Darrell Solie (Mechanical Engineer)

1. How long have you worked @ FMD? Since May 2010

2. What factors made FMD your employer of choice?

I previously had the experience of working on campus (not as a U of S Employee) and really enjoyed the surroundings and beauty of the buildings and grounds on Campus.   As a graduate of the U of S, I thought it would be rewarding to be able to come to work and contribute to the campus where I received my formal educational training.  My former work experience has provided me with a background in building design, operation and maintenance.  The position I have with Facilities Management provides me with the opportunity to continue to build on these experiences.

3. What do you like most about working at FMD?

Working with FMD provides the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people.  In my case, this involves people who design, construct, operate, maintain and occupy the facilities that are on Campus.  I find it very rewarding to be involved with projects from initial design to final completion.  This includes not only large projects, but smaller items that may involve minor changes or upgrades.  Seeing a project successfully completed provides a great sense of accomplishment.

4. What are the three biggest benefits to working @ FMD OR how has your life changed since you began working @ FMD?

Facilities Management has individuals with expertise in all aspects of facility planning, operations and maintenance.  These individuals have a wealth of knowledge and experience that allows them to provide great guidance and direction with just about any questions you may have.  Access to these resources is very helpful when solving the challenges that most projects provide.

Due to the large variety of buildings and occupant requirements, working at FMD had provided me the opportunity to work on a large variety of different projects.  This always keeps you interested in what you are doing and allows you to learn more with each of these experiences.

One item that I have really come to appreciate since starting to work on Campus is that I no longer have to cross any of the bridges to get to or from work.  This may seem trivial, but it saves me about ½ hour per day in travel time.

5. If you were to recommend FMD as an employer, what word would you use to best describe FMD’s environment?  

Diverse

Personal comments

As a graduate of the U of S, it’s been rewarding to be back on the campus where I received my formal education. Working with FMD provides lots of opportunities to work with a wide variety of people, and I like that – we’re a very diverse division. It’s great to be involved in projects from initial design to completion – it could be a large project or even a small upgrade. It gives me with a great sense of accomplishment. My interest level is always piqued! - Darrell