The second Discover Your Path series features Matt Surges, a Superintendent who started his career at Power in 2016 as an Assistant Project Engineer (APE). Beginning in the healthcare division, Matt quickly excelled in the field and was soon promoted to Project Engineer. And over the past seven years, he has worked on several major healthcare developments for Rush University Medical System, Northwestern Medicine, and NorthShore University Health System. Learn more about Matt's journey from Joliet Junior College student to Project Superintendent.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ASSISTANT PROJECT ENGINEER PROGRAM?
What Project are you Currently Working on?
What was your first power job? What jobs have you been on?
Those two jobs kicked off what has become a career working in healthcare construction! After working in DeKalb, I went to Lutheran General Hospital as a part of a team building out an 18,400 sf Cardiac Catheterization Lab. A highly complex build-out in an active hospital, this job is where I learned about the intricacies of healthcare construction and integrating the design and construction process with the healthcare providers. From that job, I went to a major development at Rush University Medical Center to construct a 480,000 sf outpatient care center.
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HOW DID YOU MANAGE WORK AND SCHOOL?
I worked full-time at Power and went to school at night. After completing the two-year program at Joliet Junior College, I shifted to online courses at Indiana State University to get my Construction Management degree, which gave me more flexibility for studying.
HOW DID THE APE PROGRAM INFLUENCE YOUR CAREER?
I was still determining my career path during my second semester at Joliet Junior College. After learning about the APE program, I had a better sense of direction and realized that this could be both a unique opportunity to learn while working on a real job, get tuition assistance, and earn a paycheck. I've been with the company for over seven years and know I made the right decision.