Engineer Finds Success as CAD/CAM Technician

Advanced scanners help enable creativity along with speed and precision

When Attila Pal started his career in dental technology, he did not expect it to last long. A 25-year-old instrumentation engineer from Hungary, he had been traveling in the US and Canada when he met the woman who would become his wife. He decided to stay in Calgary, but it was shortly after September 11, 2001, and jobs were difficult to come by, especially in the engineering field. So Pal accepted a position at a large dental laboratory where his eventual wife, Elizabeth, worked as a dental technician. The job, an assembly line-type position, was supposed to be temporary while he continued to search for engineering work.

Almost 15 years later, Pal no longer has any intention of returning to his old profession. He and Elizabeth own Creative Dental Laboratory in Calgary, and thanks in part to his engineering background, business is going so well that Pal says returning to his former profession “would not make financial sense.”

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