Steven M. Walker
Senior Project Engineer – Monrovia
Where did you attend college, and what did you study?
I attended University of Florida and studied Environmental Engineering.
What is some of your past experience in the engineering field?
I have 20 years of experience in the design of municipal water and wastewater treatment and conveyance systems and pumping and storage systems. I hold Professional Engineer registrations in both Florida and California. My project experience includes all aspects of design from early conceptual stages to the creation of design documents (drawings and specifications) through final construction oversight. My planning experience includes computerized hydraulic modeling and construction cost estimates of present and future system needs.
What drew you to work for Civiltec? What do you like best about working at Civiltec (so far)?
In considering to join Civiltec, I was most impressed with the resumes of the leadership in the company. In reviewing backgrounds of the key staff I noted the heavy emphasis on municipal water and wastewater systems design that correlated well to my own background and professional interests. From day one at Civiltec I have been challenged to work on a wide variety of water and wastewater projects and not a day has gone by that did not fill my interests.
What are some of your favorite types of projects to work on? What are you most excited to tackle?
I enjoy projects where I act in a role as a technical design leader of a group of younger engineers and designers who are eager to learn. My interests focus on a hands-on design approach as opposed to pure project management. It is in this type of role where I shine the best and it allows me to have the ability to act as a mentor to the design team working on the project.
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I have a strong interest in nature. When I’m not working I often hike trails in the local area for exercise and to soak in the natural beauty. On longer breaks from working I enjoying camping and often choose off-the-beaten path areas such as national forest lands as opposed to developed camping sites in state or national parks. During a recent trip to the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, I placed my camp site on an isolated ridge surrounded on 3 sides by near vertical drops of over 1,000 feet and a breath-taking view (see photo below).