Expert Spotlight: Connor Shivetts

Years at Nave Newell: 5 years

Current Role: Recently promoted to Site Design Engineer

Previous Roles at Nave Newell: Started as a Staff Engineer  

Education: Pennsylvania State University – Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering

Expertise: City of Philadelphia Permitting Expert

I especially enjoy working on projects that involve stormwater management in the City of Philadelphia because the Water Department design manual is very clear and all-encompassing. There is rarely ambiguity as to what the design criteria are and how you can demonstrate compliance.

Favorite Nave Newell Way Fundamental: Fundamental #3 – Do the Right Thing, Always.

This is my favorite fundamental for a few reasons. The main thing it does for me is hold me accountable. The “always” part after the comma is especially important. Often it is easy to do the right thing when you receive praise or when it is convenient; but it takes a special amount of discipline to continue this commitment when nobody is watching. 

Family and Fun Facts

Favorite Way to Relax on a Weekend: Camping, hiking, or going to the beach. Of course, while spending time with family and friends.

Childhood Dream Job: Rock Star – While I did learn to play guitar, my garage band never hit the big time.

Hidden Talents: Walking on my hands

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given: Don’t take yourself too seriously

Professional Questions

What attracted you most to Nave Newell?

I was attracted to Nave Newell because of their commitment to training of new staff. I was barely out of college and really looking to learn and grow in the field of Land Development and Site/Civil Engineering. I quickly discovered that If I was eager to learn, there was an expert on the staff willing to teach.

What do you like most about your job?

Every project is unique and offers new experiences to learn. Engineers are naturally problem solvers and each project presents different problems requiring creative solutions.

Who’s your mentor?

Jim Bannon – Nave Newell’s Civil Department Manager

Projects you’re currently working on:

Projects for the Philadelphia Cricket Club, a new Career Pathways Academy for Father Judge High School, and several industrial and residential development projects.

What are your goals for the next year?

Pass the PE exam

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