Eric L.

  • Title: Bridge Management Technician
  • Alma Mater: Broward College, Florida International University
  • Hobbies: I like playing video games, collecting some gaming cards (Pokémon has been crazy lately), and I like to travel (D.C. and Tampa trips are planned).

I chose to pursue a career as a Bridge Management Technician because…

I studied about bridges during school and found interest in various aspects of them. I also enjoy the attention to detail necessary to complete the reports.

The thing I love most about my job is…

The flexibility with work hours because I can manage my time to get done what needs to be each day rather than cramming stuff into a set time frame.

My favorite thing about TranSystems is…

My coworkers! I joined right before Covid, but everyone still stays in contact through weekly meetings.

Since joining TranSystems…

I’m generally more organized and have become more informed about bridge safety.

7:45 AM – Grab coffee and check emails

The first thing I do is grab my coffee. Then I log in and check for new emails and pick up where I left off the previous day.

8:30 AM – Daily meeting with mentors

As the day kicks off, I meet with Wayne McLennon and Natalie Rodriguez to touch base and clarify any specific questions regarding work for the various projects if they arise.

9:30 AM – Work on inspector reports

As the day goes on, I type up reports from our inspectors. This usually includes editing and resizing photos to use in the reports and adding work order recommendations to projects. This accumulates to about 3 or 4 bridges a day, depending on the size of the structure.

11:00 AM – Continue work on local government bridges

One of the first tasks I focus on is continuing work on local government bridges anywhere from Palm Beach to Key West.

12:00 PM – Break for lunch

I normally stop for lunch, but if I have photos to edit for reports, then I just bring lunch to my desk.

1:00 PM – Weekly team meeting

Each week, my team joins a zoom meeting to update each other on what we’ve all been working on and answer any questions. It’s always nice to catch up with everyone on a personal level too!

3:00 PM – Finalize projects from the day

During this time of the work day, I typically finalize the reports for inspectors on the bridges I began earlier and if needed, I will sometimes create maps with detours for bridges as part of the reports.

4:00 PM – End of day re-cap

I finish up any last touches to reports or projects and then prepare for the next day’s list of work to get done. There’s always a consistent flow of bridges to document such as the 7-Mile bridge report, so these reports and creating a consistent schedule for them are rather familiar to me now.

5:00 PM – Log off

After I finish work, I make sure to play with my cats Ash (left) and Smokey before dinner (because they demand all the attention).

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