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Dirk Brussow

Field Technician
Ocean Networks Canada

Tell us about your work/ research. What kinds of things do you do? 

I work for Ocean Networks Canada, which designs, builds, and maintains subsea-cabled observatories for studying ocean processes and systems. 

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

I was initially drawn to this line of work because it allowed me to apply my engineering knowledge to the world of ocean science. 

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

I was inspired by the adventure aspects of this line of work, which allows you to work in all kinds of remote and new places. I got to where I am because of my parents' constant encouragement and support. 

What element of your work/ study do you think is the most fascinating? 

I have been doing this work for over eight years now, and what I find most fascinating is that I am always seeing and experiencing new things. 

What other jobs led you to your current career? 

I got involved with the Nautilus Exploration program through my existing employment at Ocean Networks Canada. This was my first official job after graduating from university. 

What are your certifications and degrees?

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include fishing, hunting, sailing and playing rugby. 

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

My advice to someone wanting a similar career would be to be willing to take an entry-level opportunity to get your foot in the door but also have a clear idea of where you want to end up. 


Dirk participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: