Name: Tyler Sutkowi, PE
Engineering Discipline: Civil Engineer
Years in the field: Two years in the oil industry, and almost four years in Civil Engineering
Hobbies outside of work: Spending time with my wife and son, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, camping, woodworking
Fun fact about yourself: Prior to coming to F&V, I worked in the oilfield for two years in Oklahoma, Northern Alberta and North Dakota. In a span of four months, I went from working outdoors in temperatures of +130° to -70°.
When did you know you wanted to be an engineer and what drew you to your specific engineering discipline?
I first had the idea of going into Engineering in 8th grade. I really enjoyed math and science and was not a big fan of writing. I decided that Civil Engineering was the most interesting because I wanted to design sports stadiums.
What would most people be surprised to learn about the engineering field?
People would be surprised to know the amount of writing required: reports, memos, grant applications, specifications, etc.
What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on at F&V, and why?
One of my favorite projects was a reconstruction project in Centreville. This was one of my first projects, and I had the unique opportunity to help out with every phase of the project; survey, design, and construction inspection. It was fun being able to see the project from start to finish.
How has working at F&V helped shape your life and/or career?
Getting this job at F&V allowed me to move back to Michigan, be closer to my long-distance girlfriend, who is now my wife, and buy our first house together. It’s allowed us to put down roots here and been a big part of what’s shaped my life in the past four years.
If you could give your younger self advice about engineering, what would it be?
Don’t be too discouraged if you don’t land your “dream engineering job” right away, it will happen when the time is right. Also, your vision of what a dream job entails will change over time.
Engineering is a male-dominated society. What advice would you give females interested in engineering / STEM?
I would say regardless of engineering being a “male-dominated society” as a female you have just as much to offer the engineering field as any male does and have confidence in that fact to pursue your goals.