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Engineer Spotlight: David Reedy

6/15/2021

ByJulia Jaskie

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT STANDARD ELECTRIC, AND WHAT DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN? 

I am a Product Specialist for SE Automation. I am responsible for business development and application engineering for Siemens micro automation products.

HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN ENGINEERING? 

In high school, I enrolled in an introductory engineering class and loved it.  The engineer teaching the class saw my enthusiasm and helped guide me towards an engineering career path.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS INDUSTRY?

While we technically work in the electrical distribution industry, I was attracted to the idea that I can apply my engineering knowledge towards helping our customers.  Since my previous work experience was in customer service and sales, I found a role that worked well for me.

WHAT TRAITS DO YOU HAVE THAT HELP YOU IN YOUR ROLE?

Critical thinking and problem solving are traits that make my job easier and more enjoyable.  I’m able to apply ideas and concepts I have learned to our customers problems and find creative and efficient solutions.

WHEN YOU'RE WORKING WITH CLIENTS, HOW DO YOU HELP THEM IDENTIFY AND SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THEY'RE FACING?

I use a methodical approach and I always ask customers to describe their application rather than the solution they have chosen.  Most of the time, talking about their final product eliminates more issues than talking about the single issue that is immediately visible. 

WHAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU'VE LEARNED WHILE WORKING AT STANDARD ELECTRIC?  

The most important thing I have learned is that other engineers at Standard Electric are great team players.  When working on a project, I will sometimes run into “engineer-brain” where I overestimate my ability on a particular step. I have learned to ask for help from the team.  The saying around here is ‘under promise and over deliver’ and working as a team makes that possible.

WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with friends and family.  Since my son was born in 2020, I have discovered an exciting new world of activities and games that we have come up with as a family.  I also love traveling, cinema, and running.

WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOU THAT MIGHT SURPRISE CO-WORKERS OR FRIENDS?

I have never been pulled over for any reason!


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