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

I feel like if I listed all the things that I like everybody would want my job. But I’ll go with great peers, experienced and inspiring support staff, industry with multiple possibilities for advancement. Also I love that my coworkers bring delicious snacks. There are lots of other things I like about my work and company. I am fortunate enough to work with such talented and heartwarming folks.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

I have not seen a CIPP lining project onsite before which I got to observe on Camp Hancock Sewer Rehabilitation project. It’s fun watching the process and I am learning a lot of things which you don’t foresee sometimes during the design phase.

What’s special about your office or team?

Since my first day at work I felt like I knew these people all my life. Honestly they’re more like family. I believe this explains how special they are.

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

My next career goal is to get my PE license. WKD is providing me a chance to work on wide variety of projects. Also my managers Trey and Gary are guiding me with their experiences and knowledge.

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

I enjoy cooking, long drives and binge watching Netflix.

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

Because I am so new to the industry (only been graduated a few months!), my favorite part about each day with WKD is knowing that I will learn something new and that new challenges are bound to come my way.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

My favorite project thus far has been a preparing a feasibility study/report for the City of Clinton. Not only is this the first project of my career that I have been able to see through from start to finish, but this project has also allowed me to expand my skill set by giving me the opportunity to take ownership for many aspects of the report including: creating maps, performing supporting calculations, generating cost estimates, and writing the first draft.

What’s special about your office or team?

My office is special because of the people it in. From day one, I felt like I belonged. They truly are a great bunch to work with and do life with. I feel supported, encouraged, and mentored by every single one of them, and I couldn’t ask for anything more in a team.

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 and be one step closer to being a licensed engineer. WKD is helping me prepare for this exam with a review course, and they are also providing me with valuable experience that will serve me well both on the exam and in my career.

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

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my husband, Jordan. Some of our favorite things to do are snowboarding, traveling, hiking, and Crossfit. We really enjoy being active and trying new things in our free time together.

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

I enjoy coming to WK Dickson each day to work on providing solutions to our client’s many diverse problems.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

I actually do not have a project that I could single out as a favorite, but I do have a favorite project type. I’ve been involved with the creation and development of numerous water modeling projects since I began my career with WK Dickson. I find the water modeling projects to be the most rewarding due to the value they provide to our clients along with the versatility and usefulness of the finished product.

What’s special about your office or team?

The Hickory office is smaller, but I’m proud of the many complex projects that we’ve worked on, the quality of work we produce, and our ability to work integrally with other WK Dickson offices.

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

My next career goal is to become a Technical Manager. WK Dickson is helping me achieve this goal by allowing me to assist with coordinating design teams on current projects.

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

I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, working in our vegetable garden, and working with and restoring tractors from the 1920’s to 1950’s era.

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

My favorite thing about coming to work is having the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects and people I work with.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

My favorite project thus far is the Saluda County Water and Sewer Authority 16” Water Main project. It was the first project I worked on at WK Dickson, and we recently finished construction.

What’s special about your office or team?

Our team / office has a group of employees willing to help and assist to complete a project. Everyone works hard and brings different experiences and knowledge.

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

My next goal is to continue to expand my technical understanding and eventually become a project manager. WK Dickson is helping me achieve this goal by allowing me to attend training sessions, and working with our local designer on a daily basis, to answer any questions they may have.

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

In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my wife and two young sons. I enjoy fishing, working on the family farm, and woodworking.

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

I really love working with my coworkers. They are so helpful in making the work environment a fun and inviting place to be, and I love having the opportunity to learn so much from them. It’s also pretty amazing when someone brings it surprise donuts.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

I enjoyed working on the Harrisburg Water Line project because that was the first time I was able to work independently (but with plenty of help from my coworkers). However, I feel I’m starting to get involved with all sorts of projects, from water lines, to pump stations, and hopefully treatment plant work soon, which will continue to be an amazing learning experience.

What’s special about your office or team?

Virtually any type of question can be answered by someone in our office. We have a group of employees with a wide range of knowledge and specialties, which is so beneficial as I’m continuing the beginning steps in my professional career. I’ve even had plenty of help outside of the water/wastewater group. It seems like everyone in the office is readily available to help.

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

I hope to take my PE test soon, and there are many people in the office who are valuable resources in providing tips, study material, and any advice necessary to successfully pass. I would also like to become involved in different professional groups, and my manager, Rebecca, is fostering that goal and helping me stay aware of what different groups do and how to get involved.

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

Currently, I enjoy doing all sorts of crafts with my sweet and creative boyfriend. I also love reading and being in nature – kayaking, hiking, or really any chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful world around us is much appreciated.

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

If it got any better, I’d do it for free….just don’t let my boss know that. What I mean is this, I am that guy that derives a tremendous amount of satisfaction in a high tempo / fast paced environment which WK Dickson provides in spades. Diversity is the spice of life. No two weeks are ever the same and I eagerly await the next day to see what new and exciting project awaits on the horizon.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

Providing classroom and field training for a client’s operators in the Columbia, South Carolina area. Seeing that “aha” moment on the student's face when they fully grasp a difficult wastewater concept is extremely rewarding.

What’s special about your office or team?

Effective and timely communications, willingness to go the extra mile, and passion to satisfy the client.

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

To lead a future Contract Wastewater Operations Group. Thus far, every project, every client interface, team strategy session and critical decision making process has presented me with an opportunity to increase my technical and leadership skill set.

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

I enjoy hunting, cooking, and woodcarving.

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

The opportunity to work with some of the industry’s best environmental engineers.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

That’s a hard choice to make. One of the coolest things I have done so far is a 3D rendition on the Boone, NC Raw Water Pump Station..

What’s special about your office or team?

Our office have supported each other and stayed together through thick and thin. We opened the Charleston office together.

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

My next career goal is a CAD Manager or Technical Manager. My supervisor is helping me develop a plan.

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

I volunteer in the community at several events, Relay for Life, Summerville Ghost Walk, and my church..

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

I look forward to solving the unique problems and challenges that each project poses on a daily basis, and I pride myself on producing solutions that both myself and the client can be proud of.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

My favorite project thus far at WK Dickson has been the Runway Widening and Pavement Rehab project at SPA Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport. The scope of this project was by far the largest I have ever worked on. I was involved in several unique aspects in the design including producing a pavement alternatives rating matrix and several cost comparison analyses for each design scenario. Over the course of the project I got to know the Columbia office quite well. Overall I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be involved with a project of this scope and I look forward to collaborating with the Columbia aviation team again in the near future.

What’s special about your office or team?

The Atlanta office's size makes it easy to get to know your coworkers. I feel we are becoming uniquely experienced with sharing and collaborating with other WKD offices on their work needs. Atlanta is also experienced with completing projects with tighter budgets than the norm.

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

My current role as Technical Manager allows me to be involved in engineering design while also managing a design team and project delivery. I feel this role is a great fit for me now and in the near future. WK Dickson has been very supportive of my career trajectory and has allowed me to work on several diverse projects that have opened new doors for me both technically and managerially. I feel the past 2 years with the company have been a tremendous growth period for me. I am very grateful for having been given the opportunity to continuously learn and grow professionally.

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

I enjoy reading, camping, playing guitar, and having fun with my wife and 6 cool kids!



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.

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!

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 abou 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.

Angie in Columbia

What is a typical day like for you?

There really isn’t a ‘typical’ day for me and that is one of the things I love about my job. One day I may be in southeastern North Carolina working with a client on assessing damage from a natural disaster, like Hurricane Matthew, and the next day I may be in South Carolina working with some of our aviation clients. It really is a unique opportunity that I have to be involved in all aspects of what our company does.

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

Since I don’t work in any one particular office, I think being able to work with so many of our great employees is something I truly enjoy. I also love helping our clients solve problems. It is rewarding when you are able to see all the work that you put into a project lead to a successful completion that not only benefits a client but also their community and the environment. So much of what we do each day can’t be ‘seen’ by the general public, but without the infrastructure being in place and working properly, their lives would definitely be affected.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

That is a tough one because there are so many, but I think it may have to be the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown, NC. We were able to leverage a significant amount of grant funding to redevelop an old grocery store in the heart of downtown Elizabethtown and turn it into a beautiful farmers market. This one project has been the catalyst for a number of other projects that have allowed this small town in Bladen County to flourish where many small towns are failing.

What’s special about your office or team?

As I said, all of WK Dickson is my team. That itself is special. I get to see just how talented all of our employees are and get involved on so many exciting projects across multiple disciplines.

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

Well, I have been at this for more than 25 years now so I suppose I’m in the second phase of my career. WK Dickson has allowed me to get involved in professional organizations and serve in a leadership capacity within those organizations. I also have the opportunity to mentor our young professionals and help our company continue to grow. The company took a chance on me almost 10 years ago because I wanted some flexibility of not working in a particular office and that has definitely allowed me to take my career in the direction that I wanted and the support with that continues.

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

Those who know me know I am a Clemson University graduate and a HUGE Clemson fan – all things Clemson. In the fall, I’m usually at a Clemson football game and then the rest of the year, there are a few other sports going on as well. I enjoy working out and also spending time with my daughter, Holly, who will graduate from Clemson in May of 2017 with a degree in environmental engineering.

Katie in Corporate

What is a typical day like for you?

When I get into the office, I get my coffee and dive right into checking the five e-mail boxes I manage. In accounting, there’s always a standard script you follow throughout the month, but there are constantly new and even urgent variables and/or projects that need time and attention too. Part of my day is unpredictable so I’m always busy. Time flies by quickly.

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

Knowing that WK Dickson understands that a happy and appreciated employee gives back quality work and time well spent. I like the interpersonal relationships I have built with clients and people in our others offices – it makes my job easier. A boss can make or break your enjoyment at a job and I am so grateful for mine. I love that there is no drama here - everyone is here to work in a professional & courteous manner.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

One of the reasons I was hired was to utilize my MSOD and assist in improving the processes in the accounting department. Specifically, I have enjoyed revamping how we manage current and new sub-consultants, their contracts, and their compliance with our insurance coverage requirements.

What’s special about your office or team?

The personalities on my team gel well and we respect each other’s contributions. We’re supported and mentored. A work/life balance is a very important emphasis. The office has random surprise snacks for morale boosting, ping pong and corn hole to play during lunch, and even jam sessions with folks who play the guitar, the drums, and sing.

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

I’d like to participate in the growth and development of WK Dickson, specifically on an individual and group level. I don’t know what that would look like right now, but I am currently working on an Individual Development Program with my boss and HR to map it out.

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

I like to dabble in a lot of things that are focused on creativity, nature, and natural healing. I enjoy playing the piano and singing, learning and utilizing essential oils, meditating, sharing chemical free cleaning options with others, practicing Reiki, playing with my dogs, camping, hiking, tennis, Netflix binging, etc.

Bill in Charleston

What is a typical day like for you?

My days are extremely varied. One day I might be on the road visiting clients, the next might be in the office working on a proposal for a new project, then managing and performing work on a wastewater project, or perhaps conducting a project progress meeting with a client, etc.

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

The people – we have so many great people that I enjoy being around. Also, every day is different and there are always lots of challenges that make each day interesting and rewarding.

What has been your favorite project thus far?

City of Georgetown WWTP Modifications. The client has been struggling with several issues at the WWTP and is under a SCDHEC Consent Order. Being part of a great team to address the plant issues and help bring them back into compliance has been a lot of fun and very rewarding.

What’s special about your office or team?

We have genuinely good people with excellent capabilities and experience. We strive to be our client’s trusted adviser and partner, and we can tackle just about any water and wastewater issue or problem.

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

I am very happy serving as the Charleston Regional Office Manager and also as a Project Manager, and my goal is to grow the Charleston office by first growing our water & wastewater group, and eventually diversifying and adding additional WK Dickson service offerings to Charleston. WK Dickson and our leadership team are strongly committed to our clients, and that commitment is key to strengthening our relationships and growing our business. WK Dickson also has excellent marketing and proposal writing support, funding expertise, GIS and other non-traditional engineering service offerings that are very important to our clients.

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

When I’m not at work, I spend the majority of my time with my family. I have coached various sports for all three of my kids, and still help coach my younger son’s school basketball team (2017 Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties - Trident League 5th Grade Champs!). My wife and I enjoy running and traveling together, and we’ve done several combined “running trips” together over the past several years including marathons in New York City and Catalina Island, CA.