The Path to Engineer

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

454293387 (1)Recently we’ve come across a couple of interesting articles that suggest the future of engineering is strong. Engineering is one of the most in-demand majors for graduating high school seniors, and among those who have recently graduated with a degree in engineering, it’s one of the fields with the least underemployment.

These articles got our team leaders thinking about why they decided to go into the field of engineering and what hobbies, interests or family history led them here. In some cases, those hobbies or interests are related to what they do every day in their jobs.

Here are a few of their thoughts:

“I liked puzzles as a child, which can be related to my job now of putting all the parts of a project together to make the big picture. I also liked math and wanted a career that was diverse. So engineering just seemed like a good fit.” Alicia Bailey, P.E., Transportation Team Leader

“When I was young, I certainly had a big time with Lincoln Logs! I guess in some ways it does tie in because you have to put the pieces of the project together just right or it falls apart. I also was a big puzzle builder growing up and still am today. When I need to clear my head I build a puzzle on my iPad!” Diane Hammonds, E.I., Louisiana Branch Manager/Team Leader

“When I was little (and still to this day), I loved being around site construction projects. I would walk around the sites observing the site work and talk to the contractors. I learned about the sequence and progression of different elements of site construction. When I was in high school I worked for a Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) contractor performing labor for these types of projects.” Lawren Pratt, P.E., LEED A.P., Site Engineering Team Leader

“I followed in my dad’s footsteps. He worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation for many years and then worked in the roadway construction industry his remaining years. Through his peer network I always had a summer job related to roadway construction whether it was laying water/sewer lines, building a bridge, paving an interstate or building a new highway from scratch. I enjoyed seeing projects come to life and decided to put my practical experience in the field to work towards a career in civil engineering.” Richard Holt, P.E., Tennessee Branch Manager/Team Leader

“I used to sit in my Grandmother’s porch swing with her, and nearly every afternoon we would count cars that went by on Highway 43 in Russellville, Alabama. She was helping me learn how to count, but it’s funny to me that I ended up in a career that has so much to do with traffic counts!” Jeff Stephenson, P.E., PTOE, Transportation Team Leader

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