What a RTMgr says
Ms. Christine Pimpao, CTech, RTMgr (Provisional)
My designations are CTech and RTMgr (P). I currently work for Mott MacDonald as a Project Systems Specialist and manage internal technology advancement projects. I work with an elite group of Engineers, Project Managers, and Senior practitioners across the globe in a technology consultancy role. We guide, support and advance our internal competencies towards an advanced BIM/VDC Project delivery framework.
My unique perspective can showcase the provisional aspect that may often deter a candidate from achieving this designation. Very often the additional competencies required, which in my case include pursuing a Bachelor of Technology Management at BCIT, may seem daunting to a full-time practitioner or industry professional. I am still working on my Bachelor’s, after 5 years, but have been able to catapult my career advancement with the ongoing application of current theories learned throughout the course. In fact, my colleagues now look to me as the technology advancements expert.
Below are the answer to the questions outlined:
- How many years have you been in your industry?
I have been in the Engineering industry for over 10 years, with a background in Landscape Architecture, Film Industry and Hotel and Restaurant Industry.
- How many years have you been in a management role?
I evolved into a distinct management role in 2008, on the Port Mann Bridge Highway 1 (PMH1) Improvement project, after having successfully shown competencies towards leadership and organization on the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement project where I was a Civil Design Technician. On PMH1, I was the CAD Technology Manager for over 5 years, and evolved off the project into an expanded role that encompassed supporting and managing large infrastructure projects across North America.
- What prompted you to apply for the RTMgr designation?
The sheer size of the PMH1 project, the fast-track requirements, and the multi-discipline/multi-firm approach, had raised the requirements of technology competency. Although surrounded by some of the best minds in the business, I felt quite overwhelmed with this new unique and dynamic team environment. I felt compelled to raise my level of management effectiveness. I took many Project Management and leadership courses, but they were specific to the Engineering side of managing the project contract, not the Technology side of software, workflow and people complexities. After futile attempts to influence change, advancements and compliancy, I felt that an additional professional designation could eliminate technology knowledge gaps within our industry. I registered for a Bachelor of Technology Management at BCIT knowing I was missing some key competencies for RTMgr registration, and applied for registration, after two years of school.
- In what ways do you see the RTMgr designation benefiting your career development?
After having been approved to use the RTMgr (P) designation within my email signature alone opened new doors. From curiosity as to what this designation meant, as well as requests on how to help our teams advance our capabilities, or how to effectively implement data management and AEC software on a billion dollar projects became a common theme. Designation allowed for the recognition on a new dynamic professional role that filled the gap between practitioners and engineers, and the disparity of their understanding of technology.
- What would you suggest as the first steps a potential RTMgr applicant needs to take in organizing/preparing their application?
The first steps are investigate whether you would be applying with qualification based on experience, or based on education. Experience is as important, if not more important. What I mean is that education can be acquired, such as my current undertaking, but experience within a technical specialisation, is fundamental and a necessity for success. Therefore ideally you need both.
I would then suggest that the applicant match any of their current competencies to the listed primary and secondary competencies outlined within the Certification Policy document. Then reach out to colleagues and managers to help identify competency links, that may have been overlooked. Write all of your experience down, as it links to the competencies listed. Start reaching out and requesting permissions from your potential references. Stay organized and focused as this is a process that takes a little longer than expected, specifically if you do not send a completed application or send your application with errors. If I remember correctly the process took months to compile and organize, with a busy work and school schedule. Worth every bit though.
For example, the required items I submitted were:
- Introduction Letter
- Application Form
- Self-Assessment Form
- Completion of Application
Additional items I sent in for clarification were:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academics Brief with proof pages (BCIT, and others)
- Work history
- Reference pages