What do you love about your job and what you do?
Surveying is a unique and challenging career with excellent prospects and opportunities for advancement. It is a job that requires a wide variety of skills and knowledge, both physically and mentally, and provides a broad spectrum of different working environments.
What or who motivated you to choose your career?
I worked for three years as a conductor on the Canadian Pacific Railway, that spawned an interest in the transportation discipline of civil engineering. I started school in 2013 soon after leaving the railroad, originally working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, but decided in 2015 to transition to an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering Technology. While in tech school, I was exposed to surveying for the first time, and found out about the Bachelor’s Degree in Land Surveying at St. Cloud State. I decided to take that program on, starting in the fall of 2017, and graduated in December of 2019. Three months later, here I am!
What’s the most interesting project you have worked on and why?
I worked part-time for the Hennepin County Surveyor’s Office while going to school at St. Cloud State, and the lion’s share of my time there was devoted to a project that I was given the freedom to individually plan and execute. The project was a comprehensive analysis, inventory, and digitization of around 450 historic railroad plats in Hennepin County’s possession for use by the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s online Right-of-Way Mapping and Management application. The project was a big success and began paying dividends in the surveying community immediately. The project was interesting because it was a first-of-its-kind for the office I was working in, so it had to be built from the ground up.