For Mateo Requenez, an early fascination with road construction fueled his interest in engineering and roadway design. After earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2022, Mateo started his career at Hanson as a roadway designer at the company’s Corpus Christi, Texas, office.
As a new member of the Hanson team, Mateo’s role involves performing calculations of roadway quantities and roadway modeling and visiting construction sites. Mateo says his motivation at work comes from knowing he is doing something he loves, learning new things and making his family proud.
Here, Mateo talks more about his career and what drives him at work and in life.
What led me to pursue this career?
Growing up, I always found construction to be fascinating — the concrete barriers on the side of the streets and the big trucks spraying water and paving asphalt. It was from those memories that I found the passion to design roads.
What I do on a typical day on the job:
Currently, a typical day in the office involves looking through plans and engaging in construction contract administration. I am assisting with a site observation, which also has me looking through contract documents and scheduling site material testing.
My favorite part of my job:
My favorite part of my job is coming into the office every day and getting to engage with everyone on our Hanson team.
Notable projects I have worked on:
My favorite project so far has been a project in Odem, Texas, because I was able to learn about how to properly observe a construction site and about material testing. The other project I can’t wait to get started is in Taft, since I will be able to fully witness the rebuilding of the city streets.
What I like to do when I’m not working:
When I am not at work, I love to watch sports, spend time with my family and friends, and play video games.