Senior civil engineering major Tim Bajorek earned a job offer from Turner Construction, the company building Walter Fieldhouse on South Green.Photo: Rebecca Miller
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Two engineering students will bring their Russ College credentials to high-profile Ohio construction firms that are currently involved in building Walter Fieldhouse and the new residential housing facility on South Green.
Senior civil engineering student Timothy Bajorek has an offer to start work after graduation in May with Turner Construction, a contractor on the fieldhouse, and Kellen Koslik, BSEE ’13, recently began working in the Columbus office of URS Corporation, the contractor for the residence hall project.
After spending his first few months with the firm on projects in Hawaii and Columbus, Koslik has landed an assignment back in Athens helping to develop the lighting and power engineering drawings for four student housing buildings in the residence hall project’s first phase.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to have a real impact on the future of Ohio University just months after graduating,” he explained. “My time at OU brought me many amazing experiences, and I'm grateful to be able to give back and help build a strong future for Ohio University.”
Koslik, whose career focus is electrical design, started with URS in October 2013. He says in that short time, he has gained experience preparing drawings, documents and electrical system models, and collecting data for major design projects.
“The work is both challenging and rewarding,” Koslik said. “I’m able to learn virtually anything related to designing the electrical systems in buildings and infrastructure and the tools needed to carry out these tasks.”
The technical skills Koslik developed as an electrical engineering student at the Russ College are just part of why he’s successful. His supervisor, Firas Alkhayri, said Koslik’s eagerness to learn was as appealing as his AutoCAD skills. Both proficiencies will be useful as Koslik adapts to new drafting and design software for illumination calculation, power system analysis and three-dimensional modeling.
“In the past few months since he started at URS, Kellen has demonstrated a strong sense of responsibility, excellent teamwork skills, hard work and most importantly, passion, to learn new things,” he said. “I think that Kellen will have a great future as an electrical engineer.”
Bajorek’s job offer from Turner Construction was the culmination of a 1,000-applicant search to fill his field engineer position.
“I thought it was a shot in the dark to even be invited to the first round interviews,” Bajorek said. “I guess anything is possible if you put your mind to it and most of all just be yourself.”
Stanton said Bajorek’s confidence is what stood out to him when they met this fall during a brief interview the day following the Career and Leadership Development Center career fair. Two Russ College alumni now working at Turner had selected him for the first-round interviews, which were held in the construction trailer on the fieldhouse site.
“You really need to have confidence in yourself before an employer can have confidence in you, and Tim absolutely had that,” Stanton explained.
Bajorek was ambitious as well, reaching out to Stanton for interview advice before the final round of interviews in Columbus.“It was really all up to Tim, and his performance during the interview secured his offer,” Stanton added.
As a field engineer, Bajorek will spend his first year assisting project managers and superintendents on assigned projects and learning Turner’s culture.
Bajorek, who will also graduate with a certificate in construction engineering management, credits the Russ College for putting him in the position for the job offer.
“In every class and even out of class, each teacher makes a point to really care about all the students of the college,” he said. “All the Russ College courses have allowed me to learn the fundamentals of engineering that I will need to know in the field.”
Turner’s construction of the Walter Fieldhouse will be complete by the time Bajorek graduates, but Stanton said he’d enjoy the chance to supervise him on a future project.
“I really want to continue that working relationship,” Stanton said. “And help develop him into a superintendent someday.”