• A stator in the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee.
  • The penstocks above the water at Hoover Dam
  • The top of Shasta Dam in California
  • An automated gate structure on a canal in Washington.
  • An aerial photo of the sunsetting at Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado.

EMPLOYEE PROFILE: Brandon Harper

A photo of Brandon HarperPosition: STEP, Engineering Aid
School: Boise State University
Major: Civil Engineering, Minor in Chinese Language
Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho
Involvement

As a Civil Engineering student at Boise State University, I am always on the lookout for opportunities to gain experience alongside my studies. My academic advisor sent me an announcement for an Engineering Aid position at Reclamation’s Clearwater Snake/Salmon Recovery Office, located in Boise, Idaho. Since I am very interested in Environmental Engineering, I felt this would be a good fit and applied. I was fortunate enough to receive this position for the summer of 2011 and have been able to continue working in the position through spring 2012.

Experience

Reclamation has introduced me to a wide variety of experiences. I have taken part in everyday tasks, such as data management, plus my favorite part of the job; field work. In the field I have made stream flow measurements and have received training on various types of equipment, such as Marsh-McBirney Flow Meters and a SonTek River Surveyor. I have also accompanied inspections and helped identify possible future project locations. This internship has been a great experience, allowing me to apply my studies and gain hands-on know-how. I have also previewed how my career could look in the future.

Accomplishments

As an engineering aide I have worked on a large variety of projects. I have assisted my team with drafting reports, writing assessments, and gathering data. Putting together a booklet on the different types of habitat restoration structures used by Reclamation was one of the biggest projects I helped complete.

Future

My primary goal for the future is to finish earning my Bachelor’s Degree. After this I am looking into many career options as a Civil Engineer. I also plan to continue my education to earn a Master’s Degree in either Environmental Engineering or Coastal Engineering.

Updated: October 19, 2012