Celebrating Engineers Week 2019 – Drew Flamion, P.E.
WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ENGINEER?
Looking back, it was fairly obvious. At a very young age, I had a fleet of large Tonka toys consisting of dozers, scrapers, dump trucks, excavators, etc. I would spend countless hours building roads in the backyard of my dedicated soil pile. From there, I acquired a fascination with Legos and built everything imaginable.
In high school, I developed a love for math and complex problem solving and continued my desire for building structures by working for a residential construction company. At that point, I realized I did not want to roof houses for a living and would rather design them! After graduation, I enrolled at the University of Evansville. It was not until my third year at the university that I realized I wanted to become a water resource engineer. I have to give credit to Dr. Brian Swenty, who started off my first hydraulic class with “God I love water! – It’s so exciting!” I had never seen someone so passionate about resolving any water-related issue. Needless to say, his passion became mine.
Upon completing my education at Evansville, I sought a career in water resources, which led me to Commonwealth Engineers. That was nearly 13 years ago, and to this day I still have that passion for water resource engineering and striving to make communities a better place.
My advice to anyone pursuing engineering – don’t hesitate! It’s a highly rewarding field with diverse opportunities. The engineering field is fast-paced, team-driven, and always has a unique set of challenges to conquer!
– Drew Flamion, P.E.