Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technician – Monrovia
Where did you attend college, and what did you study?
I earned my B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona as of December 2020.
What drew you to working for Civiltec?
A former classmate from Cal Poly Pomona had told me about an opening for a Staff Engineer position. After researching Civiltec online, I felt that the company’s water engineering projects aligned with my burning desire to serve the community and do meaningful work. I didn’t have quite enough experience to get the Staff Engineer position, but I think my passion and sincerity made a difference because I was fortunate enough to be asked if I’d be willing to come aboard as an intern. After a few months as an Engineering Intern, I’m grateful to have been brought on full time.
What do you like best about your new role?
As a CAD Technician, I’m really strengthening my foundation with the AutoCAD software and getting to see how the engineering we do in the office translates into real-life design. The position has also allowed me to get to work with the designers in the office more closely, who have been so helpful in answering my technical and design questions. I really like how well-rounded being at Civiltec is making me, because I get to have a hand in both the engineering work and the design work which gives me a more holistic understanding of the projects we do. I also have the privilege of drafting for our in-house electrical engineer Stephen Younger, who has showed me a lot of the electrical side of the work we do that is so essential to our civil projects.
What are some of your favorite types of projects to work on?
Some of the bigger new projects I’ve worked on include: creating a technical memorandum for Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCVWA) to assess the water demand and proposing a water pipe network for a new development happening in their area, aiding Stephen Younger with drafting electrical sheets for a new water treatment plant for the City of Pasadena and revising a Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) for Catalina Island.
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I think almost everyone in the office knows by now that I only have one real hobby, which is working out. I’m always trying to get my fellow colleagues to train with me or at least do some push ups in the office at the end of the day. What some might not know is that I also really enjoy watching anime and reading manga.