• Introduction to Infrastructure
    A workforce development program focused on Philadelphia infrastructure 


The Problem: America’s Infrastructure Needs Help

Across the region, critical entry level infrastructure jobs -- many that do not require a college degree -- are going unfilled, slowing progress and limiting the economic opportunity for both individuals and the region. At the same time, young people across the region are looking for opportunities that pay a living wage, and looking for a way to support their families.

The Solution: Offering Training to American Youth

In order to alleviate this issue, Rodriguez University, a division of Rodriguez, has partnered with Hopeworks and PowerCorpsPHL to design and implement a program developed to highlight careers in civil engineering and land surveying that do not require a college degree. Currently, Rodriguez University offers “Introduction to Infrastructure”, an 18-week series of immersive and interactive learning experiences designed to introduce basic but vital concepts in infrastructure to ignite student’s interest in the built world around us and to equip them with the skills needed to enter the job market. 

Our Mission:

We hope to successfully place motivated young people who might otherwise be un- or underemployed in high wage, mid-skill positions in the infrastructure industry.

How Do We Work?

Small Cohorts:

The program consists of a small group of participants who have recently graduated high school and have gained prior experience through Hopeworks or PowerCorpsPHL. Each week, new topics are introduced to the class that relate to careers as an engineering technician, surveyor, and other associated entry level jobs. While these topics are being introduced, students are gradually working on an actual Rodriguez project similar to one they would typically work on in an engineering or land surveying firm.

What Do We Do ​At Rodriguez University?

Industry Experts:

To keep the classes relevant and interesting, Rodriguez University features unique speakers in the industry and takes students on field trips to active construction sites in order to illustrate the broad range of opportunities. By the end of the program, students have gained knowledge in engineering scale, utility plan interpretation, field data collection, stormwater pipe design, GIS, and various other skills in preparation for obtaining an internship or permanent position.

Focus on human development for successful job placement

Dynamic syllabus structure and interactive practical exercises

Opportunity to learn in the office and in the field

Expert mentors who are active industry professionals

Practical exposure to actual work

A Look Into Rodriguez University

Rodriguez University develops the skills needed to pursue many different careers!

Our Team

Meet The Mentors

Rodriguez University's team is comprised of highly-trained professionals working in the field everyday. These mentors will offer real-world scenarios and training during the program. They work as one when it comes to empowering the students by guiding them and developing their innate talents. Learn about the enthusiastic mentors at Rodriguez University who are the launchpads for the future generations of the Infrastructure workforce!

Lou Rodriguez is the CEO/President and founder of Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez), an award winning professional engineering and land surveying firm which he founded in 2007. With a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from Widener University, Lou provides a unique combination of civil engineering and information technology experience in both the public and private sectors. Lou is a professional civil engineer with over 25 years of experience, primarily focused on water infrastructure and GIS.

Lou Rodriguez

CEO - Founder

David Spellman is a Geospatial Manager in our Philadelphia office with over ten years of experience. Mr. Spellman brings to our team client knowledge of surveying field procedures, as well as base plan preparation as per PWD's standards, project management, client correspondence and technical design capabilities for Urban Land projects in Commercial, Institutional, Residential, and Government sectors.

Dave Spellman

Geospatial Manager

Matt is a Manager of Innovation with Rodriguez Consulting and helps bring a mix of technology to the classroom along with expertise in training. He is a Captain in the United States Army Reserve and has trained over 500 Soldiers and Cadets as an Engineer Officer and Army ROTC Instructor.

Matt Sherwood

Manager of Innovation

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100 W. Oxford Street

Suite E-3100

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone : 215-987-1931