Career Spotlight: Civil Engineer


Sometimes with engineers there’s a stereotype like no you just like to go inside and be an introvert and just read textbooks all day Definitely not me. I like to talk. I like to hang out with friends. I love basketball. I love sports. Hello everyone my name is Alisha Ballard And I’m a structural engineer currently working at San Francisco Public Works. Structural engineers work on all the
plans in order to develop structures Like bridges, infrastructure like large buildings. Also doing analysis figuring out if those structures are safe So here at San Francisco Public Works I do things like go out on site visits and do bridge inspections. When we go out on a bridge inspection We’re looking at new things that
have occurred with that bridge to see if something has occurred that we need to repair immediately. We take those things seriously for the safety of our community And then also aside from that we go out on facility visits for different projects that we do. And just double-check dimensions. Look at the the scope of the work. You have to make sure that you’re aware of everything going on. And then go back and make sure you design it so that it can go through to construction. So one of the things that I really love about being an engineer is being able to help people. Being part of Public Works means that you are working for the public so you get a chance to give back to your
community. All the structures that I work on everything that I inspect is for the people around me So the first thing that you have to do
when you want to become an engineer is go to college. That was my first step. I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in civil engineering. My advice to students pursuing engineering is definitely find a mentor, find a mentor while you’re in high school even middle school if you can. I found mentorship in my student
organization called NSBE National Society of Black Engineers There were many people that just cared
to see me go somewhere And with that being said, I went to a conference in San
Francisco. And a recruiter picked me out and I got my opportunity here at San Francisco Public Works.

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