Josh Hammermeister

Civil Engineering (2018)

Associate Engineer/Junior Project Manager - TRC Environmental Corp.

What are your primary job responsibilities?

Field Project Construction Management, Quality Assurance/Quality Control coordination for design projects.

Describe what your day-to-day work life looks like.

Currently I’m designated as a Canada-based engineer working on CN Railroad facility projects, currently a WWTP overhaul. On-site days are spent between observing and documenting work performed, reviewing mechanical and civil installations, operating and balancing the wastewater treatment system and performing office tasks such as submittal and RFI (request for information) responses, change order writing, report logging for the one project. In addition I oversee two other projects in design and construction phases helping other on-site engineers with questions. I’m in constant communication with the client to coordinate work activities, give updates, and provide information and preliminary design and calculations for future projects. I have a hands on role with the contractor providing confirmations of design and their construction, sometimes lending a helping hand for tricky installations. As I’m in my third year with the company, I’ve taken on more responsibility meaning I help coordinate tasks for other EITs in office for several other projects I’ve been added to as junior project manager so communication is important every day on task completion and guidance.

What is most rewarding about your job?

When I see projects complete and designs come together from what was originally plan sheets to constructed structures. As a wastewater engineer/operator, seeing the changes to operations make a positive change to effluent quality is exciting and helps me realize that this is what I wanted to do since I could remember. Making a positive impact in the world.

What is most challenging about your job?

I’ve been in Canada for the past two years on multiple projects that has brought me from the west coast to the east coast. Packing my life in a suitcase can be difficult but knowing I get to explore a new place and help out makes it worth it.

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