Justin Warren - Employee Spotlight!
Justin Warren, a CAD Designer turned Engineer-In-Training (EIT) is a true testament to hard work paying off. Justin recently earned his Bachelors degree to change his career path to Civil Engineering. He also recently passed his FE exam on the first try, and KFW is proud to recognize his hard work and dedication to professional advancement. Congratulations Justin!
What do you like most about civil engineering?
The two main things I like about civil engineering is: 1) being able to see the end result of the projects I’ve worked on and 2) the uniqueness of every project—no two projects are the same. Every project presents a new challenge that I must solve.
Before working at KFW, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
I’ve had a few unusual jobs prior to working here at KFW. The first was being on the production line at Ace Foam Designs. I would take customer's hand-drawn designs and recreate it out of different types of Styrofoam. The next unusual job I had was working in the seafood department at the Boerne HEB—I was in heaven with being in the constant cold. My last unusual job was working as a Unit Clerk in the Metropolitan Methodist Emergency Room—in a nutshell, I was like Radar from the television show M.A.S.H.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Hobbies, who has time for hobbies? All kidding aside, my biggest hobby is spending time with my wife and kids. My family and I love to load up the SUV and “Griswold it” to different places in the U.S. While “Griswolding it,” we like to catch a baseball game or two, visit the local zoos, make ourselves sick on the rollercoasters at Six Flags, and do anything else that is fun for the family.
He is a great example of hard work and dedication for the younger engineers in the office. - Billy Classen, Partner
What would you tell yourself at age 13?
Become a people person and learn to enjoy life—don’t grow up to be curmudgeon that you are now. Also, to work your butt off in school and college—the end result will greatly outweigh the sacrifices made.
Any advice for the busy, working, and parenting-while-going-to-college EIT?
The best advice I can offer is to never quit and it is not a race to see how fast you can finish college. It took me six and a half years to finish this degree—slow and steady wins the race. Lastly, as several people have told me, make time for yourself—you’re of no help if you can’t function mentally or physically.
Do you have a favorite quote?
A quote I enjoy is: “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” - Albert Einstein
What is your goal while working at KFW & what are you excited about now that you’re an EIT?
My biggest goal while working at KFW is to keep progressing towards becoming a licensed civil engineer. I am most excited about getting to learn and do new things. Making the switch to residential from commercial has been a pleasant experience thus far.
You have been with KFW for a long time! What do you think about the way the company has changed?
KFW has come a long way from the “Blanco Road Days.” I must say that I do not miss that old building. The KFW “old folk”, like myself, have had the luxury of seeing this company metamorphose into the well-known civil engineering firm that it is today. It is inspiring seeing KFW’s name on projects all over the US. I truly hope that KFW will continue with its success and expand its offices into the surrounding states, namely Colorado, so I can move somewhere cold.
Justin is a vital team member whose skills span across our commercial and residential departments. He has always offered a helping hand with equipment, cross-training, (and IT once upon a time) as KFW grows as a company. We are greatful to have a person like Justin whos is driven to succeed.
- Position: Civil CAD Technician transitioning to Engineer In Training (I’m waiting for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers to issue my E.I.T. Certification)
- Years with KFW: 7 Years, 8 Months
- Favorite thing about KFW: The flexibility upper management has with their employees—I would not have been able to finish my degree if the flexibility was not there from upper management. I cannot fully express my gratitude and appreciation to upper management for allowing me to subject myself to the insanity I just experienced over the past six and a half years. Oh, and Taco Tuesdays.
I would have to say that my biggest highlight is what I am being recognized for— completing engineering school and passing the FE exam on the first try, all while being married, raising a family, and working a full time job. To this day, I still do not know how I was able to do everything.
I believe he is a prime example of what a great KFW employee is. Hard work and dedication have finally paid off. - Megan Warren, CAD Technician