- Title: Structural Engineer
- Alma Mater: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (2014);
University of California, San Diego (2015)
- Hobbies: Optimizing my investment and retirement accounts, as well as following professional baseball, basketball, and mixed martial arts.
I chose to pursue a career as a Structural Engineer because…
I completed AP Calculus courses in high school and I did not want the work I put into those classes to go in vain. Once in college I decided to specialize in structural engineering because it seemed like the most practical and engaging specialty within the civil engineering field. It also helped that my entire group of friends in college wanted to specialize in structural engineering.
The thing I love most about my job is…
That I get to take part in a wide variety of projects all the way from bridge design to bridge construction inspection.
My favorite thing about TranSystems is…
They seem to really value the work-life balance of their employees. I can only speak to my experience working in our Santa Ana office, but I have never felt pressured to sacrifice my free time.
Since joining TranSystems…
I’ve gotten the chance to work on a variety of projects. When I first started, I only worked on one project and only did bridge design calculations and plans. Since then I have gotten the chance to work on building design, retaining wall design, field work for utility potholing, bridge construction inspection, and even under water inspection of waterfront structures.
8:30 AM – Check Microsoft Outlook and Teams
I start work around 8:30 a.m. by opening Microsoft Outlook and Teams to see if there is any issue that needs immediate attention. I usually open ProjectWise early in the morning as well since most of our CAD files are located there.
9:00 AM – Continue work on projects
I am currently working on the final design of a new bridge and on the conceptual design of another bridge in Barstow, California, for the BNSF Railway agency.
10:30 AM – Review to-do list
As part of being a bridge engineer, I strive to constantly maintain quality control of the projects that I am involved in. Typically, I have to go through a list of ways in which to secure that quality, so this means having constant discussions with coworkers about our design assumptions as well as incorporating new project data into our designs and plans and ensuring each project has these tasks checked off.
11:00 AM – Check in with mentor
I would consider my supervisor Andre Issa my biggest mentor, and fortunately for me I chat with him every day.
12:00 PM – Lunch
Typically, I work through lunch or eat at my desk.
1:00 PM – Weekly team meeting
The Santa Ana office has weekly Project Share meetings where someone in the office gets the chance to share a small presentation about a project they are currently working on.
2:30 PM – Meeting with Chicago office
As a member of the team working on the BNSF bridges in Barstow, California, I attend the project’s weekly meetings to discuss everyone’s progress. This project is headed by the Chicago office, so our meetings allow many people to communicate efficiently about the work.
3:30 PM – Finish projects from the day
Since we are awaiting the commencement of a large roadway project in Orange County, California, which will include multiple bridge widenings for the bridge group, we have adequate time to ensure good quality control on our current project with the Chicago office.
5:30 PM – End of day re-cap
I put finishing touches on all work that has been completed and work until a stopping point on others. I review my outlook and teams to make sure I catch anything that’s urgent before I log out.
6:00 PM – Log off
I usually finish work at 6pm. The first thing I do after work is take my dog, Buddy, out on a long walk.