Employee Spotlight

Miranda in Raleigh

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

I love that every day is different at WK Dickson. Throughout the week I could be working on design plans in Civil 3D, cost estimates, technical specifications, maps in GIS, modeling, or I could be out in the field verifying data. Each design we do is different from the last, and I get to learn new information from each one. I also love the company’s focus on work-life balance, half-day Fridays, the fun competitions we have and, of course, the people I work with.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

My favorite project thus far has been the Fayetteville Spot Repairs project. The project contained 7 smaller projects, called “spot repairs,” that addressed localized flooding in various areas around the City of Fayetteville. I really enjoyed working on this project because I was involved with every step of the process. Some projects we work on take years to complete the design. These spot repairs were small enough that I could see them through from start to finish in a matter of months. I was able to build the existing survey, model the existing system, propose a solution to correct the flooding issue, create the design plans and provide a cost estimate for 5 out of the 7 spot repairs. I learned so much from this project and am glad I could be a part of it.

What’s special about your office or team?

We work hard, but we also like to have fun! Our office has an annual volunteering day, cornhole tournament, pumpkin carving contest, Thanksgiving potluck, holiday cookie contest and holiday office party. We also have a ping pong table ready for lunchtime challenges. The people in our office genuinely care about helping each other learn and grow, and I think that is very special to find in a company..

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

My next career goal is to become a CFM (Certified Floodplain Manager). In the Watershed Services group we work with floodplains in many of our projects and becoming a CFM will help me better understand floodplains, the regulations surrounding them and steps to be taken when a floodplain is altered as a result of one of our projects. WK Dickson is providing me with the financial resources to get this certification as well as experience working with floodplains to prepare me for the exam.

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

I enjoy spending time with friends and family along with hiking, traveling, exploring, trying new things and finding good places to eat. Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you that I love to eat! Good food is one of my favorite things. I also love to plan events and trips—my Google drive is full of itineraries! My personal enrichment goals for the next few years include learning to play the guitar, studying the beautiful Spanish language, traveling to Europe and taking a few cooking and mixology courses.

Michael in CharlotteWhat are some of your favorite things about coming to work each day?

I work with a great group of people that care about their company and doing a good job. I really like that I am making an impact on the community where I live and work. The professional, fast paced and laid-back atmosphere that WK Dickson offers, pairs well with my ability to succeed.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

My favorite project so far has been the City of Lancaster Sewer Rehabilitation Project. The city was in dire need of repairs to their sewer system. This was the first project I participated in once joining WK Dickson, it gave myself the opportunity to make an impact and show my skills. Construction will be starting this summer; it will be a satisfying experience seeing the project be completed from the design phase.

What’s special about your office or team?

Just like Charlotte itself, our team is rapidly expanding. This healthy growth displays our past success and positive direction for the future. Our office supports many personalities and diverse backgrounds; the opportunity to learn more about each other’s stories brings us closer together. At the office, the work/life balance is very important. Occasional jam sessions in the ping pong room cheers up the Monday blues, and half-day Fridays make the weekend a little sweeter.

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

My next goal is to become a Project Engineer for WK Dickson. The firm is helping me achieve this by providing financial support to take the PE Exam, and take other courses to prepare myself. Additionally, my technical manager or another PE will have me sit in with them as they are working on project management related work (cost estimates, quantity take-offs, analysis, etc.) to observe what they do and ask any questions that I may have to further prepare me for the work I will be given once I'm a project engineer.

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

As a non-native to Charlotte, I enjoy exploring the city and its surroundings. I have found a recent thrill in photography. Charlotte is a very photogenic city. In some parts you can step back in time with the historic art districts and in others jump into the future with the uptown skyscrapers. My first love will always be sports. I enjoy watching the many sports that Charlotte offers, especially when my hometown (Philadelphia) teams beat them.

Cyndee in Augusta

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

I enjoy that no two days are alike, there is always something for me to learn here. I also enjoy the comradery I have with my coworkers. In this office we laugh, joke, discuss family and daily life. I can say that my coworkers make me feel appreciated and valued.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

Call me crazy but I love billing and invoices! I have also enjoyed the Dahlonega Wastewater Plant Renovation project, this was a project that I was a part of from its proposal to completion. I was able to view the daily photos and observation reports from the RPR (construction observer) that were my window to the project without ever having to leave the office.

What’s special about your office or team?

The Augusta office is located on the second floor of a red brick mill from the 1800’s. This three story building along the Augusta Canal has been converted to offices and loft apartments. There hasn’t been one visitor yet that hasn’t commented on what an awesome location we have. I am privileged to be able to say that the office location, my coworkers, and job are all special.

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

Truth be told, I am approaching an age where retirement is my next big goal but until then, I truly enjoy my duties as an office Admin. I still get to learn new programs and office procedures keeping me fulfilled. I can sum it up like this…if this is my last few years of working before retirement, the employment gods have been very good to me.

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

Read, spend time with my husband of 34 years, drive down to Orlando monthly to visit with our three grandchildren, and try to get away in our RV as often as possible.

Tom in Raleigh

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

I like to solve challenging problems for our clients and work on a wide variety of projects with a great team.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

I have worked on several unique projects. One of my favorite projects I’m working on now is a flood storage project for the Town of Chapel Hill that will be a public/private partnership and include recreational features to a flood storage project. The project will reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of flooding in a critical commercial area of the town and include community amenities that will increase pedestrian connectivity.

What’s special about your office or team?

Our team has a wide variety of backgrounds and specialized skill sets, so it is exciting to work on projects where we get to collaborate to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

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

My next career goal is to continue to expand my project management capabilities with a diverse set of clients. WK Dickson provides me the opportunity to manage large projects interfacing with key decision makers at some of the higher profile municipalities in North Carolina.

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

Most of my “free time” is chauffeuring my 3 beautiful daughters to their various activities and social functions. When we are truly free, we like to get outside and hike, spend time on the water, and go skiing.

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