Chastain-Skillman is excited to celebrate National Engineers Week 2022 by recognizing our talented & dedicated engineering staff. Each day in #EWeek2022, we’ll highlight members of our team on social media and in our blog. Today we’re chatting with Lisa Lassi, PE!
Lisa Lassi, PE has been a proud member of the Chastain-Skillman (CS) team for over four decades. As a native Floridian, Lisa attended and graduated from the University of South Florida, earning both her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and her Master of Engineering (ME). Throughout her 42 years in the engineering industry, Lisa has worked for clients such as Century Realty Funds, Inc., CF Industries, Inc., Drummond Company, Inc., Polk County Utilities, Villages of Highlands Ridge, and even various cities in the Central Florida area.
As a Senior Engineer in the Lakeland office at CS, Lisa contributes to the design and construction of various projects, specializing in permitting, specifications, water/wastewater engineering, and construction engineering. She also assists with the preparation of bidding, construction, reports, and other administrative documents for projects she works on.
Lisa is registered in Professional Engineering (PE) in her home state of Florida. She has proudly contributed to countless projects with Chastain-Skillman, working with over 20 different clients, both public and private, in the state of Florida.
To mark the first day of National Engineers Week 2022, we talked to Lisa about her experiences, the fulfilling aspects of her job, and what some of her favorite projects have been over the course of her 42 years in the industry.
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Describe your typical day: What do you do as soon as you get to the office? What takes up most of your time? What is your favorite part of the workday?
Check my emails/phone calls and complete my timesheet for the previous day. Working on projects takes up most of my time. My favorite part of the workday is when I can really focus on what I am working on and feel like I’m making good progress.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When did you realize you wanted to become an engineer?
I did not know, but I knew I did not want to be a nurse, a secretary, or a teacher. I started out as a draftsman. I always enjoyed math, so it was a natural progression to finish my education as an engineering major.
What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
No particular project, but I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work for several Cities on their water and wastewater projects over the years.
What, in your opinion, is one of the most underrated skills to have as an engineer?
What is one of the most fulfilling aspects of your job as an engineer? Why have you continued to be an engineer all of these years?
Being appreciated for helping our clients. I also enjoy who I work with and I appreciate the flexibility I have had to be both a parent and a professional while our daughters were growing up.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in engineering?
If you love math, problem-solving, and you’re a very detail-oriented person, you will probably enjoy an engineering profession.