Derek Broadhead

Project Engineer

What excites you about the work you do?

I love structures. Being able to see a project through from concept to completion is very satisfying.

What is a typical day like for you?

I arrive at the office just before 8 a.m. and review the requirements and timelines for each of my projects. I review emails periodically throughout the day following up with clients and assisting other Allnorth offices with questions. I have the flexibility to organize my daily tasks to suit my schedule and my clients’ requirements. Each day, I typically talk to several clients, along with other engineers, designers and field personnel both in and out of my office.

What type of people do you work with on a regular basis?

Within the office I am in regular discussion with all team members including designers, engineers, and surveyors. I have continual contact with clients’ representatives in the field as well as the main company decision makers in the major cities.  I have regular contact with government officials regarding regulatory approval on projects, and I deal directly with the contractors who do the work in the field to build and repair the structures I am involved with.

How has Allnorth helped you to formulate and achieve your career goals?

Working with Allnorth has allowed me to have both office and field experience, giving me a better 360-degree view of our projects. Allnorth has provided me with a variety of projects that have helped increase my understanding in engineering. The company has also provided me with ample opportunities to seek out interesting work while it expands our overall capabilities and expertise to execute new projects.

Allnorth as a whole has a network of expertise, and makes it easy to consult with other offices to take advantage of their specialties.

How do you strike a good work/life balance?  

I am committed to Allnorth to provide a solid 40 hours of work each week, and in return I am able to spend most evenings and weekends with my family. I am committed to my projects to meet deadlines, and as required work some extra hours. But Allnorth also recognizes the importance of family and is flexible in meeting my needs as a husband, father and human being.

I manage engineering projects from conception to construction, including: bridge and major culvert design, inspection, evaluation, construction management and certification. I also provide technical structural design analysis of steel, wood and concrete structures.