The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists

Hans Miethig, C.E.T., January 22, 1925 – April 15, 2020

The Niagara Chapter of OACETT is saddened to share the news of the loss of Hans Miethig.

150x194-7279340_(1).jpg    Hans Miethig passed away peacefully on April 15th at 12:30 pm. Hans was 95 years old and his death was not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
As a young man and a victim of the horrors of WWII Hans was captured and managed to escape a Russian prison camp awaiting certain death only to end up in a US prison camp.  Through that life-changing experience, Hans made a pledge to himself and to God that he would spend his life trying to make the lives of others better if he could survive the war.

He was trained as a bricklayer and later attended university to become an engineer.
 
He emigrated to Canada and obtained a job with Acres despite not speaking English.  Practicing engineering was out of the question but he was able to put his skills in drafting to use and establish a career in the Engineering Department.

When Niagara College looked to start an Architectural Drafting program Hans was a natural fit and he was hired.  He was tasked with the job of creating a curriculum for a new program and he became the Founder of the Construction Engineering Technology program.  He regularly sought out the needs of industry and designed the program to meet those needs.

Over the years it became obvious to Hans that associations like OACETT and CIQS were valuable partners to have for the students and he was instrumental in establishing the relationships with them.  He was a strong advocate for membership, and he continued to be a strong voice for Ontario colleges with all of these groups.  In trying to establish acceptance by the CIQS Hans sometimes found himself pleading his case in front of a group of elite British professionals, just a couple of decades removed from WWII, speaking with his heavy German accent.  It was a daunting and intimidating task that he would endure for the betterment of his students and all those who would follow.

Hans retired in 1995 but remained active as a program advisor and he attended Awards Ceremonies up until last year.  In his final wishes, he asked for donations to the Hans Miethig Bursary in lieu of flowers.  Hans carried such a burden for young people entering this industry for so many years it is fitting that his legacy should stand for years to come. He held on to his pledge to the very end.

A memorial service will follow at some time in the future when the current COVID-19 restrictions are no longer needed. The obituary is posted at Morse & Son Funeral Home.

Memories, photos, and condolences may be shared at https://www.morseandson.com.

Donations to the Hans Miethig Bursary can be made at:
https://w3web02.niagaracollege.ca/Forms/DonationForm/Default.aspx.
For questions please contact Joanne Cousineau jcousineau@niagaracollege.ca

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April 16, 2019: A Message from your Niagara Chapter Chair

On behalf of the Niagara Chapter, I would like to welcome both the members of our Chapter and those who aspire to be!

The Niagara Chapter stands strong with over 1600 members residing within the Niagara Region. Our Chapter's election results are in. The new board memebers are listed here.

As a volunteer organization, we depend on ideas and contributions from our members. Chapter executive meetings, functions and events are scheduled throughout the year, so please remember to regularly visit the Niagara chapter website for an updated calendar schedule. All members are welcome to attend our meetings and events. Prior notice of your intended attendance via e-mail to the chapter Chair will be greatly appreciated.

Tech. students attending Niagara College may also drop in for a visit to discover the numerous benefits of OACETT. Please visit us soon and review our website often.

As always, we welcome your comments or suggestions regarding our Chapter activities. Please feel free to contact any one of our Chapter executives. It gives me great pleasure in serving as your Chair. We look forward to meeting you!

Yours truly,
Tom Ziemkiewicz, C. Tech., rcji
Niagara Chapter Chair

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