Kandace Stewart

Kandace Stewart

Associate Engineer, Idaho Transportation Department
ID

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  • What I Do

    I spent several years working as a design/construction engineer. I would take the projects from our planning section and design them, then send them out to bid. Once they had been awarded to a contractor I would work in construction and oversee the building of the project, then close the project out. I have recently moved over to the planning section in my office now, where I am looking at pavement lifecycle analysis, safety analysis and other criteria to determine where our next projects should be. I then get them ready as far as I can for the design/construction engineers and hand them off to them.

  • Why Engineering?

    I always loved math and science and solving problems. A teacher in high school mentioned this as a career to me and showed me that I could solve problems and use my math and science skills to do this and I LOVED the idea! I have never looked back.

  • School Days

    I started my schooling at a community college (The College of Southern Idaho), this saved me money up front and they offered me several scholarships as well. I graduated from here with my associates degrees in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

    I then transferred my credits to Idaho State University where I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering.

  • My Day At Work

    A lot of my days have typically consisted of working with techs to design projects and working with contractors to build projects keeping track of project milestones and project submittals. My current position I look through pavement information and rate conditions of sections of roadway to determine which sections need a project. I also look at crash data to determine if sections of roadway are candidates for safety improvements.

  • Best Part

    Solving problems! I love that I have people come to me with issues that come up day to day and they ask me to come up with a solution. Whether it is a problem with a design not working, or a specification that needs to be sorted out, or materials, or even field fitting a design. I like solving problems and helping people.

  • Proud Moments

    I think the thing I am the proudest of was a project where we constructed to very large bridges over the Snake River. They were drilled shaft foundations, which we don't get to do very many of, and were so much fun to build! This was an awesome project to be a part of and it ended up winning an award for excellence in construction.

  • Challenges

    I think the hardest part I have found about engineering is the lack of women in this career, especially in the construction side of things. A lot of times people will underestimate you because of your gender when you walk onto a construction site or not talk to you directly. Maybe it is a comfort thing for them to just talk to another male? But that is ok, the fun thing is when you surpass their expectations and surprise them all.

  • My Family

    I am married to my wonderful husband who works as a cowboy. We live on a little farm with our cows, horses, goat and our dog.

  • Inspiration

    My dad has been my biggest supporter, cheerleader, and role model. He has always supported me and told me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to if I am willing to put the work into it. My dad overcame so much in his life and has made positive changes to achieve what he wanted. He came to every event I was involved in to show me his support. In fact, he was the only parent that showed up to my college senior design presentation! I would not be where I am today without the love and support from my dad.

  • Want to be an Engineer?

    Never give up! Engineering school was not an easy task for me. I had to work very hard to get through my classwork and pass my exams. Schoolwork did not come easy to me. However, all the hard work was well worth it because I love what I do! And the attitude of never giving up has served me well in my personal and professional life.

  • Hobbies

    My most favorite thing to do outside of my work is spend time with my horses. My husband and I train colts and use them to work our cows. I also use the horses at local ranch horse competitions. It is a fun past time that my whole family can enjoy.

Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as a sponsor or coach for an engineering club or team.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to host a field trip to my place of employment.
  • I am willing to be contacted about potential job shadowing by interested students.