What is your job title, and what does that position entail?
I’m a technician 1 here at Olympus.
My job entails receiving work orders and instructions via Wrike. I follow work instructions to assemble products using electrical and mechanical assembly instructions. I use solder and hand tools to build products following work instructions. I will then test the product, making sure the product operates properly before sending off to QA for inspection.
How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?
I came to Olympus through Aerotek staffing. I was already working at Cascade Controls when I came across a job posting on Indeed; this job was closer to were I lived and pays more so I applied. I was lucky enough to get an interview and was offered a job. I went in to work at Cascade Controls and turned in my 2 week notice. I’ve been with Olympus since March 2018, but was hired directly in July 2018, best decision I’ve ever made!
What do you like best about working at Olympus?
I can’t narrow it down to just any one thing. There is so much that makes this company an amazing place to work, one being that this company cares about their employees!!! I have never worked for a company with such a amazing group of people. Lets start at the top, the owners are awesome! They really show their employees how much they appreciate and care about their happiness. They are very personable and take time out of their busy day to actually get to know each and everyone of their employees. They put together amazing team building events, from white water rafting to getting our friends and family together to play kickball. All of the management team make it a point to make you feel welcomed and appreciated for the job you do. Keith Crosby is the best manager I’ve ever worked under. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and willing to help and/or explain how to do your task. He is also very personable and goes out of his way to get to know his employees and what their interests are. He makes it a point to acknowledge you and let you know how much he appreciates the job you are doing; he goes the extra mile to make you feel like one of the team. Every employee here from the office staff to the warehouse staff are friendly, willing to help you to complete the tasks at hand and they all are truly a joy to work with. I feel very blessed and thankful to be working here at Olympus Controls.
Describe a little of your past history.
I have worked in the industry going on 9 years now. I worked at Intel for 6 years in various departments from warehouse, kit prep, OPPS, OSM, test, QA final inspection and repair, to the site certification of the conroe broadwater motherboard. I left the industry for 5 years and worked in the steel industry at Evraz Oregon Steel. During my time there I realized I missed working in the electronic industry. I left Evraz and went to work for Cascade Controls were I learned how to build control panels. I worked my way up through various departments from fab all the way to the developmental (pilot) group before coming to work here at Olympus Controls.
Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?
When I am not working I am a full time single parent of a 12 year old boy named Dylan. We like to snowboard during the winter and during the summer we like to hike, camp, fish, float the river, and BBQ with friends and family. I am also very into bodybuilding. I workout 5 days a week and try to live a healthy lifestyle. I’m also studding to be a CPT (certified personal trainer). I am currently attending NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) my goal is to compete in my first bodybuilding competition in 2 years at age 47 and hopefully at least place in the top 4.
What is one thing your customers might find surprising about you?
Customers might find it surprising that I have been raising my son by my self for the past 8 years.