Virginia Paving Engineer Scott Martinez is an integral member of our Alexandria paving team. In his role, he is tasked with new challenges each day that requires him and his team to react quickly and responsibly. This, according to Scott, is both the challenge and the joy of our industry. He talks about the pride that comes from working with like-minded individuals to build projects from the ground up successfully.
Q: What made you pursue engineering?
A: I was always a bit of a nerd, but what pushed me to engineering was watching the show “Engineering an Empire” on the History Channel as a kid. I was thoroughly impressed by the significance that infrastructure had on the security, economy, longevity, and pride of a nation, something which some people take for granted until it is no longer functioning as intended.
Q: What drew you to the civil construction industry over other engineering fields?
A: Civil Construction is dynamic and exposes you to a variety of different players involved in the construction process. It also allows you to work with a team of like-minded people who are working together to building something from the ground up; this gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment once the project is successfully turned over to the client for its intended use.
Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: Adapting to and overcoming project obstacles is always a challenge, in my opinion. Being able to adjust to changes in scope, sequencing of work, and meeting the customers’ expectations is difficult but rewarding once completed.
Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Working collaboratively with the project/plant team to overcome obstacles involved in the planning and execution of the project is very rewarding. Not only are you working together to accomplish a common goal, but you are also learning and growing as a team.
Q: What are your aspirations within this company?
A: I still have more to learn, but my goal would be to become a Project Manager.