Neal Chung, Project Manager at Strike, began his career 11 years ago as a SAIT student learning the pipefitting trade and as a pipefitting apprentice. Neal joined Strike’s Management Trainee program, which allowed him to learn all aspects of the business and gave him exposure to field work and office operations. After his time in the program, Neal transitioned to the Project Controls and Project Management areas. This experience allowed Neal to realize that this was the career path that he wanted to take. He was inspired to complete the Project Management program at SAIT and set a goal to one day become a Project Manager.
As a result of Neal’s hard work and dedication, three years ago he was promoted from a Project Superintendent with Strike and ran his first Project as the Project Manager.
Neal believes that the construction industry has had a positive impact in his professional career. Growing up on Vancouver Island, where the only construction he saw was residential or industrial, Neal recalls that he didn’t know anything about the oil and gas industry. When several of his colleagues moved from Vancouver Island to Alberta for an opportunity to work in oil and gas, Neal also saw opportunity at the time and made the move to Alberta. His decision proved successful and Neal’s career to date has taken him to a variety of different projects in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Every project to date has been unique, bringing its own set of challenges, which Neal really enjoys as he is able to learn from each project and bring those lessons learned onto the next project.
Neal believes that what he has learned has allowed him to grow and become a better Project Manager. He had no idea at the time that his decision to leave his home in BC would bring him professional opportunities and a personal one, as well, as Neal met his wife in the industry and together they have a beautiful family.