Bobby became attracted to computer-aided design (CAD) when he worked in construction and dealt with blueprints and floor plans. This background and his prior graphic design experience helped him sail through his technical college CAD studies, and then land his first-ever CAD design job at GeoEngineers.
As a CAD designer, Bobby enjoys using software to create site plans and surface data to support engineers and other professionals. “I get paid to do what I love to do. In college, I thought, ‘people actually pay me to do this stuff?’ It’s kind of my dream job, actually.”
With GeoEngineers since 2011, Bobby now leads the Pipelines Business Unit’s horizontal directional drill (HDD) CAD group. His focus is on HDD design for pipelines.
One of Bobby’s most memorable projects required working 36 hours straight to prepare drawings to ship with hard copy reports for multiple HDD installations along a pipeline route. Bobby learned that hard work pays off.
“When we left that Friday night, it was one of the best feelings I’ve had here,” Bobby says. “We got to see the progress of the reports and get them out the door to meet the deadline. Our goal was to get them done, and we did.”
The effort paid off with the client too, as GeoEngineers has continued to work on other segments of the pipeline.
In his leisure time, Bobby fishes, hunts and spends time with his wife and two dogs. He also enjoys undertaking remodeling projects on his family’s home and his friends’ houses. “You don’t necessarily need a set of plans for remodeling, but the way you approach it is similar to how you work in CAD. Life in general is like that. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”