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Darren Leavitt, Coordinator / Instructor Civil Engineering Technology

Darren Leavitt

Coordinator / Instructor

(208) 282-4215

Professional Work Experience

Professional Land Surveyor-Idaho – 25 years

Owner/President Land Surveying business – 15 years

Owner/President 3D scanning business – 10 years

Instructor, Civil Engineering Technology Program – 8 years

Career Highlights

Worked for a company in Northern Virginia and researched deeds written by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington

Teaching and instructing students

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

We were contracted to do a 3D scanning job in Belgium for a large equipment manufacturer.  There had been an ongoing problem with what was expected to be a flaw in a weld on a particular piece of equipment.  Once the data from our scan was analyzed and superimposed with the design model, it was determined that the problem was not in the weld at all but in the manufacturing of the actual steel.  The resolution was primarily due to the data from the scan. It was a huge success and we were able to resolve the situation in a very short period of time to the great surprise of our global client.

This was a very complex project due to its location.  The 3D scanning at the time was very much cutting edge and I was one of a very few in the country that had this capability.

David Schiess, Instructor, Civil Engineering Technology

David Schiess, MS, PE


(208) 282-2305

David and his daughter Abby salmon fishing in Alaska in 2015

David Schiess, MS, PE is a civil engineer, business owner, and instructor at Idaho State University. David has recently introduced four new public works classes into the curriculum in the Civil Engineering Technology Program at Idaho State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership Program at Idaho State University. David is an engineer, business owner, husband to Anne, father of eight, grandfather of fourteen, and a teacher.

Professional Work Experience

Professional Engineer and Business owner – 25 years

Adjunct Civil Engineering Instructor at BYUI in Rexburg, Idaho – 4 years

Instructor at the College of Technology Civil Engineering Technology Program – 3 years

Career Highlights

Practiced Environmental and Civil Engineering in Florida, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah. Design and construction projects include engineered wetlands, wastewater treatment plants, water systems, wells, and development. Projects also include feasibility studies for water systems, wells, wastewater treatment and collection, storm water, and hydroelectric plants.

Designed a snowmaking plant to dispose of treated wastewater in Island Park, Idaho

Author of over 50 geotechnical reports and environmental impact studies


Professional experiences

One of the most gratifying experiences I have had was to be invited to investigate several hydroelectric projects and a drinking water well in Rosita, Nicaragua. An electrical engineer and I traveled to Nicaragua to look at several potential sites and provide a written report and recommendations of our findings. Rosita has several good sties for small hydroelectric generators. These projects would be a boost to the local economy and produce more than enough electricity for Rosita and the surrounding communities. The water distribution system in Rosita was in great disrepair and the local hospital often had no running water. We suggested a well for the hospital would be a better way to assure consistent, clean running water at the hospital. As a result of our study, a new well was drilled for the hospital. We received many thanks for our service and greatly improved the lives of the people in Rosita.

Investigate several  hydroelectric projects and a drinking water well in Rosita, Ni caragua

In 1996, I founded Schiess & Associates, Consulting Engineers to provide engineering services to communities in the intermountain west. The primary work was water systems, wastewater systems, environmental projects, and soil engineering. We have had offices in Victor, Rexburg, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. The company has completed hundreds of studies and projects in the last twenty years. I enjoyed building the company from scratch and recently sold the company to employees. The company continues to provide service to clients in Idaho. This experience has provided a wealth of experience to share with students. I enjoy teaching and sharing stories with students.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209
(208) 282-4636

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