Senior Project Engineer at Skanska
Former Engineer Equipment Mechanic and Marine Security Guard in the United States Marine Corps (USMC)
- 1.5 years managing BIM, RFIs, submittals, safety, subcontractor coordination, field QA/QC and cost management at Skanska
- 2 years working on heavy equipment used for building forward operating bases; 3 years providing security overseas for American Embassies and Consulates
How has your military training helped you at Skanska?
My military training has helped me through discipline, perseverance and adaptability. There are many tasks that go into building a project and my military training has helped me focus and prioritize the items that need to be completed and apply discipline to execute those tasks. There are long work hours in this industry and my military training has helped me keep the mindset of persevering to get the job done. The military has helped me be adaptable so I can switch tasks and take care of what is most important.
How do the values of Skanska and the military align?
The USMC values are Honor, Courage and Commitment. In Skanska, I can see these values as being ethical, taking initiative and commitment to customers.
What advice do you offer Veterans trying to transition into construction?
My advice to Veterans would be to keep their military mentality and apply it to construction. There are a lot of correlations in the industry and their transferrable skills from the military directly benefit our field.
What value do Veterans bring to the industry?
Veterans bring so much to the industry—including values, work ethic, leadership and a different perspective. For Marines, there’s an acronym for leadership traits of JJDIDTIEBUCKLE. If everyone lived by these traits, we would have a better industry overall.