Meet William Oching, Faculty, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment

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Get to know William Oching, Faculty, Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering, School of Construction and the Environment who has been working at BCIT for over eight years.

How would you summarize the work that you do at the Institute?

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William on the field with his students.

In addition to being an Instructor and Quality Assurance Coordinator in the Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering program, I am also involved in several committees and initiatives at BCIT such as:

What has been your most memorable moment working at BCIT?

First graduates of the BCIT Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resources

The most memorable moment was at a BCIT Convocation ceremony when I shook hands with the first students graduating from BCIT Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resources. I was part of the faculty and platform party.

What do you enjoy the most about working in post-secondary education?

I’m passionate about training and developing students, transferring both theory and practical industry experience, and witnessing our graduates excel. Empowering them for rewarding careers and societal impact brings me joy.

What are projects or initiatives that you have completed at the Institute that you are proud of?

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William welcoming a student at YVR with the BCIT World University Service of Canada Local Committee.

I’m actively involved in initiatives like forming the BCIT World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Local Committee, which brought two refugee students to BCIT. This aligns with our strategic objective of educating people and meeting the global sustainability goals. A special thanks to BCIT, the Student Association, former BCIT President Kathy Kinloch and Lisa Collins, Associate Vice President, Students for their support for humanity.

Additionally, I collaborate with colleagues on writing papers and presenting at conferences like Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and petroleum (CIM), Australian Institute of Mining and metallurgy (AusIMM), and Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA).

Currently, I’m overseeing a practical capstone project at Bear Mountain Underground Mine for our graduating diploma mining students at Harrison Hot Springs, BC. I will be supported by other subject matter experts from the Mining, Geomatics & Natural Resources departments  and locals.

Learn more about the BCIT Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering program.

Do you have a favourite spot or activity at the BCIT campuses that you enjoy spending your time at and why?

My favorite spot is at BCIT Library new collection display (staff picks). I normally get best sellers and educative and enjoyable books to read. I also love walking around the campus enjoying the nature and beauty of Burnaby campus.

Share with us how what you are passionate about outside of work. Do you have any hobbies?

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William watching a soccer match.

I enjoy outdoor activities like walking and hiking. Soccer is a favorite sport; I support Manchester United, Toronto Raptors, and local teams. Additionally, I volunteer with non-profit organizations such as the World University Service of Canada, South Sudanese community groups and Canadian Math Challengers Society.

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