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Jon Wardner, EIT joined the Encorus team one year ago this month as an Associate Structural Engineer.  We asked him some questions to get to know him a little better.

How did you get started in your career?
My first engineering experience was working for the NYSDOT as a TCI (Transportation Construction Inspector) where I observed the construction of an integral abutment steel girder bridge built over the 290 in Tonawanda, NY.

What advice would you give someone hoping to enter your career field?
There is a separation between academics and practicing engineering. If you know any practicing engineers, a conversation with them could give you more insight into what it’s like to work in the fields you’re considering.

What is the most valuable career lesson you’ve learned so far?
When you think you know everything, that is the precise moment you stop learning.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
I like to play board games and video games with my friends when I can. If I’m alone, I really enjoy building LEGOs or watching TV.

What was your first paying job, and would you go back to it if you could?
My first paying job was a lifeguard / swim coach. There is definitely part of me that would like to go back. Engineering is great, but nothing beats sitting in the sun all summer long.

What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
I would bring a copy of these three books:

  • ASCE7 (American Society of Civil Engineers)
  • ACI318 (American Concrete Institute)
  • AISC360 (American Institute of Steel Construction)