Team Member Highlight: Cole Christian, P.E.


As one of the newest members of our team, we are excited to welcome Cole Christian, P.E. to our Civil Engineering Department in Bryan, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2018 and received his Professional Engineering License in February of 2021. Upon completion of an engineering degree, it typically requires 4 years of working as an Engineer in Training (EIT) to receive a Professional Engineering License. However, Cole worked through college and applied the hours toward his EIT experience! When asked what drove him to complete his license in less time he said, "I honestly did not expect to finish my training early; I was just blessed to have the opportunities that I did to obtain the experience much faster than anticipated."


Originally from Denton, Texas, he and his wife now call Bryan, Texas their home after having both attended Texas A&M. Mr. Christian began his studies in mechanical engineering but after having worked for a civil engineering firm while in school, he changed his focus to civil engineering. "I always knew that I wanted to be some sort of engineer growing up because I sought to understand how different things worked and were constructed. Even now, one of my favorite things about living out my dream, is the chance to see what I have designed be constructed and fixing problems that exist for our clients."


Q&A with Cole Christian, P.E.


Q: During your time as an EIT, what sort of projects did you work on?

A: I worked on a lot of private development projects, both site and residential, as well as municipal projects. I enjoy working with municipalities the most and hope to continue to do that type of work here at GLS.


Q: What do you enjoy most as a project manager?

A: Working with clients - the opportunity to get out of the office, into the field, and get to know them is something I truly enjoy about my position. The fact that we are helping our clients fix a problem feels great, and getting to develop a working relationship with them to provide the best solutions is the cherry on top.


Q: Why did you choose to work for GLS?

A: I was looking for an opportunity to work closer to home and I knew that GLS was a well-known, reputable company in the Bryan/College Station area, so when a position opened up, I applied immediately.


Q: How has the work environment been since you started?

A: Great! Everyone is friendly, works hard and just has a great time. There's unity across all of the departments and it's been incredible to watch how well they work together to get things accomplished



FUN FACTS


Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: Professional Athlete


Q: If you had to listen to one album (or song) on repeat for a year, what would it be?

A: Don't Stop Me Now by Queen


Q: If you could only watch one move for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Major Payne


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