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Associates of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and Surveying Student

  • 23 Jan 2023 11:25 AM
    Message # 13069428
    PLSO Office (Administrator)

    Branden Summers
    (509) 215-0206

    Driven is the best word to describe me. I out-work and out-pace those around me with a passion to learn all I can about what I am doing. Honesty and Integrity are key attributes to my personal philosophy in life. I strive to excel and exceed, but also desire to help those around me succeed as well. I am looking for that opportunity to work for a company who can provide experience, knowledge, and skills to help me succeed with my educational and career goals. I am currently enrolled at Umpqua Community College’s engineering program pursuing an Associates of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and Surveying and hope to attain my Bachelor’s Degree in Geomatics.  I am an avid outdoorsman and spend most of my free time exploring the backwoods of my area, camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, but mostly just exploring and enjoying nature at its finest. I decided I enjoy being in the outdoors so much I chose to pursue a career that would combine my love of the outdoors into my work life. Since I started attending college, I realized that this is truly the direction I want to go and can’t wait to start my career and finish my degree.


    Civil Engineering and Surveying, Umpqua Community College

    This is in the early stages of the process, and I have completed my first year of the Associates degree for Civil Engineering and Surveying. I am currently holding 3.76 GPA completing 54 credits. I have completed all required course to attain pathway certificates in Geographical Information Systems, Computer-aided Design. Surveying classes start in the spring, which I have signed up for. In the meantime, I am continuing with advanced math and engineering classes.

    Pathway Certificate – Geographical Information Systems
    Umpqua Community College
    Pathway Certificate – Computer-aided Design (CAD)
    Umpqua Community College


    June 5, 2018 - Current
    Quality Systems Coordinator, Orenco Systems, Inc.

    Started as an Entry-level Manufacturing Technician where I worked my way up to a Lead Technician, after which I was offered my current position as Quality Systems Coordinator.

    Duties Included:

    • Leading a team of 20+ employees
    • Performing regular inspection and reviews to ensure employees adhere to quality and safety policies Monitoring and reporting on all activities, processes, and procedures
    • Ensuring compliance with new and existing quality standards and regulations
    • Implementing quality management actions
    • Contributing to the development of company policies and procedures
    • Providing quality support to projects form the planning phase to project completion
    • Created and implemented a database used to log lab testing information to support standardization of testing procedures, equipment, and methodologies
    August 2017 – August 2019
    Owner/Operator, Residential General Contractor CCB#216638

    Smaller scale general contracting jobs which included repair interior exterior of homes, full room remodeling of walls ceilings and flooring, deck building and roofing.

    Duties included:

    • Generating new business opportunities
    • Visiting customers and jobs sites to discuss and appraise jobs
    • Negotiating with customers and suppliers to achieve best price and profit margins
    • Completing paperwork and financial documents, billings, and taxes
    • Ensuring quality work within the quoted timeframe
    June 2016 – July 2017

    I moved cattle across lands from field to field for a Grass Fed Organic Cattle ranch.

    Duties included:

    • moving cattle for fresh feed
    • maintaining the fields.
    • Setting fences, both barbed wire and electric and moved them daily
    • set and operated large crop circle irrigation to maintain grazing fields
    • operated and maintained all equipment need for the job, this includes 4-wheelers, backhoes, skid steers, trucks, irrigation circles, and well pumps.
    January 2015 – June 2016

    This is a family owed business where I served as the day-to-day operations manager in the production of USDA inspected sausage for retail sales that were distributed across central and eastern Washington.

    Duties included:

    • operating under daily supervision of a USDA inspector to control the safety and quality of our retail products.
    • writing and following daily our HACCP (Hazzard Analysis and Critical Control Points), this is step-by-step break down of the process accessing any biological, chemical, or physical contamination that could be presented and how to prevent them.
    • following strict guidelines laid out by the USDA in the Codes of Federal regulations.
    • collected live culture sampling required to be sent off and lab tested monthly.
    • worked as a sales representative on the road delivering product to stores as well as gaining new prospects and
    • getting our product distributed through a wholesale provider.
    June 2010 – December 2014
    MEAT DEPARTMENT MANAGER, CK MARKETS, INC. (Ray’s Food Place, Shop Smart)

    I started with the company as a manager in training traveling across Oregon and California assisting and training in meat departments for the company. I managed the Meat departments in Redmond, Pleasant Hill, and Creswell.

    Duties included:

    • controlling daily production of short, dated consumable products
    • maintained weekly sales, product pricing, and event sales
    • controlled monthly profit margins
    • monitored and balanced inventory
    • wrote weekly schedules for staff
    • assisted the Corporate Meat Merchandiser on many reorganizations and manager changes through the company
    • helped as a closer of stores during a restructuring.
    • I have great familiarity with State and Federal Codes of Regulation with an understating of how to properly navigate their online database.
    • I have a construction background with understating of jobsite application and permitting process
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, Smartsheets, Lucid Charts
    • I can do anything with my hands, wood working, metal fabrication, composite fabrication, plumbing.

    In my personal life I enjoy the outdoors. My family and I go camping, fishing, and hiking regularly. I have many hobbies including woodworking where I have built and sold many rustic style pieces of furniture. I am involved in the classic car scene here locally with my family. When I’m not working, I dedicate my time to raising my two girls and hoping I provided them with great opportunities for their futures.

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