Carter H.

  • Title: Civil Engineer II – Project Manager – Project Roadway Designer
  • Alma Mater: University of South Carolina (2013)
  • Hobbies: Surfing. My passion for sure. Here on the east coast, we do not get great waves often, but that is what makes it so special. It is not like golf, basketball, tennis or really any other sport. You cannot go whenever you want to. You can only surf if there are waves. So when we get waves, it feels like Christmas Day!

I chose to pursue a career as a Civil Engineer because…

I initially chose the engineering career path honestly because of my father. He went to the University of South Carolina and majored in Mechanical Engineering but dropped out prior to completion. I wanted to follow in his footsteps and complete where he left off. But I always favored Civil Engineering, sorry dad! Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, I was able to see the negative impacts that explosive development has on our transportation networks. That drew me towards the transportation niche.

The thing I love most about my job is…

The thing I love the most about my job is being able to work with our local municipal clients here in the Low Country. I love having the opportunity to work hand in hand with our partners to develop transportation related solutions for the local communities. High traffic and long commutes greatly impact quality of life as we all know. I love being able to help solve some of those challenges.

My favorite thing about TranSystems is…

100% the people. Our Charleston Office feels like a family. We are all friends and hang out regularly outside of the office. We trust each other and support each other and that makes our working relationships that much stronger. I have had the opportunity to work with several other offices as well, Atlanta, Chicago and Boston to name a few. I feel like all TranSystems offices have that family feel. The entire TranSystems Team is built with great people. That is what makes TranSystems special and is my favorite thing about TranSystems.

Since joining TranSystems…

Another thing that I love about TranSystems is that we provide so many opportunities for growth. Senior staff trust intermediate level and entry level staff to take on greater responsibilities, which in turn fuels personal and professional growth. I love our ‘All-In Approach’. It really helps us grow our relationships with clients as well. Instead of knowing one client manager, they know our entire team. In the past few years, I have been heavily involved in Project Management, Project Design, Project Pursuits and Proposals, Client Management, really all aspects of our work from top to bottom. It feels awesome to help our team win a project pursuit, work with the client to negotiate scope and fee, deliver a design and plan set and ultimately see a project be constructed. Hearing positive client feedback on your work gives you great motivation and drive to continue to grow. It is great that we all have that opportunity.

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Organize to-dos and start my day

With working from home, my schedule has definitely been different than in years past, but I have enjoyed this new flexible schedule. I normally wake up at 7:00am. I feed my dog, Mr. Coop D-O-Double G, make some coffee and take him out to play for a bit. I typically start my workday away from the computer at the kitchen table. I drink my coffee and go over my to-do list for the day. I am involved in several projects at the moment, so I have been working to improve my organization and setting priority tasks for the day. I try to get online by 8:30am to check emails and get my day started.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Client and project team meetings

I schedule my important client and project team meetings for this time slot. It allows me time to get my brain warmed up. I try not to schedule meetings before 9:00 a.m. unless complexly necessary. I like to have project discussions and coordination completed in the morning, so we have clear direction on tasks moving forward.

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Focus on high-priority work

I like to reserve this time for my high priority work – work that may be holding up other work or potential progress for someone else like a client or team member. I like to buckle down and focus on these design-related tasks or coordination-related tasks before I break for lunch.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

I usually break for lunch around 12ish. I take the dog for a walk, grab a bite, and vacuum the house. I vacuum daily. My dog sheds a ton, and my Dyson is my best friend.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – State and/or local CST team calls

We typically have our State and/or Local CST team calls at this time. Hunter Owens leads our client team meetings and does a phenomenal job. We share intel on clients and upcoming pursuits. We also strategize on potential teaming partners and discuss progress on current pursuits.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Focus on lower-priority tasks

I like to reserve this time for my lower priority work. I buckle down again and focus on tasks that are not as pressing or time sensitive – work that other team members are not waiting for me on.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner and a walk

I like to wrap up and make sure all submittals are out by 5:00pm (COB) at the latest. I take a break and eat some dinner. We make a nice home cooked meal and take Coop on night walk.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Catch-up on outstanding tasks

I do not always work long after dinner break. Normally just check on last minute emails to be sure nothing critical has come up on a project. But if we have a pressing upcoming submittal or I need to catch up on outstanding tasks, I will use this time to do so. I try to be away from the computer in general by 9:00pm at the latest and call it a night.

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