Thomas Wukadinovich graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s in civil engineering. A background in construction management has given him opportunities on a wide array of projects.
He works for Long Beach-based Traylor Bros., one of the nation’s leading heavy civil engineering contractors, as a professional engineer.
Wukadinovich is working on the Los Angeles MetroRail’s Purple Line Extension, a four-mile spur from Beverly Hills to Westwood. Since August of 2017, he has worked in support of soil excavation, steel supports and ventilation for the project.
Because of its proximity to the La Brea Tar Pits, hydrogen sulfide gas release is a concern to the project. To reduce the risk of explosion, several precautions have been implemented including prohibiting electronics in the tunnel unless protected by explosion-proof cases. The project is expected to continue through the rest of the year.
“Your interest in a subject is going to make it easier to work harder. What I do is more of a lifestyle than it is a profession, and working in this industry is fulfilling,” said Wukadinovich.
Traylor Bros. is a platinum sponsor of the CEENVE department and offers various positions for students. Openings can be viewed on the department’s Jobs and Internship listing page. For more information about Traylor Bros., visit www.traylor.com.