Employee Spotlight: Alex Raposa
At J.S. Held, we talk a lot about our people. Our clients frequently cite the expertise and service of our team as a key benefit to working with us. So, what does a J.S. Held employee look like and how do they contribute to the quality of service we deliver? In this Employee Spotlight series, we share the stories of J.S. Held colleagues across our organization to learn more about who they are and what they do – both in and outside of the workplace.
Get to know Alex Raposa, EI - Project Engineer.
Alex Raposa has been in the engineering consulting industry for over three years. He joined J.S. Held in early 2018 as a part of the Bracken Engineering acquisition and is based out of our Tampa, Florida office. Alex is a key contributor to our Forensic Architectural and Engineering Business Practice and is known for his impeccable work ethic, building code knowledge, and desire to become a renowned structural specialist.
“It only takes a few minutes with Alex to realize how passionate he is about his job, his family, and everything he participates in,” said Geoffrey Chambers, Senior Engineer. “He is a team player who lifts us all up with his natural leadership skills and reputation of excellence with our clients. Alex embodies every aspect of our core values and I’m proud to have him as a representative of our team.”
Alex is regularly engaged on cause and origin investigations, storm-related damage assessments, and roof evaluations. When not in the field or compiling deliverables, he also assists on Building Code issues.
Alex is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He has also obtained his Engineering Intern Certificate, which is awarded to engineering graduates who have taken and successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.
In addition to graduating from an ABET-accredited engineering program and passing the FE exam, four years of experience working as an engineer must also be completed in order to sit for the Professional Engineering (PE) exam. Alex will be eligible to take his PE exam in 2020, however he is currently putting in double-duty to not only gain the required professional experience but also to start working toward his master’s degree in engineering management.
Prior to starting his engineering career, Alex provided janitorial support to several auto garages, detailed automobiles, worked in the used car department at a Chevrolet dealership, and served behind the counter at a local meat and seafood department. While unrelated to engineering, he feels the experience gained from those roles helped mold who he is today. Alex is well respected for his commitment to going the extra mile, staying ahead of any potential pitfalls before they arise, and for providing first-class customer service.
Alex embraces the opportunity to work with various structures and building components that are nearing the end of their life cycle. The ability to see how and where things went wrong and provide insight on how to prevent these issues from occurring in the future are aspects of engineering that he enjoys most.
He has worked on hundreds of limited scope assessments for residential and commercial structures. Some of the more notable projects have included damage assessments and construction defect investigations on multi-family high rises throughout Florida and structural repair directives for commercial buildings damaged by wind, fire, hail, tree impact, vehicular impact, and water.
Solving problems, providing reliable solutions, and offering recommendations on complex matters inspires Alex on a daily basis. He takes great pride and responsibility in the work he delivers and is known to be his own biggest critic. He understands how much his words and actions impact the clients he serves and feels it is his obligation to deliver his absolute best 100 percent of the time.
Away from work, Alex continues to refine his mental and physical toughness by staying active. He can be found playing highly-competitive pick-up basketball and golf with his friends or working on projects around his new house. When it is time to unwind, he enjoys a relaxing evening with his fiancée, Kylie, trying new bars and restaurants, binge-watching Netflix, picking on his guitar, and hanging out with his rescue pup, Cali.
Alex is also actively involved in his community as a Committee Chairman for the Bay Area Chapter of the Florida Structural Engineers Association, an organization committed to enhancing the profession of structural engineering in the State of Florida.