Things come full circle for Emily Murawski in the WithersRavenel mentorship program

Things come full circle for Emily Murawski in the WithersRavenel mentorship program

Within the A/E/C industry, there is stiff competition to attract top talent. One of the primary reasons quality applicants are attracted to a firm is access to a robust mentorship program. Based on findings by Inc., an intentional approach to mentoring demonstrates that a company cares about its employees, fosters a more engaged workforce, and produces job satisfaction.

Mentorship is a reflection of the emphasis we place on our core value Collaboration. But coaching junior staff is more than just a philosophy here at WithersRavenel—it’s a part of our daily approach to project management.

Our Utilities Department is a leading example of our mentorship program in action. Utilities Operations Manager Jeff Wing established a formal process to connect junior engineers with senior-level engineers

“It was important to me that our senior-level engineers pair up with our incoming talent in order to foster a positive working relationship, facilitate a knowledge transfer, and help our young talent grow,” Jeff said.

In our Asheville office, Emily Murawski joined WithersRavenel after graduating from the master’s program at Clemson University. She was paired up with Project Manager Jay Johnston, who boasts a 28-year career in engineering, and Jacob Gray, an emerging young leader within the Utilities department.

Jay and Jacob have taken Emily under their wing to show her the ins and outs of utilities engineering. With their guidance, Emily’s skills have expanded to include wrangling utility access covers as part of a smoke testing project, analyzing the filters of a water treatment plant, and reviewing CCTV data. She has worked on water projects in Broadway and Weaverville, wastewater projects in Maggie Valley and Hickory, and asset management projects in Pilot Mountain and Gastonia, among many others.

Emily will be able to apply the skills she has learned to future projects as she moves toward obtaining her Professional Engineer license. Her mentorship experience has also given her the confidence to tackle a new kind of challenge: becoming a mentor to a newer, more junior member of the Utilities team. With the addition of Engineering Intern Melissa Simmering to the Asheville office, Emily has volunteered to help show Melissa the ropes.

Like Jay, Jacob, Emily, and Melissa, others within the Utilities Department have taken a similar path with a mentor/mentee relationship. To hear the story of Utilities Project Engineer Casey Garland, click the button below.