Kristin Sweeney
Kristin Sweeney
East Area Aggregates Manager, Pennsy Supply Inc., A CRH Comany

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  • What I Do

    I am an Area Manager for an Aggregate producer. In my role I oversee four different mine locations where we make construction aggregate, rock used to make asphalt, concrete and for site work as well as mine high calcium limestone used in the cement and energy industries. I work on all aspects of the oeprations, from blasting to mining and processing the stone. I work on the mine planning and environmental side as well as large capital expenditure projects to make my sites better.

Hi, my name is Kristin and I have two engineering degrees. I received my BS in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Tech, and an MS in Engineering Management from Wilkes. I get asked all the time how I decided to be an engineer and how the heck I ended up in mining. As a child I loved to build things with my dad. My favorite thing to build was birdhouses! I always enjoyed science and math courses and because of that enjoyment the course work seemed to come easier to me. During my college career and following graduation I have worked for Oldcastle Materials. They are a huge aggregate, asphalt and heavy highway construction company. I was hired as a mine process engineer and I worked with two quarries from mine planning to plant layouts and optimization all the way through to working with the asphalt plants. I had the opportunity to write justifications for capital expenditure projects, justifying up to a few million dollars in spend. It was so rewarding to see the projects come to fruition and see the improvement they made at our sights. I then had the ability to travel all over the country as a Performance Manager to our sister companies and help with aggregate optimization projects. We used lean principles to help make our locations safer and more profitable. It is extremely satisfying to be able to help locations improve in a variety of ways. My engineering background has been a huge influence on the way I interact with people and leverage my knowledge base to help improve their operations. I then did a stint as a sales representative for aggregates and asphalt within my company. I am was able to leverage my engineering background to help not only increase sales at my company but to provide added value to our customers. In my current role as area manager I am ale to leverage all my years of experience to work at the sites and improve their safety and financial performance. I am working to build a strong team with great people who will be able to continuously improve our operations.
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B.S. Mining and Mineral Engineering - Virginia Tech M.S. Engineering Management - Wilkes University
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
  • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
  • I am willing to participate in a conference call with a group of interested students who would like to know about my career.
Latest Questions
  • Louise Seftel

    Added Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 7:37 AM

    I am interested in pursuing a four year civil engineering program and would like to start at a community college and transfer to a four year college.
    Answers 1
    Kristin Sweeney, Pennsy Supply Inc., A CRH Comany
    Answered Monday, December 3, 2018 at 2:45 PM
    Hello Louise!
    This is a great question. I would say the answer is two pronged. DO you have an idea which four year college you'd like to go to? if so I would reach out to their Civil Department and see what classes students are required to take in the ...
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  • Ciara, Sacramento

    Added Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Hi! I am currently a junior and want to take chemical engineering after I graduate. The problem is that I am not yet sure which specific field I want to be involved in like nuclear or biomedical or materials. Is it okay if I haven't figured that out yet or is it best if I have already decided which field before taking this course?
    Answers 1
    Kristin Sweeney, Pennsy Supply Inc., A CRH Comany
    Answered Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:34 PM
    Hi Ciara, 
    When I was in college, I actually didn't decide on an engineering field until mid way through my freshman year! It's great that you already have the field picked out! My advice would be to take a look at the different college you are ...
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