Alum balances career and family life at civil engineering firm

Jocelynn (Anderson) Crowther graduated from BYU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. After graduation, she decided to continue her education, and spent the next two years earning a master’s degree. Halfway through her master’s program, she entered the workforce, accepting a position with J-U-B Engineers, a civil engineering company that provides infrastructure engineering, geographic information systems, and public involvement services.

Crowther worked for J-U-B in Utah for just over three years until she and her husband moved to Arkansas in the summer of 2017. However, J-U-B allowed her to work remotely from Arkansas for almost five additional months, right up to the very day her son was born in November. Working remotely for J-U-B provided Crowther with the last few months of experience she needed in order to earn her professional engineering license, which she did in October.

At J-U-B, Crowther worked as an Engineer in Training (EIT). As an EIT, she assisted one of J-U-B’s engineers, who worked as city engineer for a local community, helping him review land development plans, design projects and see those projects through to construction.

“I was lucky enough to work under a great engineer and mentor who taught me different ways to look at things, as well as helped me develop the skills I needed to be confident in my engineering abilities.”

Crowther relied heavily on mentors to show her the ropes of civil engineering. Even after earning a master’s degree, she recognized that there is only so much one can learn while in school. In her mind, school is essential in establishing a solid foundation of information, but she understands that her time at BYU merely served as the beginning of her engineering education.

“Knowing how to learn is really one of the most important skills you can enter the workforce with,” Crowther said. “What I learned about engineering [at BYU] provided a good basis of knowledge, but there are lots of things that you just have to be trained on and learn when you start working.”

Looking back on her time at BYU, Crowther is grateful for professors who helped her see the importance of exercising a bit of selectivity when seeking out employment. Therefore, she set her sights on employers who took interest in her personal and professional goals, and who seemed to be as engaged in her success as her professors. These criteria led her to accept a position at J-U-B, a decision that has added great benefit to her life.

“I really love the company culture and how we care about those we work for, as well as those that we see at work each day,” she said.

One of Crowther’s favorite assignments at the company has been participating in an Engineers Week event in one of the communities she worked for. As part of the event, she visited 5th graders in local elementary schools, teaching them about civil engineering and organizing bridge-building competitions. She enjoyed helping the children experience the same passion for engineering that she feels, if only for a few hours.

It’s that same passion that urged Crowther to earn her master’s degree, a decision that she understands might not be best for every undergraduate. That being said, she finds ways to draw from her master’s education every day at work.

“My master’s degree education was much more open-ended and self-directed than an undergraduate degree, which I think helped me develop skills that have been useful at work,” she said. “It helped me learn the importance of and how to analyze problems and develop a good approach before jumping into finding a solution.”

Currently, Crowther is busy taking care of her newborn son and also working at J-U-B, where she was recently offered continued part-time employment.

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