Amanda Turner '14
Major: Civil Engineering
Job Title: Engineer/Portfolio Management
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
I oversee a $300 million portfolio for FirstEnergy transmission projects in Pennsylvania. I assist with planning projects for the current year and the future five years. I determine if a project can be done based on the priority compared to other projects, if a construction outage is possible, and the cost of the project.
Choosing Mount Union
I chose Mount Union because I was looking for a small school but also one that had an engineering program. The atmosphere and culture of Mount Union are wonderful. You are not just another number there, your professors know you by name.
I played women’s basketball for four years while at Mount Union and was also a part of the Engineering Club. Trying to balance my engineering classes and workload while playing a college sport helped me with time management. In my career, I excel at prioritizing my work and managing my time. At Mount Union, I learned the importance of prioritization. While playing a sport and being a full-time engineering student, I didn’t have much time during the week to waste. I had to prioritize my school work to make sure I could get everything done.
Liberal Arts Benefits
Mount Union’s liberal arts foundation made me a well-rounded student and engineer. Classes such as public speaking helped me succeed in my current job for which I frequently present in front of executives.
A Great Investment
A Mount Union education was a great investment because I have a good job at a great company and my education helped me get to where I’m at today. In my current position, I present a lot in front of upper level management. It is always good to get your name out there to the leaders of the company.
At Mount Union, I learned the importance of prioritization. While playing a sport and being a full-time engineering student, I didn’t have much time during the week to waste.