Commonwealth 245 West Michigan Avenue,
Jackson, MI 49201

Jul 25, 2023

Congratulations to Shelby Brajak for being one of our industry’s up-and-coming leaders!

As a civil engineering major in college, Shelby Brajak had no intention of entering the electrical industry until nearing graduation.

“I always thought I might work in the oil and gas industry, with my focus being in geotech, but that industry was in somewhat of a downturn as I was completing my degree,” she says. “I was looking for a non-typical civil engineering field that was stable and would have an abundance of work for a very long time.”

As the demand for power continues to rise and transmission lines are being rebuilt, the electrical industry is the perfect fit for her needs, she explains.

“I am very happy with my decision to go into this field,” says Brajak, who was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. “I think it’s one of the most interesting fields you can be in as a civil engineer.”

Brajak achieved an impressive athletic and academic scholarship at Michigan Technology University, graduating with honors in civil engineering and a minor in geological engineering. She successfully completed her FE (Fundamentals of Engineering) exam in her final semester and obtained her PE (Professional Engineering) license in the summer of 2021.

Initially, Brajak focused on task-oriented work under the guidance of other engineers. However, she has since evolved into a role where she is responsible for overseeing the design execution, scope, schedule, and budget. Additionally, she supervises a team of engineers and provides mentorship to younger professionals.

“Every project has its differences, and no two designs are the same, which is something I really enjoy,” she says. “I will continue to mentor young engineers while enhancing my own knowledge and skill set.”

Congratulations to Shelby for this industry recognition. Commonwealth is proud to have Shelby on the team and is deeply grateful for her contributions!

The original profile was written by Amy Fishbach for EC&M.

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