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Ian Broddrick

Ian Broddrick

Alta Vista

Assistant Structural Materials Representative

Personal Information

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School: University of California, Davis

Major: Civil Engineering

Years at College Works: 2010

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Alta Vista

Title: Assistant Structural Materials Representative

Industry: Engineering

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I work as a consultant providing materials engineering and administrative services to the Caltrans Office of Structural Materials. This position includes review of Contractor submitting as well as revising specifications, forms and the OSM Practices and Procedures. As a member of the Caltrans METS Steel Committee I work to address issues and new products that arise in the steel industry while continually improving Caltrans contract requirements as they pertain to steel and welding. As a member of this committee, I communicate with Caltrans Branch Chiefs, Industry Experts, AISC Committee Chairs, and Company representatives ranging from Metallurgy Specialists to CEOs and Owners. In my Administrative Engineering roles, I am responsible for facilitating and coordinating regular OSM Trainings, SMR Meetings, and Steel Committee Meetings. These responsibilities also include training OSM personnel on topics such as welding processes. As an Engineer for AV, I am also a part of a team or engineers performing QA for the 950,000 welds on the new SFO Bay Bridge.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Within 4 months of getting my first job I Trained 120 employees from the Caltrans Office of Structural Materials on Welding Processes via presentation, teleconference and webinar.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP set me apart as a man who defines the culture around him.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

Immediately after graduation: I had sales recruiters calling me all the time with job opportunities, unfortunately I was pursuing engineering. Once I began my Engineering interviews, the power theory and rapport building skills I learned in CWP allowed me to dominate them. Now: The rapport building and client relations aspects of CWP have allowed me to build strong relationships withing Caltrans and secured my position as a consultant in their office.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

Thank you for choosing me to paint your house, you made the CWP experience even more fulfilling.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Activity vs Achievement. What is a 20 hour weekend of marketing, or a 40 hour work week worth if you have no achievements to show for it?

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

After CWP, I lived with other interns and I continue to hang out with them. For my 21st birthday a few of them opened up their house and we had 150 people there with a live DJ and an incredible night. Every time I'm in SF I'm hanging out with former CWP Colleges. Last time we all got a yacht and sailed around the SF bay partying it up.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

Changing lives.


What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Potential: Understand that CWP will change your life if you are committed and stick through it. If all you value is money, get a different job. If you want to position yourself for better jobs in the future and are willing to do the hard work, then go for it. Current: Every 'no' brings you closer to that 'yes'. You are the only one who controls your attitude and your attitude & determination will determine your success in CWP. Learn as much form your RC as you can and know what you want to learn in every meeting you have with them.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Engineering is just about the farthest industry from CWP, but the skills I learned have set me apart from all the book worms I'm competing against. Everyone successful person in my company looks like they could have been one of the Million Dollar Man under Jarric Ramos.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

The VP got the top performers a suite at the W Hotel in SF and tickets to the Giants-Dodgers Game. While we were pre-gaming, he decided to fly up a couple RCs from Southern California division to celebrate with us. It was a wild night surrounded by a bunch of studs.

Last words of wisdom

Chris Knight and myself traded off #1 and #2 all sales season because we spend every night doing calls and role plays together.Leverage every resource around you to learn and grow.

Ian Broddrick