Cannon Corporation teams up with Cuesta College 

Mike Cannon

Mike Cannon, founder and president of Cannon Corporation, explains why he's a Business Partner.


Tell us about yourself.

I am the founder and president of Cannon Corporation, an engineering consulting firm that serves clients across the western U.S. in a variety of industries including public infrastructure, upstream and midstream oil and gas, utilities, aerospace and defense, and development.

I have a B.S. in civil engineering from Cal Poly and completed the executive program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. As founder of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Cal Poly, I sit on the industrial advisory board for the university’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments and was selected as Keynote Speaker for the graduating Engineering classes of 2013 and 2014.

I encourage Cannon Corp staff to be involved in the community. Personally, I am active in professional engineering and community organizations. I’ve been a sponsor and past board member of Cal Poly’s Foundation for the Performing Arts Center and the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum Board, as well as a member of the World Presidents Organization.

What is Cannon Corp?

Since 1976, Cannon has been providing Reliable Responsive Solutions to clients in land development; oil and gas production and distribution; power generation; public infrastructure; education; and aerospace and defense. Our staff of professionals includes registered civil, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineers; licensed land surveyors and landscape architects; instrumentation and control (SCADA) systems specialists; construction managers; funding administrators; LEED accredited professionals; GIS specialists; and planners.

We are a team who believe in establishing ambitious goals, then reaching them aggressively and with integrity. Cannon fosters a collegial environment in which we thrive on meeting challenges through teamwork and dedication. With nearly 40 years in the industry, we have earned a reputation for excellence, skillful organization, efficiency, precision, and innovative design solutions.

Why did you decide to become a Business Partner with Cuesta College?

We see Cuesta College as a teammate. With Cuesta College right in our backyard, we have an ongoing opportunity to attract new and upcoming talent from the student population. We’ve been very pleased with the leadership and direction of the college and its tremendous growth and success.

Why is it important to support community colleges?

Community College alumni more often than not pursue enrollment with 4-year universities. A substantial percentage of the undergraduate population at 4-year universities includes community college transfers; without the support of these transfer students, the 4-years would be lost. Community Colleges form a very necessary part of the education system, and we’ve had fantastic opportunity in finding serious talent from within the Cuesta College pool of alumni. Cannon has many employees who have attended Cuesta College. We have found them to be excellent members of our team.