YP Profile

Jordan Walker, P.E.

Job: Project Engineer
Employer: Kimley-Horn and Associates
Years in Water: 7

Educational background:
Master of Engineering, Water Resources, University of Florida
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of Florida
Professional Engineer in Florida, #78652, January 1, 2015

Age: 30

Daily duties: I am an Engineering Consultant working for Kimley-Horn and Associates. Every day looks different for me! Some days I’m managing a team of engineering on a treatment plant design. Some days it’s a pipeline. Usually a few days a week are spent out in the field during construction observation to make sure our designs are getting implemented correctly. Other days I am presenting to a City Commission or panel on the results of a planning report or pitching a new proposal for a first-time job. This time of year we are also business planning what the next year will look like at the firm and what new hires we need to make.

What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on?
City of St Pete Beach Model Capacity Report.  I modeled an entire City’s sanitary sewer capacity and then had to present the results to the City Commission which was broadcast on Television. The results of the capacity report were also not good. They had large capacity issues with their system and needed to invest around 10-15 million dollars to fix things. However, after much practice and hard work, my team and I assembled a ten-minute presentation the summarized the results and clearly guided the City in the right direction. They re-worked their capital improvement plan for the next few years and will be implementing the projects specified in the report.

What is something unexpected you learned on the job?
Ask for work. It’s sometimes hard for engineers to be a salesman in the client/consultant relationship. However, most people appreciate the direct nature of stating why you're there and how you can help.

Do you have a role at your section and how did you become a volunteer?
Yes! I am currently the Section Chair for Young Professionals. My term ends this year, but we have a great succession plan in Florida. The guy coming in after me is great!

I became a volunteer in our Tampa Bay Sub-Section through a friend and really enjoyed the community of people all about clean water.

Why did you decide to go into the water field?
I’ve always been drawn to the water. From an early age, you could find me anywhere from surfing in the ocean to building mini steam-powered boats. My first set of mentors during and after college had a similar passion for water that drew me into the industry. I love going to work every day knowing that I get to tackle tough technical problems, design new infrastructure, plan for future growth, and restore broken systems. I believe in what we do, making clean water.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Wow, tough question. I just asked my longtime girlfriend to marry me, and she said yes. My work and what I do with AWWA is great, but to be honest, this is probably what I would consider being my biggest accomplishment.

Toughest thing about your job?

I work for a really great company that does all they can to support their engineers. However, the balancing act is probably the toughest thing about my job. Managing time between training new engineers, marketing new projects, attending commission meetings, meeting with contractors during construction, managing the never ceasing inflow of emails, and still having a personal life can get tough.

Hobbies and outside interests:
I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junky. Surfing, mountain biking, skateboard, and rock climbing just to name a few. Recently, I just bought an electric skateboard which has been my new favorite toy.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Interestingly enough, I wanted to be a Rockstar. I played drums in a heavy metal band for a few years and found out through touring that music makes a much better hobby over a career. The picture below shows a quick snap shot of those days.