- Title: Construction Engineer
- Alma Mater: Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
- Hobbies: I really enjoy running and collecting sneakers!
I chose to pursue a career as a Construction Engineer because…
The thing I love most about my job is…
Being able to have a positive impact through projects that thousands of people use every day and there is something new to learn every day.
My favorite thing about TranSystems is…
Working with teams of people from all kinds of construction backgrounds that allow me to gain knowledge from many perspectives.
Since joining TranSystems…
My knowledge of the construction process has continued to grow. I first joined OMEGA my senior year of college as an intern where I got my start in the construction industry. With the acquisition of OMEGA, I’m constantly working at being a better communicator. I realize how important it is to be able to communicate effectively with others based on my growing knowledge of the industry and knowing about all the small details I should be looking for to be the best engineer I can be.
6:30 AM – Begin the day
My workday usually begins at 6:30am in the field. Some days the contractor starts at 6:00am but that is usually when it’s going to be a real hot day outside or if they are running behind and need to catch up on some items. First thing in the morning, I meet with the Foreman and his crew to go over items they will be working on for the day. After we all get on the same page and the contractor begins work, I update PlanGrid (a construction program we use on the NB 90/94 Reconstruction job) to read through my team’s field reports to get caught up on other work activities that have been happening at other locations of our site. I then begin a new field report to track the new day’s work. I finish my morning prep by setting up my Surveying equipment to verify elevations of drainage work that is taking place.
8:00 AM – Inspect drainage work at NB 90/94 Roosevelt Rd to Lake St.
I’m currently working at the NB 90/94 Roosevelt Rd to Lake St Reconstruction Project inspecting drainage work. The bulk of the work involves removing old drainage systems and installing new ones.
10:00 AM – Daily check-in with other construction engineers
Every day I meet with the other OMEGA/TranSystems Construction Engineers in the field. We communicate on a daily basis since most of our work overlaps and there are some items that should take precedent over others. Communicating with the other engineers is one of my favorite parts of this job since being part of this project is a huge collaborative effort.
12:00 PM – Lunch break
When inspecting a fast-paced activity, it is sometimes hard to sneak in a lunch because stepping away could mean missing something important. I personally have to be on top of my crews as they complete pipe runs because once they are buried and lids are installed on drainage structures it is much harder taking elevation shots. If I know I am going to have a busy day I usually prep a cold lunch which is easy and quick to eat.
1:00 PM – Complete daily reports
Every day I complete Field Reports, Inspection Daily Reports, take my field measurements, take survey shots, complete mark ups for project progress and take progress pictures. Sometimes the order of these items change based on the work going on in the field but it’s generally all done by the end of the day.
2:00 PM – Coordination and meetings
Begin coordination for the next day’s work with contractor and other engineers. Attend any work progress team meetings.
4:00 PM – Wrap-up the workday
My workday usually wraps up at 4:00 pm. Once the contractor wraps up their work, I put away all my equipment, finish my Field Report for the day, begin my to-do list for the next day and send out any emails I need to. Next I grab a quick dinner.
5:00 – 7:00 PM – Weekly mentorship meeting
I am involved in a volunteering program called ACE Mentorship Program. TranSystems is involved in other cities of the US, but I am currently the only mentor taking part in Chicago. The program aims to introduce high school students to Architecture, Construction and Engineering. Students work on projects after being paired with professionals in their industry of interest. Mentors guide students through the construction process from Design to Construction and finish the program with a final project presentation. Some of these projects have already been constructed or are mockup projects that the students come up with. Mentors and students meet once a week in person for 16 weeks at different firm offices across Chicago.
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Workout
Go to the gym/go on a run between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Have a quick snack and go to bed at about 10:30 pm.
I’m currently studying for my EIT certification. I am looking forward to taking that in early November!