Employee Spotlight

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

I look forward to working on a variety of projects and learning new skills through those. I also enjoy the work environment; it is challenging and people work hard but are also able to joke around and have a good time while working on projects.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

I think my favorite project thus far is probably Traveler’s Rest Pump Station Evaluation and Design because there is variety within the project. There were three different scenarios to evaluate so that allowed me to really practice doing pump station calculations and seeing how the differences affected the calculations. I also was able to help with the gravity sewer line calculations and the construction plans which have been a good learning experience.

What’s special about your office or team?

My office and team are special because they have patiently helped me learn with each new project over the past year and a half and have challenged me to grow. They have been kind to me and easy to communicate with, which makes working together on projects easier.

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

My next career goal is to pass the PE exam. My co-workers have been so encouraging, given me advice and given me their old study material to help me out, which I appreciate so much!

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

When I’m not working I like to dance (specifically Zumba), take walks outside on beautiful days, and any activity that will allow me quality time with my friends.

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

I find WK Dickson to be a very supportive company and the teamwork locally as well as from other offices helps me to get my job done.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

Duplin County Airport Site improvements project was a great way to get introduced to working on airport projects. Prior to coming to WK Dickson, I had no experience with airports and so that was a nice project to get to pick up and get plans out the door. It will be nice to see the design come to life once construction starts. Additionally, my other favorite is the Water Street Phase 2 Streetscape project. It incorporates site and drainage aspects of work that offer numerous challenges due to the tight space to work in on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. It is a really nice project that we will get to see throughout construction and will have an impact on the City’s historic downtown feel for decades to come.

What’s special about your office or team?

Our office is 20 minutes from the beach. Our team is very knowledgeable and resourceful I have already learned something from everyone I’ve worked with and I appreciate them taking time to explain things and share knowledge. (The people here are really nice too :-))

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

My next career goal is to become an expert related to Technical Manager and I am receiving support from others.

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

I usually pass the time entertaining my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I also spend a lot of my free time volunteering in a bible education program, and playing/watching basketball among other sports.

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

My favorite things about coming to work is everyday being different. The variety of projects we work on allows us to use our diverse skill sets and keeps work interesting. I also enjoy the people I work with. We all laugh, joke, and discuss daily life. It makes work so much more enjoyable when you appreciate the people you work with.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

My favorite project thus far has been the Caswell Beach Dune Infiltration System Feasibility Study. It was a unique project where we were tasked to determine the feasibility of an infiltration system within the existing dunes to alleviate flooding on Caswell Beach Road. It was an interesting project as the team had to take an innovative approach to determine the system’s feasibility.

What’s special about your office or team?

Our team is full of incredible people. We all work hard, and play hard, but what separates us is the diversity in our skills and talents. If you have a question about CAD, modeling, GIS, you name it, someone on the team will most likely have the answer. And everyone is very willing to help and teach others.

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

My next career goal is to prepare for and take the Professional Engineer (PE) exam. WK Dickson is helping me achieve this goal by providing technical training courses and resources to ensure I am successful on the exam.

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

In my free time I enjoy yoga, crafting, cooking, or being outdoors. I taught yoga for a few years in college, but I have recently returned my focus to being a student and enjoying the practice. I love making crafts, such as painting, crocheting, or wreath making. The Raleigh area has beautiful hiking paths and camp grounds. I like to take advantage of the good weather to go for a hike or go backpacking with friends.

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

The variety of what we do each day keeps things exciting. In a given day, I can work on using H&H (Hydrology and Hydraulic) models to help figure out where buildings and roads are flooding in our community, creating design plans that will help resolve flooding, working with local and state officials in getting projects approved and working with contractors to implement your construction drawings.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

So far, the most challenging (thus my favorite) project so far has been the Town Creek Culvert project. This project will be replacing a large failing stormwater tunnel system in the middle of downtown Greenville, NC. I’ve been able to work on this project from the beginning, during the study phase about 3 years ago, and we are about to start construction next month.

What’s special about your office or team?

The special thing about our team is that everyone has respect for each other’s opinions, problem-solving skills and unique solutions. I feel that everyone on our team is willing to help each other out and learn from each other. Honestly, I could not think of a better team to work on the complicated projects that we do everyday.

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

My next career goal is to continue to grow my project management skills by managing a wide variety of different projects with a diverse client base. I would like to continue to grow our team by helping more cities and towns address and solve their water quantity and quality issues.

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

My free time typically consists of spending time with my wife doing fun outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and working on the family farm. Recently, we have been spending our free time preparing for our “new arrival”, who should arrive this January!

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