Trent graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. In 1996, he received the degree of Master of Science, also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Trent is a licensed Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in the State of Illinois. He has extensive experience in surveying, design, and construction projects, working in each aspect of complete design to build endeavors such as: subdivision layout, design, and construction; road and street design and construction; water and sewer systems; and site development plans.
As Survey Department Manager, Trent is responsible for all aspects of surveying at Neikirk Engineering. Projects routinely encountered include property boundary surveys, topographic surveys and staking for various types of construction projects, oil well staking, mortgage inspection (placement) surveys, foundation inspections, and flood elevation certificates.
While working for a Trimble GPS equipment dealership, Trent was responsible for set-up, training, and customer service for GPS Machine Control users. This experience has given him a deep understanding of today’s ultra-modern surveying equipment, which he utilizes for accurate and timely completion of projects.
Early in his career, Trent worked extensively on highway pavement performance research projects and has been published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals. In addition, he presented his research findings at technical conferences at locations such as Myrtle Beach, SC; Seattle, WA; Washington D.C.; and Trondheim, Norway. Trent was a Project Engineer on pavement condition/performance studies for the FHWA/SHRP program, O’Hare International Airport, and NASA’s Space Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, among numerous others.
Trent is a native of McLeansboro, Illinois, and lives there still. In his spare time he enjoys working with his classic tractors, hunting, gardening, and habitat improvements for wildlife on his property. He is also a coach for Fox Fire Trap, the trapshooting team from Hamilton County Jr/Sr High. Trent has 2 sons and 2 daughters.