Nick Greeno admits he’s slightly out of his comfort zone. He is co-CEO of a team of NSCC students that is building a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for an upcoming underwater robotics competition.
“I have built a robot before,” says the electronics engineering technology student, “but it wasn’t nearly as complicated as this.”
Nick and his Waterfront Campus teammates will head to Michigan in June to represent the College at the 2014 international MATE ROV competition. Teams from around the world face a simulated ocean disaster and build, present and then operate an ROV in a multi-stage underwater recovery mission. NSCC teams have competed on this world stage before. Nick is excited at the possibility his may be the first NSCC team to win the competition. Whatever the outcome, Nick is already convinced the experience will open doors for him in his career.
“It’s certainly given me great insight as to the leadership skills that are necessary to efficiently manage a team undertaking a similar project for an actual company,” says Nick. “I’ve learned how vital it is to delegate tasks and not try to take them on all by myself.”
The competition has already helped several NSCC graduates find employment in the oceans technology industry, including two-time team captain Cory Cauvier. At the 2012 NSCC Teaching & Learning Showcase, he presented his team's ROV from the 2011 MATE competition. That presentation led to a job offer from GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of hydrophones and underwater sound projectors.
“You gain a clear understanding of how to meet deadlines, motivate people and troubleshoot when you encounter issues,” says Cory. “I am starting to do product management here and I believe that the experience and confidence earned through the competition correlates with my ability to move up as rapidly as I have with this company.”
Cory spent some time advising Nick’s team and is impressed by what he’s seen. “NSCC is doing a great job preparing students for success, and the support from the President to faculty continues to grow by leaps and bounds.”
And what would Nick think if this year's team does bring home NSCC’s first win? “That’d be amazing!”