Engineers Week

Founded by National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, Engineers Week or EWeek (February 21–27, 2021) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.  In honor of this past Engineers Week, we asked some of our amazing “E” staff members 1) why they chose this career path and 2) what’s their favorite part of the job.  Here’s what they had to say:

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Felix Nishida

  1. I became an Engineer, because I had an interest in the classes at school and the job prospects were better than other fields.
  2. My favorite part of being an Engineer is the variety of work as well as the opportunity to work in the outdoors.



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Jonathan Wilson

  1. The ability to be involved in projects where you see a tangible outcome and accomplishment.
  2. The variety of projects and type of work that we get to do.




Luke Silvis

  1. Why did I want to be an engineer?  I guess it’s because I have always enjoyed building things.  You could even say it stems back to my days as a kid when I would spend most of the summer building a network of roads and bridges for my Hot Wheels cars in the small dirt patch between our house and the shed.  I have always had a great appreciation for taking something from a simple idea and making it a reality.  As an engineer, I get to do that very thing.  I stand at the site of a project, imagine a solution for what it could be, and then watch as that vision begins to take shape. 
  2. Image of Luke SilvisMy favorite part about being a Forest Service Engineer is by far the place that it allows me to work, the Forest.  My favorite day at work is everyday that I am in the woods.  I have the privilege of working on projects in some of the most scenic places imaginable and at the same time maintaining infrastructure in some of the most challenging landscapes conceivable.  There is almost nothing routine about our work as every project has its own unique set of challenges.  A lot of the work we do will either have lasting benefits to the ecosystem or it will have lasting benefits for everyone to access and enjoy their National Forest Land.  As someone who spends a lot of my own free time exploring the National Forest, I take a great deal of pride in knowing that I am helping to create something that others will benefit from and be able to enjoy for decades to come. 

Brian Hindman

  1. To develop a keen sense of problem solving, design understanding and how to improve our built environment with better design, intent, and function.
  2. Accomplishment and implementation of the many hours spent designing and project management coordination to see the design utilized, constructed, and used.