A Switch from Architecture to Engineering

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio– Phyllis Schaab recently traded in her role as a project engineer for a position as the director of quality management for MS Consultants, which sees her developing and maintaining company standards for the engineering firm.

While Schaab feels fulfilled in her career path, it’s not what she thought she would be doing when she entered college.

“I’ve always known what I’ve wanted to be. From very little I knew what I wanted to be an architect,” says Schaab. “I applied and was accepted to Kent State University’s School of Architecture, however, YSU was a better fit financially for our family.”

Because Youngstown State University did not have a school of architecture at the time, Schaab took classes in drafting, design and civil engineering. She completed her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and says she enjoys the problem-solving aspect of being an engineer.

“I’m kind of a perfect example of life doesn’t always work out how you planned, but it always works out,” she says.

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