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 Noah Reinhart, EI!
Noah Reinhart, EI is celebrating his one-year anniversary as an Engineer I at Chastain-Skillman (CS) this month. Before joining the CS team, Noah graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSVE) and worked as an engineering intern at Biller Reinhart Engineering Group, Inc.
As an Engineer I, Noah spends most of his time working on projects. When he doesn’t get to go out into the field, he works on things like project-related calculations, specifications, reports, and documentation.
Noah has assisted in the completion of various projects at CS, including designing pumps and compressors for the City of Bartow; designing biosolids equipment and preparing facility improvement plans in Wauchula; and preparing bondholder reports for the City of Lakeland Water Utilities.
To mark the third day of National Engineers Week 2022, we talked to Noah about his experiences, fulfilling aspects of his job, and what some of his favorite projects have been during his time at Chastain-Skillman.
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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?
My typical workday would start with me checking my email inbox or looking over any calculations I did the previous day. Mid-morning to noon usually consists of me working on tasks for current projects. This could include performing calculations, writing specifications or reports, and reviewing construction documents. I eat lunch at noon and then reserve the rest of the day for scheduled meetings and project-related work. My favorite part of the workday is the first hour of the morning. I feel most productive and ambitious during this time.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When did you realize you wanted to become an engineer?
Fun fact, I originally wanted to be a Marine Biologist. However, I took an environmental science course in high school that shifted my interest towards a career in environmental protection. My dad is a Structural Engineer and I wanted to take up his line of work. Combining my interest in environmental science and my family’s history of engineering set me on the path of being an Environmental Engineer.
What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
My favorite project I worked on was the improvements to Wauchula’s biosolids handling facility. It is the first project I have been involved in from start to finish.
What, in your opinion, is one of the most underrated skills to have as an engineer?
In my opinion, the most underrated engineering skill is being a team player. Although there is an “i” in engineer, there is no “i” in tasked employees. Projects tend to go smoother when everyone is supportive of one another and strives to resolve conflict in a diplomatic manner.
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?
I take pride in knowing that my work not only helps provide infrastructure for utility service that improves the quality of peoples’ lives but also guarantees a future for it. Also, I continue to work as an engineer because I have gone too far to back out now.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in engineering?
My piece of advice to someone who wants to start a career in engineering is to be patient and never stop learning. Rome wasn’t built in a day, the same applies for engineers.