Chelsea HernandezChelsea Hernandez

Staff Engineer – Monrovia

Where did you attend college, and what did you study?

I studied Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University in Northern California where the Redwoods meet the ocean.

What drew you to working for Civiltec? What do you like best about working at Civiltec (so far)?

To be quite honest, I was not aware I was applying to Civiltec, as Wendy (the recruiter) reached out to me based on my resume. She called me for a phone interview and informed me that the position they were looking for was a Project Engineer (P.E.) preferably with 5-7 plus years of experience. I did not exactly fit the credentials but, after the phone interview, she was insistent on getting me in for a face-to-face interview with Civiltec. She got the job done and got me the interview. Least to say I walked out of the interview with a big smile on my face. I knew I would be helping at the City of Beverly Hills with projects working under Vince Damasse, Water Resources Manager at the City of Beverly Hills Public Works Department. The day after the interview with Civiltec, I had an interview for the position of Water Resources Engineer with the Department of Water Resources, which was COMPLETELY different. I knew right away that if David Byrum contacted me again about a position, I would not hesitate to portray my interest in working for them. David contacted me and invited me for a lunch with Greg and Vince. We talked it out and he offered me a job that day. Since I was seeking full-time employment, David made it possible for me to be a full-time Civiltec Staff Engineer while the details on me being Assistant Engineer at the City of Beverly Hills Public Works Office were being finalized.  

What are some of your favorite types of projects to work on?

My favorite types of projects to work on are projects where I get hands-on experience. At my last job, I was constantly out in the field, sometimes four out of five days of the working week. My brain works best when I know the on-site details of a project, rather than going off pictures. I like the design and modeling side of engineering, especially learning and using advanced computational software to my advantage in order to solve a complex problem or to design a complex system.

When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?

When I am not working, I am in the studio behind a wheel working with clay! I also enjoy yoga, being at the beach as often as I can, hiking, swimming, and spending time with friends.

Is there a particular hobby, interest or skill you have that other employees might not know about?

I am a ceramist on the side. I started my sophomore year in college, fell in love with getting my hands dirty with clay and decided to pursue it as a side hustle. With that, I like to incorporate my drawing and painting techniques.