A Bright Future
Involved in the Community
Giving back to communities is part of our company’s commitment to involvement and philanthropy. From technical to professional associations, and from educational competitions to community events, we encourage and support all our team members to become actively involved members of organizations. Through our volunteer efforts, we grow professionally and personally. We realize that relationships extend beyond a project or a client, and giving back builds stronger bonds within our teams and helps communities at the same time.
A Halloween costume party is part of the fun inside the walls at Farris. Our Farris Activity and Culture Enhancement (FACE) group organizes activities where we get to interact and be a little crazy, including a Summer Picnic, Husker Tailgate party, Christmas party, potluck lunches, bowling, and happy hours.
As a company focused on individual as well as company success, we value mentoring relationships with educational and industry organizations. Here are some interesting ways Farris gives back to the industry:
Inside Our Walls
On-the-job training is the best teacher for employees who are just entering the professional workplace. From onboarding to introductions around the office, young engineers are teamed with senior staff so their first months on the job are smooth and they become acquainted with our services, projects, and clients. We support professional growth through organizational involvement and leadership, workshops, and in-house lunch and learns.
Outside Our Walls
Farris Engineering encourages and supports mentoring at area schools through various industry organizations and professional associations. Our employees volunteer their time to meet with students and encourage them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs. We support the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) student mentoring program and the Future City competition sponsored locally by the Nebraska ASE chapter.
Dave Benscoter recently participated in the ACE Mentor Program by sharing his Revit knowledge with a group of students from Westside High School. The two-hour mentoring session was focused on basic Revit skills and how to use the architectural tools in the software. The students designed a 2-story building as a team in a friendly competition with other high school teams. They were required to model the building and locate it on a site plan. Then, they developed and presented their design in a typical construction document set and created a rendering using software, such as Enscape or something similar. At the end of two hours, they modeled walls, doors, floors, and roofs. Dave said that this mentoring experience improved his Revit knowledge as well, and plans to participate with the ACE Mentor Program in the future. He also mentioned that he might sign up for a welding class. The mentoring session was at the Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus in one of the computer labs in the Construction Education Center. The facility offers hands-on training and uses a “going to work” approach to learning. If the opportunity presents itself, visit the facility and discover where today’s children can start down the path to become future engineers.
Find Us Out and About
- Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)
- University of Nebraska Lincoln Design Competition Evaluator
- Society for Marketing Professional Services Nebraska Chapter (SMPS)
- Commercial Real Estate Women Nebraska Chapter (CREW)
- American Council of Engineering Companies Nebraska Chapter (ACEC)
- Building Owner and Manager Association (BOMA)
- Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
- Rotary (Omaha Chapter)
- Fun Runs
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chapter (UNO Chapter)
- Engineers Without Borders (UNO Student Chapter Supporter)
- Pink Hardhat Days (Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction)
- Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
- Carolyn Scott Rainbow House Meal Delivery
- Boy Scouts
On the Lookout
We are always on the lookout for motivated and talented people to join our team. If you like to be challenged and want to work where your expertise directly effects the value of an employee-owned company, then Farris is the place for you. Whether just starting you’re career or you’re a seasoned professional, you should consider opportunities here. We would like to meet you!