Work at Schemmer. I primarily work on municipal infrastructure projects consisting of streets, storm sewers, sanitary sewer collection and water main distribution projects. In addition to designing and managing projects, I’ve also been fortunate to be heavily involved during the construction phase of those projects.
Favorite project. We worked on a small street/traffic signal project in Grand Island that began back in 2008 and just recently oversaw construction last fall. Up until that point, we pursued a number of opportunities with the City and experienced zero success through the many trials and tribulations (city staff turnover, changes in federal regulations and process, budget challenges, etc.).However, we persevered, stuck with it, and have since built a great relationship with the City and have been able to work with them on several other projects. I believe that “Success is not measured by the size of the project, it’s about relationships strengthened by working together to solve problems.”
Rewarding aspects of engineering. One of the most rewarding parts about my job, is seeing a project I designed get constructed. Although many engineering solutions to the built environment can go unnoticed, it’s a great feeling to be able to make a positive impact on thousands of people every day, and not a lot of professions allow for that.
Early inspirations. Growing up around my dad’s lawn business left me mechanically inclined at a young age, and I am not one to be afraid of a little grease under my fingernails. I learned how to troubleshoot and figure out how tractors operate and when they don’t operate. I truly enjoy “tinkering” to see why something works or doesn’t work, so engineering seemed to be the appropriate career path for me.
Values and goals. Hard work and dedication are important principles to me, which I owe to my parents. I don’t like letting people down and want to do my best on everything I do.
Passions. Outside of the workplace, my passion is spending time in the outdoors, whether that is hunting, fishing, hiking or playing sports, such as tennis, with our children. It has been fun to watch them learn the sport over the years. I am also active in the men’s ministry at my church, and we just got back from our annual fly fishing trip.