2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Sean Mascarenhas, 33

Senior Engineer, Autopro Automation Consultants Ltd.; Calgary, Alberta; B.Eng. Electrical Engineering, McMaster University


Sean MascarenhasSean Mascarenhas, 33
Senior Engineer, Autopro Automation Consultants Ltd.; Calgary, Alberta
B.Eng. Electrical Engineering, McMaster University

Mascarenhas has progressed very quickly since graduating from McMaster University. Within 10 years, he advanced from a junior engineer to a senior engineer at Autopro, putting his career path on a steep curve. He was responsible for major projects very early in his career—within his first 5 years he led a large distributed control system upgrade project, including a successful shutdown and turnaround. When Autopro opened their location in Pune, India, Mascarenhas was one of the first people sent to train and mentor new technical staff, working long hours to orientate them and get them ready to work on Autopro’s projects. More recently, he was Electrical Lead on a large greenfield project for a major petrochemical producer, the largest project in Autopro’s 25-year history. This involved managing a team of more than 20 technical staff, in addition to interfacing with the client and subcontractors, and ensuring that quality standards were met on all electrical deliverables. There was a great deal of complexity in the number of engaged vendors, number of Autopro branches that provided project staff, and new technologies that were deployed on the project. For the past 6 years, Mascarenhas has volunteered his time as a high school football coach. Mascarenhas participated in team sports when he was a child, and he believes the experience played a significant role in helping him develop—both as a person and as a leader. Mascarenhas loves football and sharing his passion for the game with the youth he coaches.

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