Soaring to new heights

Kennesaw State University graduate Logan Foster at the mechanical engineering lab on the Marietta campus

Former Marine aircraft mechanic sets sights on success as mechanical engineer

MARIETTA‚ Ga. (Jan. 6, 2016) — Logan Foster graduated from high school in 2006 and chose to enlist in the U.S. Marines instead of going straight to college, a decision that ultimately led him to graduate last month from Kennesaw State with a degree in mechanical engineering.

“I would attribute a lot of my work ethic and personal drive to the Marine Corps,” said Foster. “The Marines gave me a lot of leadership abilities that benefitted me in school and in the workplace.”

Foster, who served five and a half years based in San Diego, focused his time in the military on achieving his goal of becoming an F/A-18 airframe mechanic.

“I decided not to make the Marines my career, but I wanted to get my certifications before I left so I could work on civilian aircraft at some point.”

Fast forward to today and thanks to that work ethic, the 27-year-old, former aircraft mechanic is well on his way to a successful career as a mechanical engineer with a large, international contracting company.

Foster, who spent four years in Kennesaw State’s mechanical engineering program to earn his degree, worked several part-time jobs and participated in a work-study with the mechanical engineering department. He credits the dean of the college of engineering, the mechanical engineering department chair, and their staff with helping “contribute to my success and providing me with different perspectives.”

“Some of my mechanical engineering professors were among the very best, and for that I am very appreciative,” he said. “They were outstanding. They really cared and challenged me and went above and beyond what I would expect.”

An internship last spring with the Alpharetta office of PCL Industrial Construction Co. led to a full-time position as a field engineer in Rising Sun, Md.

“Once I completed the spring semester, I spent the summer working on a large combined cycle, natural gas power plant project in Maryland,” Foster said. “We worked together as a team to solve any problems that come up, and our main focus is to build the project safely and to complete the project on time and on budget.”

– Robert S. Godlewski

– Photos by David Caselli