"I actually love coming to work every day. Not everyone can truly say that, but I love my team and my profession."
STAFF ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
BURNS & MCDONNELL
After graduating from high school, I joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, I pursued a degree in electrical engineering at Missouri Science & Technology. I am currently attending Rockhurst University and working toward earning a master’s degree in business administration.
What's been your most rewarding project(s) while at your firm?
I worked with a team that designed a new substation in Fort McMurray, Canada, for a large utility client. The total engineering-procure-construct (EPC) cost for this specific project was north of $100 million. Despite a challenging weather environment, we were able to deliver this project under budget, on time and with no safety violations. We were all happy with the finished product and so was the client.
Another rewarding project I supported was the Newark Switching Station for a major utility in the Northeast. It was unique because the substation was on the roof of a building and we were designing and constructing it. I worked alongside one of the best project managers in the industry and built a strong relationship with the client. Today, it supplies power for local universities and businesses. Both substation projects helped our clients provide safer, more reliable and resilient energy to millions of customers in Canada and the U.S. I learned so much during each project about the entire design and construction process, while building strong relationships with our clients and partners.
Most interesting place you've traveled for work?
Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to travel across the U.S. and within Canada. The most interesting places I’ve traveled would be Fort McMurray, Canada, and Newark, New Jersey.
What inspires you about your profession?
I actually love coming to work every day. Not everyone can truly say that, but I love my team and my profession. In my job as an electrical engineer, I get to partner with clients to solve their greatest electrical transmission and distribution challenges and in turn, help them support their clients (family, friends and loved ones). With technology rapidly changing, my industry is constantly evolving, and I love that I get to work with my fellow employee-owners to harness the latest and greatest developments to support our clients.