Torie J.

  • Title: Civil Engineer
  • Alma Mater: Bradley University (2012)
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my two kids, a 4 month old girl and a two and a half year old boy. This summer we have enjoyed walks, going to the park, and seeing animals at the zoo. I hope to share my hobbies of travelling, rock climbing and board games with them as they get older.

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

I love math and problem solving. I always loved the idea of being able to create something and see the finished product.

The thing I love most about my job is…

Being able to work with a team to find solutions towards a common goal.

My favorite thing about TranSystems is…

My coworkers! Everyone in the Chicago offices is friendly and creates a great environment for teamwork and growth. Even through this past year and a half we have been able to continue the camaraderie. As a working mom I am also really grateful for the flexibility. Having two young kids makes me appreciative of the company’s work-life balance.

Since joining TranSystems…

I have learned so much in areas of roadway design that I hadn’t been a part of before. I have been able to gain more responsibility and see how projects are managed and coordinated.

7:00 AM – Check emails and calendar

I log on before my kids get up to check my emails and calendar for the day.

8:00 AM – Begin working on projects

I don’t start actively working until about 8:00 am after my kids are awake and I take my son to daycare. I will then check my to-do list and pick up the tasks that I left off the day before. Depending on kids’ doctor’s appointments or childcare changes, some days I start later than 8:00.

10:00 AM – Meet with IDOT

Depending on what projects I’m working on during any given week, I might have a call with IDOT, since I primarily work with them.

11:00 AM – Check in with mentor

I regularly check in with Jen Golemba and Mark Wilson. We review any tasks our team is currently working on or has completed, discuss any issues that have come up and coordinate upcoming deliverables.

12:00 PM – Lunch

I stop for 30 minutes to eat lunch and take a break from my computer. I eat lunch with my husband, daughter and mother-in-law, who watches our daughter during the day.

1:00 PM – Meeting with I-80 design team

I am currently working on the roadway design for the I-80 Reconstruction Design Project. I attend a weekly team meeting on Wednesdays and a monthly I-80 coordination meeting. Because I-80 is still in the early stages of design we have several calls a week regarding project set up and preliminary design. For I-80, my current tasks include setting up design files, coordinating CAD file structure and properties, and confirming geometry elements, such as the alignments and profiles.

2:30 PM – Continue work on Jane Byrne Circle Interchange

I am also working on the Jane Byrne Circle Interchange Reconstruction Project. After the call with I-80 updates, I can get working on the Circle Financial Plan Update, which requires a lot of data analysis from several contracts over several years. I then input the data into a report for FHWA. I make sure to check in with other TranSystems engineers I am working with if they have any questions or if there is any coordination needed.

4:00 PM – Finish projects from the day

I usually start to wrap up the day and get prepared for upcoming projects. One interesting project I’ve been working on is the I-80 Design project been I can’t wait to get into the details more.

4:30 PM – Finish work and spend time with my kids

I stop working at 4:30 pm to take care of my daughter and pick my son up from daycare. We will play outside and then have dinner.

7:00 PM – Finalize certain projects

At 7:00 pm I put my kids to bed and I often work for another one to two hours for projects that require extra work or to make up any time I’ve spent throughout the week at appointments with my kids.

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