April 28, 2016
Get to know Rasha Jasim, civil associate at Michael Baker International
Civil Associate I | Dallas, TX
What is your role at Michael Baker?
I am a structural Engineer in Training working for the Highway/Bridge-Practice Resource in the Dallas Office. I assist in bridge design, Microstation drafting, bridge inspections and many other miscellaneous tasks related to various bridge and roadway projects.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Currently, the most challenging aspect of my job is keeping up with various project deadlines while helping with Dallas/Forth Worth bridge inspections and also finding the time to draft the inspection reports.
What has been the most rewarding project you've worked on at Michael Baker?
Finishing Brownwood District submittal and working alongside a very hardworking team to submit five bridges! It was the first time I worked very long hours and weekends assisting in my first 100% submittal! I enjoyed being of help to the team.
What does a day on the job look like for you?
I come to work at 7 am and check my email to see if there is anything I need to address. Then I begin working on whichever project that I am attempting to finish for a certain submittal. If I’ve already had a submittal the day before, I ask my supervisor about the next project or if my help is needed with any other project before starting a new one.
Typical tasks for a project submittal include putting required documents together, preparing the bridge sheets using Microstation, addressing Texas Department of Transportation review comments, preparing a QC set, and communicating any design changes with the hydraulics & hydrology engineer.
What made you want to pursue this career field?
When my father passed, I looked up to my brother – an engineer who is 14 years older than me. He took me to various job sites with him and showed me how to use AutoCAD when I was in high school. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in civil engineering. During my senior year of my undergraduate degree in civil engineering, I found a passion in structural engineering and decided to pursue that as my career.
Now the fun stuff…
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What is one accomplishment that you're most proud of?
Learning to read, write, and speak English fluently with virtually no accent.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
Visit the Louvre Museum in France.