Eric West, PE, F.NSPEPrincipal, Director of Site Development and Planning
Eric West is a Principal Director of Site Development and Planning at PSC. As a site development expert, he has directed engineering services for more than 4,000 acres of commercial and residential land and master-planned more than 11,000 acres in the Permian Basin. He has been instrumental on large municipal and transportation planning projects in the region, including Comprehensive Plans, Master Plans, Feasibility Studies and Route Studies.
With a passion for the profession, he has served in many leadership roles, including president of the local chapter for the American Society of Civil Engineers and Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Eric has also been recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year at the chapter, state and national level by TSPE and the National Society of Professional Engineers. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
“This phrase, Building Community, is so rich in its many facets. I love that what we do as a company is physically helping to build the communities where we live and work. It’s a rewarding profession to be a part of. I also love that as a company, we are committed to those same communities in ways beyond our projects. This takes the form of service projects and seats on boards and committees. It also turns up in employee and corporate giving to non-profits, our entire Community Investment Initiative, and everyday living in such a way to make our neighborhoods a better place. Ultimately, building community is also about the family of PSC, and the way we come together to have fun or to comfort each other when we’re hurting. For me, when we use that phrase, I hear all of those things coming together to make PSC what it is and was meant to be.”
Why did you choose PSC?
“At times, I think PSC really chose me. Towards the end of my time at Texas Tech, I had received offers and was continuing to interview in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but as lifelong West Texans, my wife and I longed to stay here and raise a family. We had identified Midland as a place we would enjoy living for a number of reasons. So, when the call came from Kyle about an opening here, we jumped head first and never looked back. It was much later that I experienced the family atmosphere, the great projects and the wonderful people. Only then did I realize why I would have chosen PSC after they had chosen me.”
Why did you choose your profession?
“Looking backwards, it seems inevitable that I would become an engineer, but growing up I didn’t know any. My strengths in math and science, combined with my tiny amount of artistic desire, led me to try the dual Architecture and Civil Engineering program at Texas Tech. It was during that first year of college, experiencing both programs, that I realized my heart and my future was in Civil Engineering. In time, that became my vocation, as I learned how particularly suited I was for it.”
What are your hobbies and interests?
“I love playing the acoustic guitar, songwriting, reading both fiction and non-fiction, traveling, and time with family. I’m also trying my hand at genealogy, but finding it hard to set aside enough time for it.”
What are your outside affiliations?
“Golf Course Road Church of Christ
Praise Teams & Occasional Worship Leader
Missions Committee, 2010-present (Chair, ’14-present)
Life Group Leader
Teacher (2-yr olds, 5th Grade Boys, Adults, etc.)
Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance (MOTRAN)
Member of Board, 2010-present (Chair-Elect, 2016)
City of Midland Parks and Recreation Commission
Member of Board, 2007-2013 (Chair, 2011)
Midland Vision 2020
Area Development Committee Member
Youth Coach and Leader
Upwards Basketball, Midland Soccer Association, YMCA Indian Guides/Princesses.”
What is something interesting about yourself?
I have appeared twice, in print, on the pages of Sports Illustrated. First, as a 7-year-old soccer “prodigy” when my dad submitted a few sentences about a recent season. Later, in a special issue that followed up with some of the “Faces,” I was mentioned in an article about those that carried that honor proudly throughout their life. I think they really liked the fact that my wife and I performed as a musical act for a number of years under the moniker “Faces in the Crowd.”
- 2018 TSPE Engineer of the Year
- 2009 TSPE Young Engineer of the Year