Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

University of Notre Dame


Professional Certifications


  • LEED Green Associate
  • Six Sigma White Belt
  • Engineer-in-Training
  • Procore Training
  • OSHA 10
  • International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers

Nicholas Carpenter

Project Engineer

Describe the last 10-15 years of your career in a snapshot.
  • Interned for large general contractor (Skanska) and a mechanical subcontractor (UMEC) in college
  • Started full time as a mechanical engineer (E1) working on the design, shipyard construction, and lifecycle support of nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy
  • Promote to E2 and then senior engineer before moving back to CA
  • Worked as a project engineer (PE), performing validation of new lab equipment and systems for Gilead OCN
  • Joined Cannon Building as a project PE in 2020


Favorite building, structure, or architectural piece, and why? 

Sydney Harbour Bridge. I got to visit Sydney a few years ago and do a “bridge climb” and then walk through the museum that explained how it was constructed. It was fascinating to see the structure “up-close and personal” and then learn the history of how they built it back in the 1920s.

What do you like best about what you do at Cannon Building?

Getting to work on exciting and innovative projects that benefit clients in the life science and healthcare industries — and knowing our work has an end result of better patient care.

What are a few of your passions or hobbies? 

I love European football/soccer! My favorite team, Chelsea, played in the Champions League final this year. I also enjoy surfing and hiking around San Diego, where I live.


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