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Mr. Cody Obropta, P.E., M.ASCE

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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Maine Department of Environmental Protection
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Mr. Cody Obropta, P.E., M.ASCE


Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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Posted By Cody Obropta 05-23-2024 03:05 PM
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I'll offer my own advice and thoughts for this discussion. I think part of becoming a sought-after candidate is building both a strong network and a reputation of hard work and ambition. How do you build a strong network? I think it starts with having a platform on which you can collect contacts. ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 05-23-2024 03:04 PM
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I couldn't agree more, Christopher! I can't tell you how many times I've seen a company struggling with a particular task that could easily be automated or remedied with someone halfway competent with Microsoft Excel. I also very much agree on knowing how and when to communicate (and when it may be ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 05-10-2024 09:09 AM
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Welcome, aspiring and seasoned civil engineering professionals alike! In today's fast-paced and competitive job market, standing out as a sought-after candidate is key to unlocking exciting career opportunities. Whether you're a recent graduate embarking on your professional journey or a seasoned veteran ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 04-12-2024 11:39 AM
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I agree with Benjamin. It's best to contact the board, since they may have some latitude to grant exemptions/waivers and may be understanding to your situation. Reaching out to the university is also a good idea - I would recommend contacting your dean and/or speaking to some of the civil engineering ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 04-12-2024 11:38 AM
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Hello all! You don't have to be a principal or partner at a civil engineering firm to recognize the need for hiring more engineers, designers, inspectors, and surveyors. Many engineering firms are struggling to hire these crucial staff. State and government agencies also struggle with chronic understaffing ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 03-05-2024 08:58 PM
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Networking is an essential aspect of career development in the field of civil engineering, providing opportunities to connect with peers, mentors, and potential collaborators. As we navigate our professional journeys, it's crucial to identify and participate in networking events that offer the most value ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 01-30-2024 03:24 PM
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Hey Misty! Many things are at play here and I don't know your exact circumstances, so I don't want to speculate. That being said, doing a priority list can often be helpful. You need a certain amount of food, water, and sleep to remain operational, even more to be performing optimally. You also need ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 01-30-2024 03:23 PM
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Hello Hariharan, I don't have much experience with exchange students, but I know my father, a university professor, has worked with several in the past. It sounds like the biggest hurdle is the sponsorship process these companies need to go through to get you the proper credentials to stay and ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 01-09-2024 08:03 AM
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I made progress on several of my 2023 goals - especially getting finances in order and reading/listening to more books. 2024 is about getting back into shape for me. I'm aiming to get my body fat percentage from ~22% to 15%. ------------------------------ Cody Obropta P.E., M.ASCE Environmental ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 12-29-2023 02:05 PM
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I'll kick this off - In addition to the gift of spending time with friends and family, I also received a walking pad. This gift fits my efforts to be more active throughout the day. It's easy to get up and move in the spring, summer, and fall, but once winter comes to Maine, it's not as fun going for ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 12-29-2023 11:25 AM
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Season's greetings, ASCE community! As we bid farewell to another year, let's come together to celebrate the holiday spirit and share the joy that comes with thoughtful gifts. Whether it's a gadget that simplifies your engineering tasks, a book that inspires your professional growth, or a heartfelt gesture ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 11-14-2023 07:34 PM
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I'm definitely a fan of Practical Engineering. I like Andrew Millison - though his stuff is more related to landscape architecture and permaculture. I do like his pond and swale designs and his approach to ecologically beneficial site design. CrashCourse has a playlist on the topic of Engineering. ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 06-26-2023 11:03 AM
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I'm no longer a student (graduated back in 2017), but I credit my summer internships with success I experienced after graduation. I can't speak for all engineering schools, but if other universities are similar to Rutgers School of Engineering, you learn a lot of important material to help pass ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 06-26-2023 10:59 AM
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I've used Chat GPT for a variety of applications. The best use case I've found is for generating social media captions. I know most larger firms can afford a marketing team, but if you're a smaller consulting firm, you may do your own social media in-house. I know I've always had trouble writing interesting ...
Posted By Cody Obropta 06-26-2023 10:58 AM
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You've got some excellent books here! I hope you've been making progress on this impressive list. I don't have much time to read these days, but I've been listening to tons of audiobooks. I've listened to both Seven Habits of Highly Effective People & Atomic Habits last year. This year I've listened ...