Meet some of our Wilson & Company family during Engineer's Week 2018:
Tyler Ashton, PE, CFM
What about the engineering profession attracted you? Why did you first get into engineering?
I have always wondered how things work. I always would take things apart to see what was on the inside and most times would be able to put it back together and get it working again.
Does the engineering profession run in your family? Or do you have a mentor/friend/etc that inspired you? Tell me more.
My Dad worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, which later became the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway for over 25 years. I was blessed to be able to accompany him as a kid on all things railroad. I got to ride in the locomotive, the caboose when they still had them, I got to shovel coal into the old steam engines. Some weekends the old round house and machine shop downtown would be my playground. I got to climb in and on locomotives 1010, 2925, 5021 and my favorite 2419 or No. 5 (my Dad called it “Buttercup”). I was there when they tore the roundhouse down and the old smoke stack. My blessing continued after I graduated from NMSU and I came to work at Wilson. My Dad had been laid off from the Railroad in 1990 and started working at Wilson, my weekends with my dad turned into weekdays(some of them were very long) and we traveled the whole western United States building 100s of miles of new railroad track for the BNSF.
What is your favorite project you have worked on?
It would have to be La Tierra Trails in Santa Fe. I got to survey over 25 miles of mountain bike trails in 1500 acres of open space and we designed and built over 2 miles more. We also designed and constructed new trailheads with parking lots for an ATV/MX park, freeride park, and a BMX jump park. The best part was the testing of the trails, because being an avid cyclist there is only one way to know if it is going to work and that is to ride the trails. I would purposely schedule construction and on site meetings at 7 and 8 AM so I could show up early right at sunrise and get some miles in before anyone got there for the meeting.