Nick D.

  • Title: Roadway Engineer
  • Alma Mater: Ohio State University (2017)
  • Hobbies: I am currently in a recreational volleyball league with some of my office coworkers. I enjoy reading non-fiction and fantasy books. I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons with some of my high school friends. I like to travel around the US. I am also a passionate sports fan of Cleveland teams, Columbus teams and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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

As a kid, I spent a lot of time playing with LEGOs and helping my dad build things out of wood, such as birdhouses, deck steps, benches and so on. I also seemed to do better in high school in math and science courses. All of this really contributed to me wanting to pursue a career in engineering.

The thing I love most about my job is…

I have cherished the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with different offices in different states. I have been able to work on roadway design, drainage design, MOT plans, environmental field work, bus stop / transit plans and conduct traffic counts. I believe this variety of experience has really helped me in beginning to understand how the numerous disciplines of project design come together to create project plans.

My favorite thing about TranSystems is…

The smaller office vibe (approximately 20 people) in the Columbus, OH office and the approximately 900 people working together at TranSystems. I had the chance to work with the folks in the Chicago offices for over a year on the Circle Interchange in downtown Chicago, which gave me great insight in the way in which a complex project is managed. I also have met a lot of awesome people throughout the company with my work on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.

Since joining TranSystems…

I have grown tremendously since beginning my career TranSystems 4 years ago. I did not even know MicroStation when I first started and am know diving deep into the complexities of Open Roads Designer. I have learned to be better at asking questions and not get bogged down in every miniscule detail. I have been fortunate to have a fantastic team in Columbus and other offices who have helped guide me and support me on my engineering journey.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Check messages and load ProjectWise

My morning starts off by eating breakfast and checking emails. I respond to some and make notes on task managing software (Asana) of other emails I need to dive deeper into. Asana helps me keep track of and organize tasks that I need to complete.

9:00 AM – Continue work on main projects

My primary project is the TMC, but I occasionally work on other traffic projects as needed.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Design and drafting

I am working on a variety of projects, including City of Columbus E. Broad St, Wayne County SR-21, City of Elyria Cleveland St, Butler County CR-18 and Clermont County Segment IVa Corridor. Currently, I am working on drainage design but I also do roadway design and some utility coordination for these projects.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meetings with coworkers or clients

Sporadically, I work with COTA (Central Ohio Transportation Authority) on projects ranging from bus stop design, plan reviews, plan exhibits, etc. I meet with my Roadway team every other week to discuss project deadlines.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM – Lunch

I usually take a break and eat lunch with my brother, who I live with. However, on the first Friday of every even-numbered month, I meet with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Library Club. We read a variety of books, watch films and then discuss them. The discussion covers a wide array of topics, including gender identity, racism, sexism, and more. I encourage everyone to join us in the Library Club in our discussions!

In addition to being a facilitator of the DEI Library Club, I am a member of the Diversity Action Council – External Relations Subcommittee, where we are working to incorporate diversity and inclusion into our relationships with clients and subconsultants.

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Continue design and drafting work

I continue to work on projects throughout the afternoon.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Check-in with supervisor

Every other week, I chat with my supervisor, Gail Massie, to check-in, chat about life and help me to prioritize my workload and go through project milestones.

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Finish tasks

In the afternoon, I’ll continue work on the various projects I am involved with. After finishing up work for the day, I go and workout. Then I’ll shower, cook dinner, and relax!

What’s Next?

I will soon be spending my nights studying for the PE exam, which I am planning on taking in April of 2022.

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