My Hallam Story
Tori Kushner

Victoria Kushner | Mechanical Engineer

Tori is part of the engineering team in the Vermont office. She produces mechanical, plumbing, and process drawings utilizing AutoCAD and Revit, as well as doing code analysis, duct layout design, hot water heating calculations and pump selections.

"During the spring of 2017, I was a junior at the University of Vermont attending the Spring Career Fair when I met Linda Kronoff from Hallam-ICS. We chatted for a few minutes while she told me about the work Hallam does and the company environment – I was especially interested in the small company atmosphere and the dog-friendly office. I gave Linda my resume and applied online later that day. I ended up being chosen for the Summer 2017 Engineering Intern position.

While I was a summer intern, I learned more than I ever expected to at Hallam-ICS. Immediately, I was involved in a variety of projects and roles – from CAD work to product research to project administration and more on small and large projects. I was thankful for everyone I worked with for answering my numerous questions and working with me as I learned new information. As my summer internship was coming to an end, Bill Neuberger called me into his office with an offer to extend my work at Hallam as a part-time intern during my senior year – and I happily accepted.

My school-year employment continued to be worthwhile and educational despite my part-time status. I was able to supplement my classes at UVM with real-world skills and dive deeper into AutoCAD and Revit – something the Mechanical Engineering students at UVM are not required to learn per curriculum. As I progressed as a senior, I started to think more about what in the world I wanted to do as a career. My involvement with the Race to Zero program, a student design competition with the challenge of designing a net-zero energy home, as a personal hobby my junior year and as a senior design project led me to be interested in building design. My involvement with Hallam-ICS as an intern led me to my decision to pursue building design and work towards attaining my Professional Engineer license.

As my graduation date creeped closer, I was spending many hours a week job searching in Vermont, back home in Maryland, and way out in California. I asked Bill to be a reference and for any advice he had for a soon-to-be engineer. His response surprised me by also offering an interview with Hallam for a full-time position after graduation. As this was early in the year, we decided to wait on the interview until the spring. However, I received an employment offer from another Vermont company, which moved up my interview date to the day I told Bill of the other offer.

I sat down later that day with Bill, Linda, and Keith Flaherty to discuss my time and experiences at Hallam and receive an offer of employment. In the end, I chose Hallam because of its small company work environment, social mission, and the respect and appreciation I receive from everyone at Hallam. I believe I am not just ‘one of the numbers’ at Hallam, and that the work we do makes a difference. I look forward to many more learning experiences at Hallam as I start my career as a Mechanical Engineer."

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