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Rick Martens

Rick Martens

Designer, Drafter, Blogger

Hi, I’m Rick. I’m a Senior Designer with a civil engineering firm in Plano, Texas. In the past, I’ve served in similar roles with firms in Dallas, Fort Myers, FL, and London, ON, Canada. And prior to that, I was an Operations Technician for a Commissioning team overseeing the construction of a world class research facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Along with furthering my skills as a Designer, I look to satisfy my curiosity for travel, culture, history, and great food by doing more traveling, writing and blogging.

A few projects I’ve worked on: Windsong Ranch, Prosper, TX; Artesia North, Prosper, TX; The Quarry, Naples, FL; Hawthorne, Bonita Springs, FL

A few more things I’m working on: canuckatlarge, addictedtoburgers

And my new Ebook: “The Top 50 Renaissance Artists: A Quick Reference” now available on Amazon, Google Play, and coming soon to iBooks, Barnes & Noble and other fine online book sellers.


A few things I like to do



Traveling with my family (the mountains, national parks, camping)

Movies, Spectator Sports, especially European “Football” (Soccer)


Golf (but I never seem to play anymore)


< 22 years combined experience as a designer/drafter within the civil, structural, architectural, and facilities management disciplines.

< 16 years using Autodesk Land Desktop and Civil 3D (currently working in Civil 3D 2018).

< 4 years structural drafting and detailing of concrete, steel, and wood structures, including bridges.

< CAD Committee Representative, CAD Development Trainer, and general computer technical support.

< Web Design and Graphics: Dreamweaver, Rapidweaver, Blue Voda, Photoshop, Fireworks, HTML Coding.

Civil Designer: Spiars Engineering, Inc., Plano, TX (March 2012-Current)
Projects: Residential – Shaddock Homes, Megatel Homes, Commercial, Recreational

CADD Designer: Charles Gojer & Associates, Inc., Dallas, TX (3 years)
Projects: Educational Universities, Middle Schools/High Schools, Elementary Schools, Fire Station #5 Fort Worth, Cobb Park Roadway Design, various drainage studies, Civil 3D 2010 implementation (ongoing).

CADD Design Technician – WilsonMiller, Inc. Fort Myers, FL (6 years 10 months)
Projects: Centex Homes Multi-unit Golf Course Communities, Publix Shopping Center Plaza for Benderson Development, Independence Phase 2 for Habitat for Humanity, Bonita Springs Utilities Expansion Plan, City of Fort Myers Utility Restoration, Pelican Bay Fire Services for Collier County Utilities.

CADD Design Technician – Dillon Consulting, Ltd., London, ON (10 months)
Projects: Springbank Park Water Pumping Station for the City of London, Ontario, McCormick Foods Production Facility and Warehouse, Ontario Ministry of Transportation Highway Overpass Refurbishing.

CADD Design Technician – Jenkins & Charland, Inc., Fort Myers, FL (3 years)
Projects: High-rise Condominiums, Commercial/Retail, Recreational, Educational, Churches, and Institutional Building Construction Projects.

Engineering Technologist – Canadian Science Centre – Winnipeg, MB (1.5 years)
Verified capacity of laboratory air systems with mechanical design software. Edited and updated laboratory plan sets on an as-built basis. Participated in troubleshooting of mechanical and controls systems.

Civil Engineering Associates Degree – Red River College, Winnipeg, MB
Design and construction of building systems, computer assisted design drafting, site inspection and supervision, construction administration, project management, technical sales and support, building sciences and environmental systems, and general surveying practices.

Architectural Drafting Technology Diploma – Assiniboine College, Brandon, MB
Focus on architectural design, drafting, and construction principles.

Design / Drafting / Graphics
Autocad Versions to 2014, Land Desktop 6, Civil 3D 2008-2014, Autodesk Map, Autodesk Raster Design, Autoturn for Autocad, Autodesk Inventor 2008, Adobe Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, some training on Google Sketch-up.

General Computer Experience
Windows Operating Systems (Current), Mac OS (Current), MS Word, Excel, Access, Corel Wordperfect, Limited Networking, Information Processing Fundamentals course, Limited computer technical support for an office of 22 people. Some published web design experience.

Familiarity with Architectural, Civil/Structural, Mechanical, Electrical plan sets. Experience working on commercial, residential, and institutional projects. Experience working in a team based environment. Member of committee charged with identifying, developing, and implementing Cad based technologies for a Top 150 Design Firm as ranked by the Engineering News-Record. Charged with training and technical support of Cad staff in local branch office.

* References and full resume available on request. Request here


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