Engineers Week: Meet Jay!

Name: Jay A. Stankiewicz, PE ….(Not JASON….only my mother can refer to me as that…LOL)

Engineering Discipline: Civil – Transportation

Years in the field: 19 Years

Hobbies outside of work: Spending time with my kids, home improvement, backpacking/camping, playing Minecraft with my son

Fun fact: I was in “Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program” when I was 9 as a “little brother.” Thirty-four years later I am still very close to my “Big Brother” Judge John C. Foster and his wife. They consider me a son and I consider them a second set of parents. They are actively involved in my life and my children’s lives.

Also, I am probably one of few select group of people that took the PE exam and passed both times!

When did you know you wanted to be an engineer and what drew you to your specific engineering discipline?
I think I knew when I was 10 or 12. My mom was a single mom with limited income, so when things broke around the house I would tear them apart to fix them. She purchased me the Time-Life book series on home repair/improvement. By the age of 14, I had replaced the motor in the furnace and the defrost element in the freezer, completed numerous plumbing repairs, a few electrical upgrades, and fixed the dishwasher.

My “Big Brother” had his mind set that I was going to college, so he was very instrumental in me becoming an engineer.

What would most people be surprised to learn about the engineering field?
People would be surprised to know the level of detail that needs to be designed into projects. They would also be surprised to know how much roads and bridges cost and how they are funded.

Most people think that gasoline increases are go-to profits for big oil companies and not to replace a failing infrastructure system across the country.

How has working at F&V helped shape your life and/or career?
I have been with the company less than a year, so I can’t really say. I can say that the family culture and practical approach to business management were factors in my coming to F&V.

If you could give your younger self advice about engineering, what would it be?
As a civil engineer, you won’t be rich, but you will always have a job! Invest in Bitcoin!

Engineering is a male-dominated society. What advice would you give females interested in engineering / STEM?
Believe in yourself, your capabilities and speak your mind…. you can go to the top! There are no dumb ideas in this industry!