Lance Douglas
Houston

What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

I am a Sales Engineer for Southeast Texas and Louisiana living in Houston.  My job is to work with customers to solve automation projects, including custom machine building, multi-axis gantries, robotic assembly, robotic machine tending, precision metrology, and many others.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I have worked at Olympus Controls since March 2017 after being referred to the position by one of our suppliers that I knew from outside the business.  It’s been a great place to work since.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

I like the variety of projects and technologies that I see every day.  In a single day, I can work on a handful of different projects spanning multiple industries that can be as simple as a single axis and a complex as a multi-year custom project that is the first of its kind in the world.  A close second favorite thing is the technical capability of the team around me, who I learn from every day – they’re also a lot more fun than they sound.

Describe a little of your past history.

I am a Mechanical Engineer from The University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to this job, I have held two professional roles.  Out of college, I was a Deepwater Drilling Engineer where I spent most of my days on an deepwater rig in the Gulf of Mexico, mainly working on exploration wells.  After that, I went to New Mexico to work for NASA on rocket engines.  I returned to Houston to be with my fiancé, now-wife.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

I like most things outdoors including camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, skiing, etc.  I also enjoy craft beer and attend a lot of football games in the fall – my teams are the Texas Longhorns (Hook ‘Em) and the Houston Texans.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

People are the most important part of both my career and personal life.  Hard work and patience are skills that can be developed and both will take you a long way.  Life is cyclical – I’ve learned to enjoy the good times and fight through the tough times.  Never stop learning.

What is one thing you customers might find surprising about you?

In an act of non-frugality, the first car I bought after college was a Corvette because it was my dream car for years growing up.  I parted with it (and the bill) after about a year so that I could start saving instead.