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 Jonathan Gonzales (Jonny). Here at RLG, Jonny is an EIT/ Technician on the Surveying Team.
I haven’t thought about describing myself so much since I was on Tinder. I guess my height really doesn’t matter for this….oh well. I’m originally from northern New Mexico, I moved to Dallas from Las Cruces, New Mexico, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science from New Mexico State University in Civil Engineering Technology. I’ve worked in Transportation, Civil and Structural departments at other firms and actually worked in the RLG Civil Department before I joined the Survey Department. In my spare time, I enjoy training in Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, welding and creating metal sculptures, and reading.
How long have you been at RLG? 1 year, 7 months
How did you hear about RLG? Why did you want to work here? Like most things regarding research these days, I found RLG in a Google search. I wanted to work here because I saw right off the bat that they treated their employees well, they were honest, after my interview they didn’t book me on red eye flight back to New Mexico to save $5 (Yeah, that happened with another company) and most importantly I got along with everyone.
What is the most challenging project you've worked on during your time here so far? Probably my first survey project. It was a Topographic and Improvement Survey in Fort Worth. Having been on the engineering side of things for so long it was really challenging for me at first to see a project through a different lens and in a really “raw” state. Every project since then has had its own challenges but that’s the one where I distinctly remember having a “deer in headlights” look.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned at RLG? Triple check paper size before plotting to R2D2. Otherwise your 34x44 will be put on display. Seriously why is that size even an option?
What’s your favorite thing about working in your Department here? Definitely my coworkers. Be it in the office or in the field, I’ve learned a lot from each of them and genuinely enjoy working with them.
What's the first thing that you do when you get to work every day? Start up my computer, start working, grab some coffee. Not too exciting.
What’s your workspace like? Minimalist? Homey? Neat? Since quarantine it has been very “homey”, but my office workspace I’d describe as minimalist.
Do you have a go-to sound or song that you listen to when you need to just start working? The Tetris Theme on repeat is my go -to, it was my most listened to song on my Spotify in 2019. Something about it really helps me focus. It’s probably some Pavlovian response.
If RLG announced a last-minute day off for tomorrow, what would you do with your suddenly free day? Probably go for a run, and then binge watch a TV show with my girlfriend with a glass of wine.
What would you do if you weren’t working at RLG? I’d like to think I’d be living in the mountains with a shop making sculptures out of scrap metal and maybe continuing to teach self-defense. Check out my Instagram for some of my work @mountainborndesertforged
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.