Episode 18 – Toni Pankau

Toni is a civil engineer working in the transportation industry. Toni has been working as an engineer for a few years and is preparing to take the Professional Engineering Exam this fall. She shares her knowledge and experiences in the transportation industry and her experiences working on a highway construction crew this summer.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Ramps – https://www.ada.gov/doj-fhwa-ta.htm

Special Provisions – https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Business/Construction/SpecificationsAmendmentsGSPs.htm

PE Exam – The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline. (https://ncees.org/engineering/pe/)

Cheese Curds – Cheese curds are the moist pieces of curdled milk either eaten alone as a snack, or used in prepared dishes. These are chiefly found in Quebec, Canada, in the dish poutine (made of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy), and in the northeasternmidwesternmountain, and Pacific Northwestern United States. (wikipedia)

Signing – Traffic signs

AASHTO Greenbook – AASHTO publishes numerous technical standards and guidelines through the work of the association’s technical committees, whose members are comprised of representatives from the state departments of transportationÑthe nation’s transportation experts. AASHTO standards and guidelines are utilized by transportation agencies across the nation and worldwide. (http://downloads.transportation.org/publications/aashto_essential_catalog.pdf)

DAG (Diversity Advisory Group)

FR (Flame Retardant) Clothing – Electric arcs pose some of the most serious safety hazards for electric power industry workers. Arc blast or flash hazards include high temperatures (hotter than the surface temperature of the sun) over short periods of time (fractions of a second), hot gases, an intense pressure wave from the explosion (like having a hand grenade explode inches away), and shrapnel from vaporized and molten metal particles. Arc-related injuries can range from minor to severe burns, blindness, hearing and memory loss from the pressure wave, broken bones, or death. When a worker is exposed to an arc, the clothing they wear may play a large role in the severity of the potential injury. (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/electric_power/ppe_flameresistantclothing.html)

Microstation – The MicroStation family of products provides traditional CAD capabilities and the power and versatility to precisely view, model, document, and visualize information-rich 2D and 3D designs of all types and scales, working for professionals in every discipline on infrastructure projects of every type. (https://www.bentley.com/en/products/brands/microstation)

Redline – Marking up changes to drawings in red pen/pencil that will be changed in the original drawing.

WTS – Advancing Women in Transportation (https://www.wtsinternational.org).

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