Engineers Week Spotlight | Nikki Conant, PE | Transportation Engineer

  1. How many years of experience do you have as an engineer?

Since May 2015 – so just about 6 years.

  1. When/how did you discover that you wanted to become a civil engineer?

I was unsure of what I wanted to apply to college for. I was chatting with my Dad and Uncle (both Civil Engineers) one holiday, when they suggested I consider a career in Civil Engineering. So I basically applied to school for Civil Engineering and never looked back. My Junior Year I did a big research project on a transportation related topic and ended up speaking at the Transportation Conference. It was at that point, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Transportation Engineering, specifically.

  1. What do you like most about the work you do?

I love working on local projects – there is something so rewarding about making a positive impact within your immediate community and the surrounding communities. To spend the time visualizing and designing a roadway, or sidewalk project, and then see it implemented in a real world application for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. to benefit from is really great.

  1. What is your favorite/most notable project and why?

I am really excited about the new shared use path we just wrapped up design on in South Portland. It is a project the community is really excited about and will be the first design project I have the opportunity to stamp as a Professional Engineer.  

  1. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming an engineer?

I always tell students to reach out and make a connection with someone that works everyday in the field you are interested in pursuing. There are always mentoring groups, or individuals willing to host a job shadow or even just hold an informational session to answer questions to better help you understand what the career looks like from a practical standpoint.