Alumni Stories – Lawrence Lee

Mechanical Technician Tool and Die - T143 &
Mechanical Engineering Technology-Design – T121

Graduated 2008

caet_Lawrence_Lee2After an exceptional academic career at George Brown that included a Dean’s Award, a gold medal at Ontario Skills, a silver at Skills Canada, a Governor General’s Academic Award, and two diplomas, Lawrence Lee is moving on.

The two-time graduate who earned diplomas in Mechanical Technician – Tool and Die and Mechanical Engineering Technology - Design this spring, heads to the University of Toronto in September to complete what he set out to do four years earlier - a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Lawrence enrolled at George Brown after completing one year at U of T.  “I wanted a more supportive environment, smaller classes and more practical, hands-on work,” he says, explaining his decision to transfer to George Brown.

When he found himself with a lighter than normal course load in first year, one of his instructors recommended he also take Tool and Die to learn how to turn good designs into real objects.  He appreciates the wisdom in that advice and believes that a unique combination of design and tool and die will make him a better engineer.

He credits the faculty support and an intimate learning environment for his scholastic success. “It was incredible how far faculty went to ensure my success,” he says. “Because I was doing a dual diploma, scheduling was incredibly tough. Faculty went out of their way to ensure my schedule could accommodate all the courses I needed.”

Lawrence is currently working for Psion Teklogix doing CAD design for rugged mobile computing. “I am using my mechanical engineering skills every day,” he says. “When I started here I was fixing up CAD drawings; now they’ve given me my own design projects.”

“I’m returning to U of T with a lot more skills under my belt. I have the mindset and focus to apply to a heavy engineering course load,” he says. “GBC gave me that grounding and an incredible amount of hands-on experience.”