Cody Dodge is not in it for a cushy office job.
“I need some fresh air,” Dodge said.
Dodge, S.M.ASCE, is working toward a career in the construction engineering field – preferably outdoors – and has been selected as one of ASCE’s 2016 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College.
“Growing up, I was a very hands-on kid. My dad always taught me about building stuff,” Dodge said. “So civil engineering really fit what I like to do.”
Dodge, a senior at California State University, Long Beach, has been interning with Traylor Bros. Inc. on the Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project in Los Angeles since last spring.
The internship has confirmed for him that he loves what he calls “the rush and the speed that is construction.”
“You’re constantly busy all day. Something’s always changing. There’s always a problem to solve,” Dodge said. “It’s like, ‘Right now, we’ve got to figure out a way to make this happen.’ You need to get it done. You don’t have an option.
“I think that’s what I like about being out in the field and being hands-on. It’s what I live for. It keeps it fresh every day.”
Dodge credits his father with instilling in him a perfectionist’s mentality.
“I’m the kind of person who always thinks you can do it better,” Dodge said. “I never like to be comfortable or satisfied with what I’ve done.”
Dodge has been active in the Cal State Long Beach ASCE Student Chapter throughout his college career. He was the steel-bride team captain as a junior. Last summer he participated in the ASCE Construction Institute’s Student Days competition, leading his team to a second-place finish. This year he’s serving as the Chapter’s co-president.
And he has the greatest gift a college senior could hope for – a full-time job lined up for the future. Dodge is going to continue his hands-on construction work with Traylor Bros.
“I’m really excited about that, starting my career with them,” Dodge said. “I couldn’t be more excited for what I have in store.”
ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering recognition programs highlight the next generation of civil engineering leaders. By showcasing young, diverse, talented engineers the program shows that engineering is an exciting profession open to everyone. Ten honorees are selected by ASCE in each of two divisions: collegiate and professional.
Honorees receive recognition during National Engineers Week, which runs through Feb. 27, and at ASCE’s annual Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Gala, March 17, in Arlington, VA.