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From Homebuilder to Junior Designer: A Q&A with Kent Homes' Darhen Lomibao

Meet Darhen Lomibao, a driven and passionate junior designer whose journey with Kent Homes began as a summer student during his high school years. His unwavering dedication to engineering and his hands-on experience building homes on the Kent Homes production line inspired him to take his career to the next level by joining Kent Homes' engineering team.

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Q: Can you walk us through your journey at Kent Homes? How did you get started working in the plant and how did it lead to your current position in the engineering department?

A: I started at Kent Homes as a part-time summer student, working on the production line building homes for about three summers. Once I graduated from NBCC, my parents recommended that I apply for an opening on the design team. I did and was accepted! I’ve officially worked as a Junior Designer for one year at Kent Homes as of last January.


Q: What motivated you to transition to the engineering side of things from hands-on construction? What post-secondary educational background do you have that helped make that possible?

A: After graduating high school, I had a clear vision of my future and was determined to pursue my passion for engineering, either civil or structural. I knew that starting my journey from the ground up at Kent Homes would pave the way for an exciting and fulfilling career. The one-year civil technician program at NBCC Moncton provided me with the tools needed to get started and allowed me to gain valuable experience in the industry.


Q: Reflecting on your transition from construction to engineering, what were some of the biggest challenges you faced? How did you overcome them?

My biggest challenge was gaining on-the-job engineering experience right after graduating from NBCC. I was able to put my knowledge to the test thanks to the amazing support of my team and manager. With their help, I was able to overcome the initial challenges and grow both personally and professionally. From starting with the basics to tackling more complex tasks, I learned the value of perseverance and the importance of a friendly and supportive work environment.


Q: How has your firsthand experience in modular building construction influenced your approach to designing projects with engineering?

A: I approach every project as if I were designing my own home, ensuring that every part, from plumbing and wall design to the final touches, is perfect.


Q: Could you share a pivotal moment or project that inspired you to pursue a career in engineering after starting in modular construction?

A: Three moments were pivotal for me. The first one was when I built my very first mini-home. The pride I felt after designing it was priceless. The second moment was when I learned how to design using our software, thanks to my mentor, Kevin. I'm so grateful for the knowledge he shared with me. The last moment was when I designed my very first two-story building, which was just two weeks ago. It was complicated and challenging, but with the help of my supportive teammates, everything went well. All of these moments left me wanting to learn more.


Q: Looking back on your journey, what advice would you offer to someone looking to start in your industry?

A: One piece of advice I would offer is to be open-minded, especially for those who are just starting. Take every opportunity to learn from your co-workers and managers. Never be intimidated when someone knows more than you do, because they can be someone you can learn a lot from. Be inquisitive.


Q:  You’ve got a special family connection at Kent Homes! Your mother works in the plant. What has it been like working alongside your mom?

A: It's been fun for sure! We don't work together that much now that I'm on the design team, but when I worked at the plant, I installed windows while she built the trims for them. We see each other every day and have lunch together, talking about work and other things.



The Modular Advantage

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