At DRMP Since:
“A lot of companies do not even pursue having a corporate culture and in other cases, some cultures lend themselves to primarily profit and performance. DRMP sets themselves apart from the pack by promoting a culture that genuinely cares about the people, all of the people, all of the time. Going to work is fun and I always look forward to doing a good job because of how everyone is treated.”
What inspired you to choose your career path?
A high school career counselor and a truck driver, true story. In high school, I always had a plan to be a high school math teacher and football coach.
The career counselor at the time cautioned me and told me I should consider two things first: that since math seemed to be my calling that I should be an engineer and actually be in a bold career that certainly pays better than a teacher. The second thing was that being a teacher required a lot of repetition from one day to the next. He said that any career that I pick, should not be one with repetition. Engineering had variety that had you indoors, outdoors, dressed up, dressed down, around the public and many other features that offered new challenges each day.
As I started a career as a truck driver, an older driver and I were having lunch one day. He told me in casual conversation that he wished he was smart enough to go to college. When I asked him why, he told me that he had bad knees, a bad back and bad digestion. He said when you are paid for your back, you will break, when you are paid for your mind, you will always prosper. He wasn’t even trying to talk me into this career that day. It was simple advice that made me decide to go to college.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people. We do not get paid to make cars, manufacture widgets or even drive trucks. This industry is people hiring people to think out solutions. Our industry connects science and technology with budgets and laws. Every day our market moves with people, co-workers, clients, the public and even our competition. Getting to meet and work with so many people to accomplish and finish projects is by far what I enjoy the most.
What are you most passionate about?
At home my family would tell you football and boating. It would be hard for me to put up a decent argument, however, I think my passion always has been and will remain faith and family. As cliché as that phrase is, there is nothing more exciting in a day than to go home and be with the ones you love.
What is your greatest challenge?
Patience. Whether it is at work or home, I struggle waiting on the results. Sometimes on small projects like fixing a lawnmower or trimming a tree, when things don’t go well, things get broken. However, like any challenge, there are opportunities every day to practice getting better.
Name an important "lessons learned" moment you have experienced.
One of my more valued lessons learned, believe it or not, is “reading”. Without tying this lesson to a single event, I look back on a collection of events. Even before getting into engineering, I started to learn that even basic daily life events have many hidden secrets in the words. Try reading directions on your laundry soap or coffee machine sometime, there will be something in there that really ends up being helpful. However, in our profession, taking a few extra minutes to read all of the details has really become a valued lesson. Several times, whether in a QC situation or just preparing a deliverable to be sent out, reading or revisiting instructions has revealed so many simple mistake corrections. Hands down, taking a few minutes to do a thorough read is a lesson that I learned a long time ago and still value today.