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Engineering:

Engineering is the creative application of scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination; or to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation or safety to life and property.


Local Professional Profiles: $25 – 28/hour (average entry level wage)

DANIEL CERMINARO - Civil Engineer at Redi Rock International, LLC Michigan Technological University - Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Master of Science in Civil Engineering

DANIEL CERMINARO – Civil Engineer at Redi Rock International, LLC Michigan Technological University – Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – Master of Science in Civil Engineering

“If someone were to become a civil engineer, the best advice would be to try to pursue a higher degree. The knowledge that you gain in a graduate program is incomparable to what you get in undergrad.”

  • CIVIL ENGINEER: DAILY TASKS
    – Work with customers and clients to come up with creative solutions for projects
    – Design, build, supervise, operate, and maintain construction projects in the public and private sector
    – Roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, water supply and sewage treatment systems
    – Design personal and public projects for individual and commercial spaces
  • CAREER JOURNEY
    – Worked for Cottage Renovators for five months in 2009
    – Was self-employed as a Construction Contractor in 2010 while obtaining an Associate in General Studies from West Shore Community College
    – Graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2013
    – Graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering 2014
    – Became a Civil Engineer for Redi Rock in 2015

QUINN RIDLEY – Geotechnical & Civil Engineer at Northwest Design Group, Inc. Kellogg Community College – Associate of Science in Engineering University of New Orleans – Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

“The best part about working in Northern Michigan is the wide exposure I get to different projects all over Northern Michigan, the upper peninsula, and even downstate. I grew up in Indian River, so I wanted to come back and raise my family here, as I have a lot of roots in the area.”

  • G E O T E C H N I C A L /
    C I V I L E N G I N E E R DAILY TASKS
    – Design retaining walls
    – Analyze foundations for bearing capacity and settlement
    – Create foundation reports for several testing sites
    – Design civil engineering projects which require site design
    – Work on DNR – funded projects
    – Fill out inspection forms and other paperwork
  • CAREER JOURNEY
    – Graduated from Kellogg Community College with an Associate of Science in Engineering in 2009
    – Graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2012
    – Worked as a soil technician and foundation inspector in the Houston – New Orleans area for a few years
    – Relocated to Northern Michigan to raise his family
    – Was sought out and hired at Northwest Design Group, Inc.

Local Student Profile:

MELODYANN HARMON - Engineering Technician Intern at Northwest Design Group, Inc. North Central Michigan College - Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Michigan Technological University - Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

MELODYANN HARMON – Engineering Technician Intern at Northwest Design Group, Inc. North Central Michigan College – Associate of Applied Science in Engineering
Michigan Technological University – Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

“At my internship, I have used my concrete density classes
that I have taken when we test the subgrade for compaction
to make sure that we can build on it. We check the concrete
we mix to make sure it will pass PSI standards to make sure
that when a semi or another heavy vehicle drives over it, it
will not crack.”

  • THINGS YOU’LL LEARN
    -How to apply mathematics and scientificc knowledge to real-life situations
    – How to take environmental, financial, legal, and ethical considerations into account when issues arise
    – Mechanics, geotechnics, hydraulics, structures, materials sciences, statistical analysis, building environment, maths
  • POST GRADUATE PREPARATION
    – Learn how to shape, build, maintain, and expand societies from development to evaluation
    – Become familiar with planning, designing, budgeting, surveying, and managing and analyzing construction

Engineering Programs in the Area:

Computer Aided Design – (C) – North Central Michigan College

Computer Aided Design – (AAS) – Baker College – Cadillac

Mechatronics – (AAS) – Baker College – Cadillac

Along with higher education facilities, our local school systems offer the following Career and Technical Education programs:

Drafting and Design Technology – (CTE) – Char-Em ISD


CTE – Career Technical Education
C – Certificate

AAS – Associate of Applied Science


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