Proudly working to provide nutrition and food fuel to a growing world, Tyler Cates engineers interdisciplinary plans that intelligently deliver results on a wide variety of projects.
What is your job title?
How long have you been working at POS?
What do you enjoy most about working at POS?
I enjoy the people I work with. We usually have a lot of new issues pop up during any given day, and this group handles it in stride. It’s an intelligent and friendly group of people here at POS.
What attracted you to this industry in general and POS in particular?
Our industry has an extremely noble purpose, one very comparable to that of the farmer; we are trying to help provide nutrition and fuel for a growing world. It is not difficult to get motivated in support of that purpose. POS suits me in particular because I enjoy the dynamic environment. You have the opportunity to work with people and companies from around the world, as well as local innovators. The Saskatoon facility is a process engineer’s playground with hundreds of pieces of unique equipment that can be configured in multiple ways. It makes for interesting and always changing days.
What types of projects do you work on at POS?
I have worked on a variety of projects at POS, and I try to be as versatile as possible. I had the opportunity to lead a facility renovation in which POS invested into HVAC, electrical, server, changeroom, and office upgrades. I have completed many new equipment installations, with the highlight being a pilot scale short path distillation system. I have also had the opportunity to work on several campaigns for clients, primarily focused in area of oils processing.
How would you describe your experience of working at POS? How does it compare to previous roles you’ve had?
POS is unique in that you have the opportunity to work with people from many disciplines (lab techs, scientists, engineers, millwrights, operators, accountants, etc). There is a lot of talent within each of those groups, and it is a great resource pool to draw knowledge from. Another difference is the variety of projects that we work on; every week is a unique challenge.
If you were CEO, what would be the first thing you’d do to make POS even better?
I would have our employees get together and test out some of the products that are produced from POS. I have always found it rewarding to see a client’s product on the shelf at the store, having a tasting session would only add to the fun!