RLG has amazing employees in its ranks: from industry influencers, travelers, marathon runners, animal lovers, and community leaders. The Employee Spotlight highlights the talented individuals who work here. Each week, we’ll be featuring an interview here on the blog and on our social accounts.
For this week’s Employee Spotlight, we spoke with Jeremy Sepulvado. Here at RLG, Jeremy is the Construction Coordinator on the Structural Team.
I was born in Dallas, TX, and grew up just north of there, in Richardson. I attended and graduated from L.V. Berkner High school, where I was a drumline captain my senior year. While my college career varied over the years from architecture to criminal justice, accounting, and business management – don’t ask; I don’t know either – I finally decided on construction engineering. I graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with my bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and started working as a part-time intern at RLG during my last semester in March of 2015. I’ve been here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy spending time at home with my wife, Melanie, and our two dogs, Bentley and Rory, being couch potatoes and working on remodeling our house.
How long have you been at RLG? 5.5 years
How did you hear about RLG? Why did you want to work here? I had never heard of RLG prior to working here. I applied to numerous engineering firms during my last semester of school, but RLG was the only one to give me a call. Funnily enough, Stuart Markussen, CEO of RLG, was my baseball coach when I was a kid. His name popped up in a Google search for engineering firms in Dallas, so I took a chance and reached out to him. The rest is history.
What is the most challenging project you've worked on during your time here so far? LCS Bridgewater Senior Living Community up in Bridgewater, New Jersey. This project encompasses a little bit of everything from wood framing to structural steel, elevated post-tension slabs, cold-formed metal framing, and deep stepping foundations, etc. All of this while the buildings are built on a steep hill. Elevations had to be spot on to tie the buildings together just right. Construction administration was definitely challenging on this project.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at RLG? I guess two things really. One, don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. When in doubt, always ask for help. Two, I’ve had to back off on my OCD – that hurts just even typing that. I’ve had to find the right balance of quality and speed to stay on top of things and be productive.
What’s your favorite thing about working in your Department here? I enjoy and like the people I work with first and foremost. I can go to anyone to ask questions and learn something new. I also enjoy being able to work on multiple projects that vary in structure type – wood framing, structural steel, tilt panel, elevated post-tension, etc. We do a bit of everything and that keeps work fun and interesting.
What's the first thing that you do when you start working every day? I get straight to it most days since there’s almost always a shop drawing needing to be reviewed. Other than that, I’m usually catching up on emails.
What’s your workspace like? Minimalist? Homey? Neat? Very minimalistic and neat for sure. Everything has a specific place. Every once in a while, I’ll get brave and make a few adjustments, but that’s rare. Thanks, OCD. However, it makes locating exactly what I need fast and easy.
Do you have a go-to sound or song that you listen to when you need to just start working? Honestly, not really. I’m an odd duck when it comes to music and work. If I am listening to music while working, it’s generally rock. But I typically get into a zone while working and don’t need music.
If RLG announced a last-minute day off for tomorrow, what would you do with your suddenly free day? Sleep in for starters. Sadly, I’d probably be a couch potato with my dogs and watch a little too much TV.
What would you do if you weren’t working at RLG? That’s an interesting question, but one I’ve not ever thought about too much. I’d probably still be doing engineering work in the construction industry. Ideally though, I’d be living the quiet life because I’ve miraculously won the lottery without having even bought a ticket. Yeah, that sounds good.
About RLG Consulting Engineers
Founded in 1953 by Raymond L. Goodson, Jr., RLG Consulting Engineers specializes in civil, structural, surveying and forensic engineering. For more than 65 years, RLG has been recognized as one of the top engineering firms in Texas for their ability to attract and retain a talented, experienced team. Known for thorough and meticulous work, RLG has designed major projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and throughout the country. The staff of more than 80 employees, includes professional engineers holding licenses in 47 states, graduate engineers and registered professional land surveyors.