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FREDDIE VARGAS, PE

What inspired you to choose your career path?
My father was an employee of the Puerto Rico Department of Public Works and his duties were in roadway construction inspection. As he progressed in his career, the engineers and surveyors of the Public Works Department were teaching him about surveying and other engineering functions.  He migrated to a position as Engineer Assistant and used to take me to his projects during the weekend. I enjoyed listening to his stories about his projects and like any young boy - I wanted to be like him.  He motivated and supported my career as an engineer.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like working with people, thinking creatively and “out of the box” to develop solutions to problems and explaining the results of the planning and development studies that I am involved in. I also enjoy being a mentor. I think it’s important to pass on what I’ve learned over the years to others.

What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about singing, particularly “veladas” – soft and romantic music. I have been singing for more than 45 years and try to never pass up an opportunity to sing. I’m also active in my church choir. I feel like God gave me a voice and I love to share it with my community and glorify his name.  

What is your greatest challenge?
The real challenge is accepting others opinions when I am convinced that I am correct.

Name an important “lessons learned” moment you have experienced.
Several years ago I was at a County Commissioners Meeting representing a client where I saw another engineer making a presentation for another issue not related to my project.  He experienced a very awkward moment when one of the commissioners asked him a question he wasn’t able to answer. Now, my thought was that he had come unprepared to the presentation and put himself into that situation.  About a year later I was representing a City client when I was asked to present about a specific issue in front of that same County Commission. I was assured that the County Commissioners would not ask questions about anything else. As soon as I started my presentation, a commissioner interrupted me and asked several questions about another issue that I was not aware of or prepared for.  I was asked to be seated since I couldn’t answer the question and experienced the same awkwardness that I had witnessed the other engineer go through. My “lesson learned” is to never agree to present about a topic unless you are fully aware of all the issues and are prepared to answer questions. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
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