For Engineers Week 2020, we're introducing you to a few engineers at Parametrix. They'll be sharing what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering, what they enjoy most about their career, and their advice for those pursuing a career in engineering.
Today, meet JC Hungerford. JC leads Parametrix's Puget Sound Water Division and has 13 years of industry experience.
What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering? I was a chemistry major in college hoping to get into med school and working as a survey intern during the summers. One LONG chemistry lab I was doing titrations as all of my friends were at the ski hill. It suddenly hit me that I likely didn’t have the grades to get into med school, and I didn’t want to be stuck in a chemistry lab for the rest of my life. I really enjoyed surveying and working with the engineers in the office. The next day, I talked to my advisor and changed my major to engineering.
What do you enjoy most about your career in engineering? The people. We not only work with some amazing people here at Parametrix, but our clients too. I have been fortunate enough to become close personal friends with some of our clients which connects you at a deeper level to your work.
What advice would you give to someone pursuing a career in engineering? Be flexible and vary your experience early on as much as possible. This broad base of general understanding has helped me better understand issues my clients may be facing and an approach to help them reach a solution.