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Civil Engineer
Transportation Engineer #1055


Pathway:
Engineering, Industrial and Technological Sciences

Challenges:
 Challenge No. 1

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Transportation Engineer #1055

Working for the Iowa Department of Transportation was a natural choice for this civil engineer. She worked there while she was in college and really enjoyed being outdoors on work sites.

As the assistant residency engineer for her part of the state, she works with contractors to assure their work is in compliance with state contracts and meets the required state standards.

On a typical day, she reviews road construction schedules in the area, informs the public of possible traffic delays caused by the construction and travels to one or more of the sites to confer with contractors. She is also responsible for inspecting the work site and documenting her observations. At first, she was uncomfortable working around heavy machinery, but now it doesn't bother her.

She decided to go back to school when her children graduated from high school. She will tell you she felt uncomfortable in college at first, because of her age and the fact she was one of only a handful of women in her classes. But she really enjoyed classes and felt support from instructors and other students and soon felt quite comfortable as a non-traditional student.

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