Engineering is both a blessing and a curse. You get to see the fruits of your labor out in the real world, but you can’t drive down a highway without analyzing every bit of its design. The best part about this job is seeing your design completed and being used. I’ve had two or three of my designs make it to construction in my short career, and it’s a great feeling of accomplishment. My dad is a Civil Engineer as well, so I guess you could say it’s in the genes. (Insert story about playing Legos as a kid or taking apart blenders, remote control cars, or anything else to figure out how it worked).
As a Transportation Engineer with SCHEMMER, I typically work on the geometric design of highways and city streets in our Tulsa office. We have designed several rural highways throughout Oklahoma, as well as some urban streets in Tulsa. Anything from generating alignments and surface modeling to drainage design and plan production is right in my wheel house. I particularly enjoy the complicated projects that require problem solving and ingenuity. Civil Engineering is the first and only career I’ve known, unless you count frying chicken and cooking etouffee at a Cajun restaurant during my freshman year of college.