Pursuing a career in engineering requires ingenuity and hard work, according to Joseph M. Heaney III, PE, Principal at Walden Environmental Engineering, PLLC.
Mr. Heaney’s presentation, Engineering Consulting: Planning and Executing a Successful Career, kicked off this year’s Executive Speaker Series hosted by the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. The series offers engineering and computer science students the opportunity to gain valuable career advice from industry professionals.
Heaney discussed accreditations and technical requirements for young engineers, how to evaluate potential job opportunities and the importance of differentiating yourself when applying for a job.
“If everyone looks the same on paper, you need to do something to stand out,” Heaney said. “Find out who the decision makers and influencers are and who can make – or help make – the decision to hire you.”
“Mr. Heaney gave a remarkable presentation,” said civil engineering major Pietro D’Angelo ’20. “His information about the world of engineering business was insightful and prompted me to wonder about my future career. I learned that personality and confidence was key to gaining contacts, new opportunities, and success.”
Heaney told students that, over the course of his 30-year career as a civil engineer, only three job applicants hand-delivered their resumes to his office. He hired all of them.
“Mr. Heaney’s talk was very inspiring,” said computer science graduate student Natalie Sequeira ’20. “After his presentation, I felt like I could have any career that I want, whether working for a company, or building one myself.”
Walden Environmental Engineering, a full-service civil/environmental engineering consulting firm based in Oyster Bay, NY. Mr. Heaney has grown Walden with the primary goal to provide professional engineering, environmental compliance, and hydrogeologic consulting services. Mr. Heaney also serves on the DeMatteis School Dean’s Advisory Board.