LIFE AT VSCE
We are independent
and work collaboratively!
While many of our employees work off-site at project or client offices, we are still one a team and often collaborate, and assist each other for best practices, learning and/or advice. We take pride in our positive work environment and structured and unstructured fun.
VSCE CREATES A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND CAREER GROWTH
Mentorship & Professional Growth at VSCE
VSCE has provided me with the opportunity to work with some extremely knowledgeable individuals in the industry.
Since joining the company, I have been able to work with and learn from an extremely knowledgeable Engineer with an extensive background of experience working with local agencies.
Her knowledge and mentorship not only helped give me a good foundation to grow my career exponentially in a short amount of time, but also helped foster confidence in myself that was greatly needed for professional growth.
- CAROL SLOCUM
PM/CM Manager, BART
“VSCE is an inclusive employer that hires outstanding individuals from a multitude of racial, religious, and educational backgrounds who come together to create a team able to quickly and effectively manage our client's projects.
Client projects vary widely in scope, allowing us to learn about many different sectors of construction.
The management emphasizes flexibility in the work we do, which provides for an enjoyable work-home life balance”
– Adam Gehlert
Sr. Construction Engineer
LIFE AT VSCE
The Fun Factor!
VSCE promotes fun activities with employees both at work and with our project partners. Their work areas may incorporate Fun Zones, decorations of workstations demonstrating their hobbies and/or interests, supporting sports teams, and respecting the environment. VSCE promotes team building through small and large outings to parks, sports centers, and museums. These activities promote creativity, performance and team building. Go VSCE Team!
VSCE is a great place to work! We work as a team, empowering each other and encouraging one another. All voices are included in every discussion, no one team member is greater than the other. Our diverse viewpoints allow us to ensure we devise the best solutions to our clients’ problems.
– Scott Shepard
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
"Diversity and Inclusion" is not just a statement at VSCE, it's who we are!
Our senior leadership team is composed of 75% leaders of color and 50% women. Similarly, our entire organization is composed of diverse individuals who care about diversity and inclusion. We make an intentional effort to develop young diverse leaders into roles of leadership.
Read our founder's story below to see why VSCE is so committed to creating an environment where people from all different kinds of backgrounds can thrive!
GETTING PERSONAL | Who is Jesus Vargas and Where Did He Come From?
Born in Mexico
First in his family to go to college
Grew up in Chicago, in an area with gangs, with nearly no family.
The Personal Story of VSCE Founder, Jesus Vargas
My Dad and I share same name (Jesús.)
Dad moved from Mexico to give my family an education that could lead to career opportunities. He worked at a factory in Chicago for 21 years where he took me as a teen (12-17) to see the challenges of hard work with low pay and very high risk of injury from the sharp steel used to make auto gas tanks. So that means my dad was also in the Transportation Industry like me, now. 😊
I went to numerous elementary school in tough neighborhoods with gangs, drugs, and Snow. Having come from a warm climate I felt like I did something wrong and I was being punished with frost. Yes, I too licked a post and got my tongue frozen to it until I tore the skin to get to class on time. We moved six times in Chicago since coming from Mexico and that translated into numerous loss of possible friends almost made in the 2nd to 8th grades.
In high school I finally made some friends. And I was only a C student, overall. While in HS I took lots of pictures since I had three years of photography, was the lead I.D. photographer, and went on to get at graduation the Photographer of the Year Award, where the prize was a name plate I used for over 15 years.
My biggest challenge was Mrs. Barriga (no pun), whom was my Spanish teacher from Cuba, which I debated pronunciation and staying in her class. She swore I would never graduate from College. Not sure if that was reverse psychology, but it must have worked. Boy did I like scheduling my school photo shoots for her class. Never got an A. But it felt good walking out with that pass from the Principal.
My counselors (LULAC) suggested I use my math and drafting design skills and good grades to get into college. I was expecting a City College, but they got me into University of Illinois at Chicago (initially when I applied was called Chicago Circle Campus, or CCC for short).
The name change scared us Latinos, so we sought support under a group at CCC/UIC @ Chicago called the Confederation of Latin America Students (CLAS). Having had grown up the prior four years in what was a less ethic area of Chicago, I had to integrate with the Hispanics (now called LatinX) groups. They partied more than my Iron Maiden/AC-DC friends of HS. Well, if it was going to keep me from failing and came with a few trips to the Zoo where we would awake. Oops. That’s a story for another audience.
My freshman year at college I worked real hard not to fail classes that then led to getting straight As. Big difference from HS. But I did miss photography, so I signed up to be one of the college newspaper photographers. Wish I would had liked sports more then because I had a free pass to every college event. I also regretted the writing requested to describe the photos (captions they call them). But the college counselors then reminded me that there was no money in photography. So, I guess they were correct and I stopped taking pictures my 2nd year.
During college I had engineering internships through the Engineering Cooperative (Co-Op) program and made more money than my dad, per hour. That was sad, but I did not rub it in. I think he was proud of me, quietly.
Well, I graduated with a Structural Engineering Degree, after having avoided the Transportation department at College. Only to get a job as a Civil engineer for Caltrans in San Francisco. Yes, for the Department of Transportation. I was allergic to the word Transportation because of the college professor there. Caltrans interviewed on campus my last year and I guess, I answered the tough questions using what my dad taught me when we went hunting. I think is was one of the three times I actually went. He invited dozens but I was not interested.
So Caltrans hired me to work in SF, so I moved from Chicago, driving a brand new black Pontiac Firebird. Two years later I went to work for consultants and then several years later started my own company...VSCE, Inc.
Now I hire the structural engineers (plus specialists of all kinds) and select the cities we work in based on client relationships and quality of life for the staff’s families. I am a proud father of 3 young adults...2 sons whom completed their engineering degrees (BioMedical and Mechanical) And my “prinsesa” whom started College (in 2019) and is looking into the health care arena like her mother.
I have been giving back to the communities I live in by being on volunteer boards, for chambers, I Co-started the Alameda County Apprentice Collaborative (ACAC) promoting construction jobs. I was appointed to be a Commissioner for Transportation in the City of Alameda and termedout in 2019. I hold Advisory Board Position on California Statewide Councils and local Transit Councils.
Now I yearn to explore the great outdoors where the pavement ends, and the dirt roads turn to rocks. Hoping to represent our diverse community on a Statewide or regional board supporting the use of Off-Road vehicles by drivers that care for the environmental and leave it better than when they approached it.
Enough about me.
The Story of VSCE and the Three Fish
How it all began
Have you noticed the fish theme on the VSCE site?
Are you wondering, "Hey, what do fish have to do with an infrastructure construction and management company?"
Let me tell you... everything!
Read on to learn how the fish symbolically illustrate the story of VSCE... From the early days when VSCE just opened its doors for business, to evolving to become the company it is today and how they represent the future vision of VSCE.