As part of National Engineering Month, we are featuring some of ADI Systems’ hard-working engineers. Our core group of engineers have been working together for over 25 years! Together they have installed more than 260 wastewater treatment systems worldwide.
In this post, we talked about the first stage of our engineering process: designing the system. The next step is transforming the technology designs into reality. Our design/build project delivery method offers a number of benefits including a “one-stop shop” for a complete, customized solution, a single point of contact, and consistency in design and construction quality throughout the project.
In this interview with Mike McDermaid, Senior Project Manager at ADI Systems, we talk about what goes into building our many successful biological wastewater treatment systems.
Mike McDermaid, P.Eng.
Mike is a certified professional civil engineer responsible for ADI Systems’ construction management.
Q: Why did you choose to study engineering?
A: I always enjoyed building things as a teenager. I worked summer holidays in residential construction building homes. Engineering seemed like the next logical step to take to be involved in larger, more complex projects.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy a challenge! Working in the engineering field certainly we see challenges, problem solving, and troubleshooting. For me, working with ADI Systems has allowed me to work on projects all over the world and be introduced to new construction techniques, as well as different cultures and languages. I've met so many wonderful people along the way. I've had the opportunity to see countries that would have been financially out of reach on my own. My job has allowed me to visit the USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, and Panama—just to name a few!
Q: What advice do you have for young people who want to enter the engineering discipline?
A: Engineering is tied to many everyday parts of our lives: roads, buildings, equipment, electrical power, vehicles, etc. Like any job, if you enjoy what you do every day at work, you will excel in it. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing something on paper turned into a completed project that you have been part of. Looking back 39 years ago to when I made the decision to enroll in an engineering program, it's hard to imagine where my life was headed. Today, I'd say I made the right decision and would do it all over again.