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Rugby born engineer named to prominent “40 Under 40” list

By Staff | Jan 6, 2017


Andy Bartsch, 36, has been named on Prairie Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” a list of accomplished individuals in their careers and communities.

According to Prairie Business Magazine, professional achievements and community service are crucial to make the list.

Bartsch was born and raised in Rugby. The son of Tim and Rebecca, Bartsch spent his high school years as an apprentice electrician in his family’s business. After graduating from Rugby High School in the spring of 1999, Bartsch went on to attend North Dakota State University.

During his time at NDSU, Bartsch completed an engineering internship at LKA Engineering, which turned into a full-time position after graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 2004. Bartsch stayed with LKA Engineering until 2008, when he joined the team at Obermiller Nelson Engineering (ONE).

When Bartsch started at ONE, the company was growing its electrical engineering department, which started with two staff members in the Fargo office. Since that time, the department has grown to have a total of 21 members in seven offices.

At the beginning of this year, Bartsch had the opportunity to become a partner at ONE, now holding the title of partner/director of Electrical Engineering.

According to Bartsch, he has been able to work on many great projects while working at ONE. “The company I’m in now is a great company,” he said. “We’ve got great partners and great staff. We’ve gotten to do some awesome, awesome projects over the years.”

Some of those projects include designing the Williston Area Recreation Center, Watford City High School, and the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, among others.

Bartsch said that the electrical engineering department at ONE focuses on designing building systems, such as fusion systems, lighting systems, sound systems, street lighting design, water treatment design, and airport lighting.

Other departments at ONE focus on mechanical and civil engineering projects, such as heating, plumbing and site development. ONE also works on sustainable energy projects.

On his nomination to the “40 Under 40” list, Bartsch said he is incredibly humbled. “It’s pretty neat to be on that list,” he said. “It’s interesting to see the other people who made it, some of them who I have worked with in the past. The attention and notoriety is something to get used to.”

Bartsch said that he and his family are happy where they are in Fargo, and they do not plan on leaving anytime soon. He and his wife’s Rugby roots, however, are always with them.

Bartsch’s parents and younger brother are still living in Rugby, as well as his wife’s parents and brother, so they visit often.

“Rugby is a great community and a great place to grow up,” Bartsch said. “We’ve enjoyed keeping up with the sports teams there, and we get back there as often as we can.”

As for what can be expected of Bartsch in the future, he can be found doing what he loves: engineering. “This is what I’m going to be doing,” he said. “I love my job.”

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