Hi! I’m Patrick D. Propst, P.E.. Thanks for stopping by.
I am mechanical engineer to the core. My experience in the mechanical world started after graduation from high school (1973, Indian River High School, Chesapeake, Virginia). I wanted a job that offered skills I could carry anywhere I went (thanks for all the encouragement dad, miss you) and accordingly began an apprenticeship at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock as an apprentice pipefitter. Not to blow my own horn but I was pretty good at pipefitting. My last year I was invited to work in the Design Department. I spent 7 years in the yard and finally got tired of the long drive to and from work. I then found a job with the Public Works Center, Naval Station, Norfolk in the Central Power Plant, Building P-1. A power plant is a pipefitters dream and I was happy during the 4 years I worked there. During this time I realized I wanted more from life than being a pipefitter, so I began taking engineering classes at Old Dominion University. After 2 years of night classes I left my pipefitters job and took on numerous part time jobs to pay for full time classes. 3 years later I graduated (yes, it took 5 years). My first job was with a local consulting firm doing Department of Defense work and learning the ropes. My skills increased and I actually began to understand what it mean to be a consulting engineer. Several firms later I took a position as mechanical department head and assisted in growing the firm from a hand full of young engineers to a successful firm now with 75 plus employees. I left that firm for the opportunity to start my own firm which I did. Pro Engineering is still in existence and is my dream job.
I am a licensed professional engineer in the states of Virginia and North Carolina. I tend to enjoy working on commercial, industrial and medical projects.
I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world, have 2 sons (thinking of you Logan) and 1 grandson. Me, the wife spend as much time as possible in Buxton, North Carolina where we have a camper close in proximity to the beach.
Life, is a beach 🙂