Career opportunities in industry appear limitless if this selection of youthful workers is any indication. Some are on a direct path and others have taken a circuitous route, but all have landed in roles they value, and their energy and passion are leaving an indelible mark. Their stories are a reminder of the common purpose across generations that will help organizations survive and thrive. Indeed, there is no better time to strengthen your teams because modern skills and fresh enthusiasm are within reach.
Daulton enjoys the diversity of challenges that he faces on a day-to-day basis. “Each day is a new challenge with a whole new set of issues to be resolved,” he explains. “It keeps me busy and always thinking of the best ways to solve, predict, and prevent issues.”
Garrigan enjoys the variety of his work. “I work directly with 35 to 40 customer plants, manage the cost savings process, support machine health monitoring remotely from the ATS Reliability 360 Technology Center, facilitate projects to implement proactive maintenance strategies, and am a part of a project team to lay out the next steps for ATS related to technology.” He suggests that regardless of what industry you work in, invest in your ability to communicate effectively. Active listening and engaging speaking abilities are essential.
Kelm’s biggest career goal is to leave a legacy of helping others and empowering her peers to reach their goals. She adds: “I think that being a servant leader and aligning my abilities to my work enables me to maximize my impact and pursue purposeful work.”
What he likes most is the constant learning that occurs in construction. “Every job is like a human—it has its own unique characteristics that make it special,” Marke observes. To college students figuring out what they want to do or how to do it, he says: “I suggest you have fun, do as many things as possible to create experiences, and what you are meant to be will naturally come to you.”
Moore considers herself a jack of all trades, assisting every department on various projects and all the major processes that come with it. She also works closely with PFES consultants to ensure they’re properly onboarded. “Often, when I’m driving, I’ll look out the window and see the powerlines and different substations along my route. Not a lot of people get to see the impact of their job in their daily life, but I can, and I love that,” she adds.
“What draws me most to this line of work is the fact that I can help my clients analyze billions of records of data more efficiently and effectively,” says Patel. “Teams I work on include members from data engineering and data visualization. Together, we are able to process a lot of data and simplify it for the end user to make better, more informed decisions.”
“I was drawn to the field of quality assurance because it plays a significant role in our daily lives, but few people think of the processes needed to ensure that the products we use every day are compliant with environmental, regulatory, and food safety standards,” observes Rife. Her position is unique in that she is connected to every aspect of the business, which spans a myriad of brands, materials, and geographies. “In such a large organization, I enjoy the opportunity to communicate across the breadth of the company and assist each business unit,” she says. “The work certainly keeps me on my toes; learning about new and changing regulations is part of my daily life.”
Schlageter’s future goal is to acquire a Professional Engineering license. “I think having a PE opens a lot of doors in industry to extend the principles we have learned and really excel in our chosen field,” she explains. “I want to continue working in the hazardous waste industry helping develop treatment technologies. I think environmental service operations are going to be crucial in developing a sustainable world.”
For those unsure of their career path, Schlageter speaks from experience: “Find something that you are really interested in. Working in industry can be intimidating as there are many different routes available, but finding a work environment that you are passionate about is instrumental in success.”
This story originally appeared in the October 2021 issue of Plant Services. Subscribe to Plant Services here.