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Meet New Professional Engineer, Tom Jordan


Tom Jordan from our Spokane, WA office recently earned his Professional Engineer’s (PE) license, a major career milestone. He shares what inspired him to pursue a career in civil engineering, projects he’s working on, career goals, and his advice for others working toward their PE license.

Tell us about your professional background.

I graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and started at Taylor Engineering in 2014, a couple years before we became Parametrix. I worked as a construction inspector for the Spokane International Airport’s Taxiway Reconfiguration Project.

I’ve had the awesome experience of being able to work on a lot of different types of projects since then. Some of the bigger projects I’ve been a part of include the Northern Quest Casino Expansion, Rowan Avenue Rehabilitation, Fort Lewis ... (more)


AAPI Employee-Owner Spotlight: Alvin Valencia


In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employee-owners who will discuss their careers, families, culture, and more. Today, meet Alvin Valencia, a Designer from our Puyallup, WA office.

What’s your role at Parametrix, where are you located, and what are some projects that you are proud to have worked on?

I’ve been at Parametrix going on my 15 years now and it’s the best career move I’ve ever made; I love our company. I’m a structural detailer for the Bridge Group in Puyallup and ... (more)


Meet Our New Professional Engineers


Earning a professional engineer’s license is a major career milestone. Recently, four employee-owners at Parametrix passed the exam to earn theirs. Congratulations to Chris Johnson, Brandon Moss, Marcus Vassey, and Scott Weirich! I asked them a few questions about their careers and their advice for others. Read their responses below.


Chris Johnson

Chris joined the Seattle Transportation group in 2018. He graduated from Washington State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Chris Johnson headshot

What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?

I have always been interested in science, how things work, problem solving, and building things. Th... (more)


Meet Tresia Gonzalez: Transportation Planner and Member of the LGBTQ Community


June is Pride Month! To celebrate we'll be featuring Parametrix employee-owners who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Tresia Gonzalez. Tresia is a Senior Planner in the Seattle Transportation group. She has been with Parametrix for 18 years and specializes in major corridor studies and traffic modeling.

Tresia participated in our emerging leaders program and now serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She identifies as queer.

I asked Tresia a few questions about her personal life and career. Read her responses below.


What drew you to the transportation industry? What inspires you about your work?

I actually didn’t intend to do the work I do!

Within the civil engineering department, I focused on environmental, taking classes such as hazardous waste and ground water flow. Towards the... (more)


Meet Nicole Lipe, Recent Graduate of UC Berkeley and New Member of Parametrix's Seattle Construction Management Group


Meet one of the newest employee-owners at Parametrix, Nicole Lipe. Nicole joins our Seattle Construction Management group. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2018 and comes to Parametrix from Manson Construction where she worked on projects in Alaska, California, and Washington.

We asked Nicole a few questions about herself and her career – get to know her by reading her responses below!


Tell us about yourself – what are your hobbies, interests? Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Seattle, moved to Colorado for boarding school, and then went to college in California. I moved back to Seattle last year and am loving being back in the PNW!

Some of my favorite pastimes are spin classes, crossword puzzles, getting outdoors whether it be walking, going to a park, etc., and spending time with f... (more)