Four St. Louis engineers gained knowledge and new skill sets by participating in a rotational training program last year. The program, Accelerated Professional Engineer Cross Training (APEX), allows select engineers to cross train in multiple departments throughout the district.
The participates had the opportunity to cross train in departments such as planning, design, traffic, design build, utilities, bridge maintenance and construction. Depending on the department, training could last up to three months.
The 2014 participates were:
Left to right: Greg Horn, Arisa Prapaisilp, Jonathan Swagman, Stuart McNeil, Bill Schnell, Belay Nerea. The APEX class of 2014 receive their certificates of completion on Feb. 24 at the district office.
Belay Nerea - Intermediate Materials Inspector
Arisa Prapaisilp - Senior Traffic Studies Specialist
Jonathan Swagman, - Senior Construction Inspector
Stuart McNeil - Senior Highway Designer
Nerea is currently working on a master’s degree in Structural Engineering and felt the program helped him build rapport with great employees in his field of study.
“Being able to rotate through bridge maintenance kindled my passion for that field of engineering. I now want to become a structural engineer in the bridge department,” said Nerea.
Prapaisilp felt as if she learned a lot from her experience.
“I actually feel like a better engineer after completing this program. I am much more versatile now,” she said.
Swagman appreciated the connections he was able to make.
“I highly recommend this program for employees that are looking to develop professional relationships internally and externally for MoDOT. My experience will serve me and MoDOT well for years to come,” he said.
McNeil felt as if his knowledge overall of MoDOT significantly improved through this program.
“It expanded my knowledge of how MoDOT operates as a whole and also allowed me to meet and work with key personnel throughout the district,” he said.
The APEX class of 2015 started in January and will end on Dec. 31, 2015. This year’s participates are:
Aaron Groff - Senior Highway Designer
Brian Lange – Senior Construction Inspector
Both participates have already selected their areas of interest and have begun their rotations.
Assistant District Engineer Bill Schnell created the APEX program in 2012. This year it is being expanded statewide to allow employees in other districts to participate. For more information about the program, please contact Schnell at 314.453.1802.