I was looking for a co-op related to mechanical engineering my 3rd year of college. I had just finished my first summer co-op. I got a lead on a couple engineering firms in this industry that were busy so I applied, had two offers and picked one. I instantly appreciated seeing the results of work I was doing here locally at buildings and companies I knew.
I’ve had the chance to work with some very talented engineers, managers, and mentors from the moment I entered this industry. I have tried to learn whatever I can from their experiences and wisdom that they have shared and taught. That has allowed me to learn faster than I thought I could.
It turned out that I really enjoyed this industry from the beginning. Having the ability to help improve and shape our buildings and their comfort and energy use is both motivating and rewarding.
If I’m not at home playing with my 2 year old son, then my wife and I are usually looking up new recipes to try.
I grew up in Willoughby, OH. My family moved away my first year of college but I have often gone back to visit friends. I’m only 45 minutes away now and enjoy stopping by and seeing the town even though it has changed a lot.
Becoming a registered professional engineer really meant a lot to me. I had been focused on it since college and studied a lot to pass it well. I’ve also got a box of old soccer and tennis trophies somewhere still… I think.
2 years ago, I would have said my computer. Now I’d say my phone.