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Celebrating National Engineers Week With Civil Engineer Jeremy Schwarze


DiscoverE is the backbone organization behind National Engineers Week and several other engineering related programs. Its mission is to get students excited about careers in engineering. To celebrate Engineers Week, February 18-24, 2024, we decided to sit down with five Widseth engineers and ask them about their profession, the future of engineering, and what advice they have for students. This post features civil engineer Jeremy Schwarze, PE, from our Hibbing office.

What’s the most unusual or interesting thing you’ve encountered during a project?

Watching the installation of a prefabricated bridge over a large river was unique. The project location was remote, accessible only by a rugged dirt trail through the forest. Two cranes, one on either side of the river needed huge landing pads to sit on to lift and place the bridge. Very cool to see.

If you could have a superpower that would help you be a better engineer what would it be?

The ability to stay awake for extended periods of time without consequence or needing coffee’would have made college a lot easier.

This year’s theme for Engineers Week is ‘Welcome to the Future!’ What advice do you have for students considering a career in engineering?

Engineering is a broad field of study, and civil engineering is even broader’keep your options open and take a variety of courses. You may not find your calling until you have a few years of experience.

What are your predictions for the future of engineering?

The year 2100: widespread public transportation infrastructure, prevalent green space within developed areas, no more stop lights’self-driving free flow traffic only, completely maintenance-free water/wastewater infrastructure, and remote/unmanned construction equipment for routine street repair.

How does your work as an engineer impact your community?

Planning and designing recreational projects, such as trails and campgrounds, has made me realize the tremendous impact they have on our communities. I enjoy working on projects that make a community feel exciting, fun to explore, and a great place to relax.

What’s one thing that nobody knows about you?

I am a volunteer ski patroller at Giants Ridge.

If I were to have lunch with you what would you order?

Buffalo chicken wings and an iced tea.


Jeremy and his family.

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