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Trent Bruce named 2022 Engineer of the Year by SDES-Eastern Chapter

March 3, 2022

Congratulations to DGR’s Trent Bruce, PE on being named Engineer of the Year by the South Dakota Engineering Society Eastern Chapter! The honor was announced at the annual awards banquet Saturday evening, February 26. It recognizes SDES members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare and/or humankind. Bruce is the head of engineering services and office manager of the Sioux Falls, SD office.

Trent Bruce Honored with Patriot Award

January 7, 2022

Congratulations to Trent Bruce, Sioux Falls office manager, who was honored Thursday with an ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Patriot Award. The award recognizes the support given to military members through flexible schedules, deployment time off, caring for families & more. Trent was nominated by Lance Nolz, based on the flexibility & understanding of his military career. “I am Company Commander of the 155th EN CO and it requires me to take days away from work. I know that the additional time off puts stress on Trent & staff,” noted Nolz. “DGR is a great company to work for & completely supportive of my second career in the National Guard.” Pictured are Lance Nolz, Trent Bruce and Lauri Fluit, representing ESGR.

Learn more about the award at


Struckman Earns 20-Year Service Award, Other Service Awards Presented

October 12, 2021


Congratulations to Shannen Struckman, who was presented with his 20-year service award at this year’s
DGR Engineering fall gathering. Shannen is an electrical engineer in the Rock Rapids electrical power department.
He is pictured here with Blair Metzger, President (left) and Marlin Overman, Vice President (right).

Other service award recipients included:

15 Years of Service:
Dan McMahon
Isaac Rinkenberger
Beau Daale
Adam Wiersma
Richard Johnson

10 Years of Service:
Jarrod Luze
Stan Metzger
Craig Hoekstra

5 Years of Service:
Tim Bents
Lance Nolz
Derek Chang
Brendan Metzger
Jeff Sponder
Riley Rinehart
Bjorn Sellner
Travis Featherston


DGR Engineering named a 2021 Iowa Top Workplaces Winner

September 14, 2021

For the fourth year in a row, DGR Engineering has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“During this very challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations, as well as a sign of resiliency and strong business performance,” said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. “When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draw on real-time insights into what works best for their organization, so they can make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business.”

“Having top quality staff members focused on serving our clients helped DGR Engineering to continue to thrive as we navigated the landscape brought about by the pandemic,” said Blair Metzger, President of DGR Engineering. “In turn, receiving the Top Workplace award again this year affirms that DGR Engineering is a great place to work, and continues to be the sort of firm that attracts and retains the best staff.  With both the company and our team members focused on satisfying clients, our company had another successful year.”

About Energage, LLC
Energage is a purpose-driven company that helps organizations turn employee feedback into useful business intelligence and credible employer recognition through Top Workplaces. Built on 14 years of culture research and the results from 23 million employees surveyed across more than 70,000 organizations, Energage delivers the most accurate competitive benchmark available. With access to a unique combination of patented analytic tools and expert guidance, Energage customers lead the competition with an engaged workforce and an opportunity to gain recognition for their people-first approach to culture. For more information or to nominate your organization, visit or


Jesse Morris named South Dakota Engineering Society – Eastern Chapter Young Engineer of the Year

March 2, 2021

Congratulations to our very own Jesse Morris, right, on being named the SD Engineering Society (SDES) – Eastern Chapter’s Young Engineer of the Year! Jesse is a civil engineer in the Sioux Falls Office.

Jesse’s engineering achievements, as well as his volunteer service to various organizations, including his role for several years as South Dakota state coordinator with MATHCOUNTS earned him this recognition.

The award was established to recognize young SDES members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers. Jesse is pictured with Weston Philips, representing SDES – Eastern Chapter, who presented the award.