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Portland, Oregon

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Gerry Verhoef, Engineer Associate

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Mentor Name:
Gerry Verhoef

Engineer Associate

Portland Parks & Recreation, City of Portland

Some college but mostly on the job training

Began civil engineering career at ODOT learning as a Jr Engineer about building roadways. Acquired LSIT (Land Surveyor in Training) Certificate while at ODOT. I then came to City of Portland at the Water Bureau as a Engineer II/CAD Tech. I spent 8 years as a CAD Tech before moving over to design for Water Bureau. Acquired my EIT during the 4 years in design. I then moved over to Portland Parks & Recreation through an opportunity to promote to Engineer Associate and have been here for 4 1/2 years. My acquired engineering knowledge, skills, and abilities have been acquired through work and augmented with some college classes. I have also spent 4 1/2 years as the President for the COPPEA union and over 10 years as a Steward for the same union. I have also been a COPPEA representative on multiple LMCs (Labor/Management Committees) and the LMBC (Labor/Management Benefits Committee).

Work passions: 
1. Understanding the why behind the what
2. Look at the whole picture
3. Look out for the underdog

Personal passions:
Family, outdoors, gardening, sharing times with friends, visiting with grandkids. I also like to play pool (billiards), movies, and reading.

Technical Proficiencies:

  • Budgeting
  • CAD
  • Capital Project Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Contract Management
  • Decision Making
  • Effective Communication
  • Facilitation
  • Grant Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Labor Relations
  • Land Surveying
  • Leadership
  • Listening
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Purchasing
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Building
  • Time Management
  • Writing and Editing (non-web related)
  • Writing Council Documents (Ordinances, etc.)

Occupational Experiences:

  • Computer - programming
  • Land Use
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Program Management
  • Transportation