40 under Forty: Doug Enderson, transportation engineer, DOWL HKM

2014-02-02T00:15:00Z 2014-02-10T16:40:18Z 40 under Forty: Doug Enderson, transportation engineer, DOWL HKM The Billings Gazette
February 02, 2014 12:15 am

Doug Enderson, a transportation engineer for DOWL HKM, designs highways for a living and is no stranger to drivers’ complaints.

“Everybody is a traffic engineer when they’re driving,” he said. “That’s the fun part about it, getting to solve some of the traffic problems.”

Enderson managed the design for the Rimrock Road expansion in Billings. He’s currently managing the design for the reconstruction of Highway 200 between Sidney and Fairview, and he has assisted in traffic design for the highway upgrade between Laurel and Rockvale.

Enderson excelled in math and science while attending Skyview High. Engineering seemed like a natural path, and he’s glad that he attended Montana State University.

“When I was in high school, MSU was ranked fifth or sixth nationally for engineering. It’s relatively inexpensive, and they have top-notch teachers,” he said.

Enderson became interested in transportation while completing his degree in civil engineering. He worked as a transportation engineer in Arizona for five years but always wanted to return to Montana, and was hired by DOWL HKM, where he had done internships during college.

Describe how you got where you are in your work today. I have been blessed with excellent mentors who have constantly challenged and encouraged me to continue to develop as an engineer and as a person. Their mentoring and my commitment, dedication and extra efforts have led to where I am today.

What’s the toughest challenge that you have faced in your business? Leading and managing a team of coworkers to develop high-quality products efficiently.

What did you learn from that challenge? I was advised early in my career that to be successful in this profession, I need to be able to lead myself before leading others. I learned the true meaning of that advice from that challenge.

What’s the best business advice you have received? As consulting engineers, we have no other reason to exist than to serve our clients. There are so many other aspects to consulting, but that thought captures the heart of our business. I try to remember that statement when I get caught up in the day-to-day struggles that we endure.

Who gave you that advice? Ed Vick, co-founder of my previous employer, Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.

Here’s what I’d like to do to improve my community: Encourage others to volunteer. There are so many boards, commissions, clubs and community service organizations that benefit from the dedication of individuals. The time commitment is generally minimal compared to the benefit the community receives.

Aside from profit and loss, how do you measure success in your job? Developing relationships and gaining the trust of clients, co-workers and colleagues.

Which living person do you most admire? My father. Dad is the handyman of handymen, never hesitates to help a friend or family member, and never expects anything in return. He is caring, compassionate and supportive and has a relaxed confidence that is second to none. I can only hope to be half the man he is someday.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Realizing that there is nothing I can’t learn.

I’m happiest when I’m… with my wife, kids and dog on the bank of a stream or lake wetting a line or throwing rocks.

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