Wells has recently formalized a training program we refer to as the Engineer Development Program (EDP). Our goal is to take young engineers fresh out of college and give them broad exposure to the entire business: making them well-rounded and preparing them to become registered. It also gives them a glimpse into other avenues that they may wish to pursue later in their career.
The EDP program starts out with time spent in Field Services. We like them to see what it’s like to put a building together before they ever get to put pencil to paper. It also provides learning opportunities to observe other trades (excavation, underground utilities, flat work, steel, masonry, etc.) at work as well as real-world, real-time problem-solving.
After Field Services, our young engineers move onto the production floor and see what goes into the pieces we make and how everything needs to fit together and perform its function. This position requires on-the-spot problem-solving skills.
After that, we introduce them to the Drafting and Engineering world. Flexural members, wall panels, cladding systems, lateral systems are all part of the rotation. D&E also works closely with the Sales and Project Management departments which leads to exposure to Architects, EORs, contractors, and owners.
Once they’ve completed the approximately four-year rotation, we actively promote our engineers to sit for the Professional Engineer examination and we feel that the EDP program will give them adequate skills and knowledge to pass said exam. Naturally, we like our engineers to stay in the D&E department but we also encourage them to do what they enjoy.
Number crunching mishmash day after day isn’t for everybody. Currently, we employ 21 Professional Engineers spread across every department in the company other than Accounting because, frankly, it’s accounting and engineers can’t function in a world where 2+2 doesn’t always equal 4.
For more information regarding our Professional Engineer Development Program, take a look at our brochure.
Over the course of this past year, our team has had 5 engineers pass the Professional Engineer Exam. Aware of this milestone in each of their careers, we wanted to take the time to ask each team member a few questions as they pertain to the exam, and how it relates to both their professional and personal development.