Project Engineer, Industrial Division
3M, Sikorsky, and Curaleaf
How long have you been with O&G? I started in late August of 2022.
Did you attend a trade school or college? I graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
How did you get started in the industry? Growing up, I always enjoyed math and science, so I knew I wanted to choose a field where I could utilize those skills. I was drawn to civil engineering because I enjoy architecture, and the process of creating something out of nothing is very rewarding.
How has your role at O&G evolved over time? I started as a project intern in the Industrial Division and was offered a full-time role as a project engineer.
What is the most interesting project you’ve worked on here, and why? So far, the most interesting project I have worked on is one for the industrial division. It contained a structure that spins and tests how strong the helicopter blades are, and I had never heard of anything like this before. The foundation for this structure was also interesting because it required a special concrete mixture designed to be 6,000PSI and to be monitored and tested for the first 48 hours.
This project has also been my proudest accomplishment in my career so far. I had the opportunity to present to my colleagues my experience on the project at a Building Group gathering in June.
Tell us something interesting or unique about your current project. We are currently working on demolishing a building for a client. But, before this can happen, we need to strengthen the retaining wall in the basement that is currently supporting another building on the site. We are working with Keller Engineering to do some soil nailing and then placing shotcrete on the wall.
What do you enjoy most about working at O&G? The balance between the office side and the field side. Being able to split my time between the two has given me the opportunity to become more well-rounded in my position.
What do you think makes O&G’s culture unique? A family-run company of this size that performs as much work as it does is very unique. The fact that they do all types of projects and even produce some of the materials they use is very different from most companies.
What advice do you have for someone considering a career in construction? This industry is constantly changing, and there is always something new to learn, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.