At DRMP Since:
“I love that I was given the opportunity to work on projects right away with seasoned engineers. It has helped me build a career. Not many companies provide those type of opportunities.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
Originally I was a computer engineering major. After graduating from high school I noticed there was an ever-growing market in the tech/computer world so I felt it made sense to pursue something related to technology and computers. However, after taking a couple of advanced classes in computer programming and data structures I realized that computer engineering wasn’t for me. I had to go back to the drawing board and figure out what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to stay in engineering because of my strong background in science so I ended up choosing civil engineering because of how diverse the profession is and the importance of its structure in our society. I really enjoy what I do, so I don’t regret my decision a single bit!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy watching a project progress from the very early stages all the way to completion. It’s very interesting experiencing all the changes the projects go through at each submittal stage and the final reward is seeing the project complete and constructed.
What are you most passionate about?
Spending my free time with family and friends doing simple things like going out for dinner, walking on the beach, bike riding on the trail, etc. Also, I’m originally from South America where soccer (football!) is basically a second religion to all of us, so I enjoy playing soccer and watching games from different soccer leagues around the world on the weekends. I also play in a recreational league with a couple of other fellow DRMP employees once a week.
What is your greatest challenge?
I think the greatest challenge engineers face is trying to stay up to date with the constant changes in design software, design standards, and specifications.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
I’ve learned to never underestimate a project. The “beauty” of working in a smaller office is that you get exposed to projects of different sizes and varying scopes. After working on roadway projects, you think you won’t have any problems dealing with smaller scale projects such as a sidewalk improvements but they can also be very challenging in their own way! Smaller projects usually come bundled with smaller budgets and fast-paced schedules that require a lot of creativity and hard work to get things done.