In 1907, the first professional engineering license was issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming. Since that time, licensure has expanded and professional engineers across the U.S. have made the commitment to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. To raise awareness about what it means to become a PE, we interviewed our newest Structural Engineer Gus Boyer about his career path.
I didn't know what I wanted to be when I was applying for college, but I knew I was good at math and I liked art (my mom is an artist). I thought maybe I wanted to be an architect because it's a hybrid between math and art, but since you needed a portfolio to apply to most programs I decided Civil Engineering would be the next best thing. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought because it's as much math as it is art and I realized it gave me the opportunity to give back to society and the environment.
I graduated from Barnstable High School, then went on to get a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UMass Amherst. Prior to this role I spent 5 summers and winter breaks working in the family carpentry business and an internship as a Field Operations Intern for Consigli Construction Corporation.
Currently, I am learning the ropes at Coastal Engineering Co.and soon expect to be assisting the Structural team in preparing project deliverables, design plans, and construction documents, conducting field inspections, reviewing shop drawings, and performing calculations. I took the FE on July 24th as the first step towards an EIT and then eventually getting my PE so that I could advance my career.
To all engineers, thank you for your meaningful contributions to our communities! We appreciate the hard work you do each and every day!