Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

May 6, 2019

MIchael GindalangBlake Marchand

Michael Gindalang works for Dupar Controls as a panel builder for the elevator and keypad industry. Michael received his schooling from Conestoga College, graduating with an advanced diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology, majoring in Renewable Energy. Upon graduating, he went back to school to specialize, taking a Renewable Energy Technique one-year program.

“After I completed my renewable energy technique, I found a job with Meehan’s Energy company as a solar photovoltaic technician,” explained Gindalang. Michael worked with Meehan’s Energy for six months before taking a job with Dupar Controls. He has now been with the company for a little more than 3-years.
“The initial thing that attracted me to the field is I was curious how wind turbines and hydropower system works,” he said.

“Working as a solar photovoltaic technician, I have worked on so many projects in the GTA, building commercial Fit projects ranging from 400kw to 600kw,” he explained, “I worked both on mechanical and electrical side of the project.”

In his work with Meehan’s Energy, Michael was able to see projects through from their inception to their completion, which provided him with insight into how the entire system would come together. Despite working there for less than a year, he was able to gain valuable experience in the industry given the nature of his work. Particularly when it came to the process of how connecting the finished project to the city line was done.

“I decided to pursue a career in electrical field because I like to troubleshoot and work with electrical components, building power panels and understanding how electricity works,” he explained when asked what initially drew him to the electrical industry. “I also know that it is in high demand now and in the future.”

“It does not seem to be a skill that can be outsourced,” he added. And the electrical industry is certainly filled with opportunities, particularly for young professionals like Michael. The industry is evolving, making it an exciting time. However, the majority of the work force is getting closer to retirement and the skilled trades will need more young people to enter the workforce and take on leadership roles. Which will give skilled workers like Michael the opportunity to move into senior positions within the industry.


Michael explained that what interested him to pursue a position with Dupar Controls, leaving the solar energy industry, was to gain broader experience in the industry and expand his expertise, “especially working with PLC programming and new electrical software,” he noted. Adding that, “This is where the future of this field heading with all the new technologies occurring. The new technologies currently did not impact me in a negative way, it just motivated me to seek and learn new skills, which will assist me in this field.”

When it comes to a constantly changing industry, lifelong learning is an essential philosophy to embrace. For someone like Michael who has a natural interest in how electrical components and electricity works, it is not a difficult concept to comprehend. With the nature of technology things can change quickly. As such, it is important to be flexible, particularly early on in your career. Expanding beyond his initial focus coming out school, Michael was able to broaden his skill set.

Possessing the drive to enhance his skill set and expand his experience will certainly be beneficial as he progresses throughout his career.

“I would love to work with PLC programming and drawing software like AutoCAD in the future,” he said.


When Electrical Industry Canada asked Michael about some of the challenges he faces in his role with Dupar Controls, he explained, “One of the challenges I faced when started at Dupar controls, was that all the jobs have different electrical wiring diagrams and boards.”


“In one day, you can work on two to three different jobs with different boards and wiring diagrams. It takes time to understand how all the boards work and the wiring schematics and wiring elevator panels is different.”


With Dupar Controls, Michael work includes assembling and wiring elevator control panels, as well as ensuring alarms, emergency phones, speakers, and electronic communication boards are accurately wired, while adhering to strict quality control measures.

Founded in 1958, Dupar Controls is a manufacturer and supplier of components for the elevator and keypad industries. Best known for their wide range of high-quality pushbutton products, Dupar has evolved into one of North America’s most advanced elevator fixture companies. And they continue to invest in innovation, design and manufacturing automation to meet the needs of a rapidly changing industry.


Blake Marchand is Assistant Editor, Panel Builder & Systems Integrator..

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