlanc, 24, is an NC grad working in the centre of the action in Sochi, where the eyes of the entire world are focused on for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
LeBlanc, who graduated from NC in 2011, was given the opportunity to work at the Olympic Games through his employer Evertz Microsystems, where he works as a field support engineer. His job is to provide on-site technical support for some of the broadcasting equipment used by Olympic Broadcasting Systems.
Besides the long work days and culture shock – it’s his first visit to Russia – LeBlanc is finding it an interesting and fulfilling experience.
“Everyone I’m working with, even though they are from all different parts of the world, are all working together to bring the Games to life for those who can’t be here to see them in person and that’s very rewarding,” he said. “Being involved in an international event on the scale of something like the Olympics instills you with a sense of awe and pride. The sheer amount of logistics that goes into an event like this is pretty spectacular.”
LeBlanc, who currently lives in Burlington, said he believes his days at NC helped prepare him for his current position as well as his career path in general.
“I think the fact that Niagara College graduates are respected by companies in the area helped to open doors when applying to jobs. Also, the co-op and co-op course I was required to take as part of program helped me to prepare myself for both applying for jobs in general (interviewing, building good resume’s, etc) and gave me some preparation on how to conduct myself in a professional work environment,” said LeBlanc. “My time at NC provided me with the technical foundation and tools to develop and acquire new skills as I evolve in my current career path.”
After spending five weeks in Russia, he hopes to spend some quality time with friends and family once the Olympics conclude. As for the long term, “I’ll continue to work hard and see what other adventures and opportunities present themselves on my current career path,” he said.