Our Team

Patrick J. Machin, P.E.

P.E. | PRINCIPAL

Patrick is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering. Since graduation, he has made it his goal to be an out-of-the-box thinker and to build upon his experience as a field inspector, design engineer, township and village engineer, and as a project manager.

Kurt A. Schultz

SENIOR PROJECT DESIGNER | FAA PART 107 UAV PILOT

Kurt is a ITT graduate with a degree in applied computer-aided drafting technology. Kurt has 24 years of experience in AutoCAD drafting for a wide range of projects. He assists the civil and structural disciplines in the preparation of detailed plans.

Matthew W. Hawkins, P.E.

P.E. | PROJECT MANAGER

Matthew is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering. Along with his structural background, he has worked on many site civil and construction related projects including site operations, inspection, and project reviews. He brings a practical approach to the team and is a licensed residential builder in Michigan.

James J. Coughlin, P.E.

P.E. | SENIOR ENGINEER

Jim is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree in Structures with an emphasis in structural vibrations. He taught engineering and physics at Northwestern Michigan College for 34 years prior to retiring. He provides solutions to complex structural problems, performs pier reviews, and performs FEA models. Jim is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed residential builder in the State of Michigan.

Ethan N. Miller

CIVIL | STRUCTURAL DESIGNER

Ethan is a graduate of Trine University (Angola, IN) with a degree in Design Engineering Technology. He has experience in both construction and manufacturing, specifically in 2D drafting and 3D modeling. He completes detailed plans and shop drawings for the civil, structural, and manufacturing fields.

Brian W. Giddis

E.I.T. | PROJECT ENGINEER

Brian is a graduate of The University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He has been a part of the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office for 23 years, where he is currently a Lieutenant. He is a part-time project engineer for the firm, working on civil and structural projects with an emphasis on pile designs.

Sharon A. Bouwense

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Sharon plays a vital role in the operational maintenance and aids the principal with necessary organizational activities. She handles all business invoicing, payroll, and licensing upkeep. Sharon implemented and currently maintains the business’ accounting software, Ajera, along with holding the responsibility of payroll.

Abigail B. Machin

PART-TIME OFFICE ASSISTANT

Abby is a graduate of Northwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Operations and Supply Chain Management. She currently works part-time for the firm and is responsible for website updates, implementing general company organization practices, internal operational documents, and marketing projects.