Employee Spotlight

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

My favorite thing about coming to work is that I know I get to learn. Currently I am working on a project which is the first of its kind in the state of North Carolina, I find that very exciting.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

My favorite project thus far has been the City of Eden's Mebane Bridge WWTP where we are installing a new solids residual management technology that will be the first of its kind in the state of North Carolina..

What’s special about your office or team?

My favorite thing about our group is that we have a strong sense of teamwork. We work well together and can move quickly as a team to address any urgent needs our projects may have.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

My next career goal is to become a project manager. It is a long-term goal that will take a lot of hard work, but I feel like all the hard work will be worth it. To get to the project manager position I am trying my best to learn all the technical information to what makes a project successful. WK Dickson is helping me achieve this goal by sending me to various training sessions; I am currently enrolled in the Leadership Institute for Engineers and at the end of February I attended a two and a half day technical seminar to improve my knowledge on headworks designs.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I like to volunteer with the Charlotte Metrolina Section of the Society of Women Engineers at their community outreach events. SWE's outreach mission is to educate the general public about engineering but more specifically to present engineering as a viable career option for young women and other minorities who might not have otherwise considered it. When I am not doing anything engineering related I am usually in the garden, cooking, or learning to speak French.

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

The setting for our office – beautiful and convenient. The people we work with, especially Nan’s (office administrative assistant) smiling face, and the way we all look out for each other in efforts to raise the whole team to excellence.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

The North Charleston Sewer District's Combined Interceptor Rehabilitation.

What’s special about your office or team?

It’s Charleston – everything is better down here! We have a team that really has a teamwork approach, no big stars. We are just a group willing to pull together and do what is needed to accomplish what our clients want and need. We have and maintain good relationships with each other and our clients. Just good old southern hospitality.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

Helping to expand our clientele and our Charleston office in personnel and range of services provided in order to work on a wider variety of project types. I believe WK Dickson has common goals and has moved the company in that direction by encouraging smart growth. We have recently added Knoxville, TN, who are also former colleagues.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Boating, flounder gigging, golf, seeking out good live music, hanging out with Lue - my dog, and building a new house.

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

The draw of civil engineering has always been the challenge of designing a broad range of infrastructure improvements in a constantly evolving regulatory environment. Working at WK Dickson allows me to pursue diverse projects daily.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

It would be difficult for me to pick a favorite project as I have had the benefit of being part of a great team that has tackled several unique projects. Every project has presented me with unique obstacles and subsequent skill improvement. I am currently a member of the design team for the Southport Wastewater Study and Design project. This project includes the design of a new wastewater treatment plant and transmission improvements for the City of Southport, NC. A project with this level of complexity and breadth has been a great career development opportunity and has already provided me with an increased understanding of the project dynamic from planning to funding to design. I have enjoyed being a part of the project cycle from its inception and look forward to being involved through the completion of construction.

What’s special about your office or team?

Our office is privileged to have a team of designers and engineers who all provide a unique insight to problem solving that benefits the team. The Wilmington office has flourished in the past year with the addition of new employees in every practice area. The influx of new talent has enhanced the depth of teamwork across the office and has provided a conduit for discussion and team learning.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

I am working towards achieving my Professional Engineer license over the next two years. WK Dickson has been supportive in making training material and coursework available. There is also a strong network of coworkers that are on the same career development track that have been very supportive in answering questions and providing tips.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

My love of wildlife spans throughout my interests and professional life. I consider myself an amateur wildlife photographer, focusing on birds of the Carolina coast. My Wife and I enjoy traveling to new and exciting destinations as often as possible. I am also a craft beer enthusiast, and have been known to brew my own on occasion. The Wilmington brewery scene is rapidly growing and it seems there is always a grand opening or an anniversary event for one of them every weekend.

What are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

I love coming into work every day. I take a lot of joy training and sharing my knowledge with my team. I love learning new software and figuring out how it can make my work more efficient.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

All my projects I work on are my favorite. I do not have a specific one. Each project I work on has a different and unique challenge that makes them fun.

What’s special about your office or team?

They are bright and energetic. We like to work and play hard. Each team member brings different perspectives to a project and we communicate well together.

What’s your next career goal and how is WK Dickson helping you get there?

My next career goal is to get my PE. WK Dickson has been there for me as I received my 2-Year Degree, 4-Year Degree, and my EI Certification. I know they will be there for me as I pass the PE Exam. I can’t wait! After that I plan to retire.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I take my children fishing and camping. I also like to go hunting with my brother. I love to talk about sports, such as football.

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