James Gerloff P.E.
Architectural Engineering, Class of 2000
Structural Engineering, Class of 2004
James Gerloff is a licensed professional and structural engineer in 48 states and is helping to set the standard in his industry. As chief operating officer of J3 Engineering Group LLC (a company he founded in 2012), he oversees all aspects of engineering for the company. Having these licenses puts him into an elite group of engineers, which allows J3 Engineering Group to work on a broad array of projects across the United States.
“MSOE gave me a solid engineering base with good logic fundamentals. It taught me to set high goals, find better solutions, strive for excellence and take pride in my work,” said James, who has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering. He knows his success would not be possible without the help from his professors and effort he put in while working toward his degrees and said, “One of my biggest accomplishments is passing all of the PE (Professional Engineer) and SE (Structural Engineering) exams the first time!”
At J3 Engineering, James also trains team members, develops standards and handles marketing, managing business relationships and engineering projects. “Part of my job entails being active in industry, allowing me to help set new industry standards and market to potential clients. I am proud to be chairman of the PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) Connection Details Committee. This is a national organization where engineers, designers and other members come together to move the industry forward. It was exciting help publish the first edition of the PCI Connections Manual. Now, I’m chairman of the committee and we are working towards the second edition. Through this involvement, my fellow committee members and I have learned a great deal.”
When asked what advice he had for current MSOE students, James said, “Engineering is only half the battle; you also need to get involved with people and extracurricular activities. At MSOE, I was part of RHA (Residence Hall Association). I was president of AGC (Associated General Contractors) and enjoyed working with a team to build a bridge in New Berlin, which the community continues to use. My senior year I joined Tau Beta Pi. I also played intramural floor hockey.
“After graduation, become involved in professional societies. Involved does not simply mean be a member, you must truly be involved. I learned so much from being an active member of PCI’s Connection Details Committee. In life you need to go the extra mile, employers are looking for that. Find an internship. While there, ask questions and go above and beyond. When opportunities present themselves, take them on, even if you don’t think you are qualified. Realizing your potential as a great engineer and leader is your responsibility. The truth is that leadership opportunities are plentiful and within reach for most of us.”