Ashley Nollner

Ashley Nollner, a student in the Electrical Engineering Technology, Control Systems program, was initially unsure if she would participate in the co-op stream of her program.   

“I thought I would get a summer job in my field while getting maximum learning experience on my own,” said Nollner.  

Things changed when she started to explore CareerConnect and the co-op opportunities posted by the Work-Integrated Learning department within the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology (FAST).  

“When seeing all the co-op jobs available, I was thankful I followed through with the co-op stream in my program,” she said.  

Nollner secured a placement with the Mobile Technology Group within Peel Regional Police. She installed and maintained equipment and technology on police vehicles, while also troubleshooting and repairing any vehicle issues, including electrical harnesses and mobile electronic equipment.  

“Currently, I am learning how to image and program the computer systems, execute mobile and radio repairs, and the reprogramming process of all mobile technology equipment,” said Nollner.  

The co-op program also helped Nollner develop her interview skills, learn how to work independently and as part of a team, and see what a full-time career in this industry would be like.  

“I was also able to practice and prove my responsibility, punctuality, and accountability,” said Nollner.  

Nollner’s placement spanned eight months. She reported to the Supervisor, Mobile Technology Group at Peel Regional Police, who consistently provided her support and advice when she needed it.  

“Ashley accepted any challenge you threw at her,” said David Hamlyn, Supervisor, Mobile Technology Group at Peel Regional Police. “This was a very hands-on position. She was extremely adept with the tools and had a phenomenal attitude and work ethic.”  

Nollner is another success story of women joining technical fields traditionally dominated by men. While she was the only female at her placement, she never felt out of place and ended up thriving in the environment.  

When asked what advice she’d give other women interested in a career in electrical engineering technology and control systems, she encouraged them not to doubt themselves. 

“If you feel that going into the industry is something you would enjoy, then there should be nothing holding you back," said Nollner. 

Heading into the final year of her program, Nollner knows the skills and experience she developed from this placement have positioned her well for the future.  

“When I graduate, I will have a clear idea of the exact type of job I want to pursue. I will know the exact steps I need to take to successfully secure my dream job," she said. 

Learn more about the co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities offered by the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology.