Employee Spotlight – Andrew Gunnink
Getting to Know….Andrew Gunnink, Senior Project Engineer
Q: How long have you been with the company?
A: I’ve been with Professional Engineering Services for almost 3 years.
Q: What does your job entail?
A: I’m a contract administrator for construction projects. More specifically, I’m currently the lead bridge inspector for the Redefine 169 project in Elk River.
Q: In terms of successes, which accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: For me, the most rewarding part of the job evolves around problem solving. With an eye towards quality, I’ve been able to combine my background in engineering and construction to efficiently identify problems or conflicts on a project. From that point forward, I pride myself on working collaboratively with the owner, designer, and contractor to come to a logical solution.
Q: What are the toughest challenges you’ve had at work?
A: Every day presents a new challenge. Sometimes the job is physically taxing. Other days, the pace of work makes it difficult to keep up with the progression of work. Finally, conflict is a natural component of a construction project that can be challenging.
Q: How have you grown professionally while on our team?
A: While working at PES, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some of the largest and most complex construction projects in the state. Those projects have allowed me to continue to hone my craft and continue to develop. I’ve also taken a lead role on these projects. As a lead on projects with numerous personnel, I’ve learned the importance of working within the confines of a team. By working with each team member and playing to their strengths, the team can function more efficiently and effectively than it would otherwise.
Q: What’s a passion you have outside of work?
A: Outside of work, I primarily enjoy spending time with my family. My wife and I are blessed with a 4-year-old boy and 4-month-old girl that I can’t get enough of.