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Engineer Spotlight: David Smith

4/29/2022

ByLauren Willman

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

I am a Business Development Specialist for SE Automation, and I specialize in Siemens S7 1200 & Logo PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers).

HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN ENGINEERING?

I have always enjoyed knowing how and why things work. As a kid, I would take apart and put back together stuff I should not have.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS INDUSTRY?

The mechanical and electrical side of automation. Also, I enjoy traveling to meet customers and helping them find solutions.

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

I feel that I can listen and help find better solutions for the customer. I also have a knack for keeping my eyes open for other opportunities to sell more products when touring a business.

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

Listen, Listen, Listen, and ask for help when needed! I genuinely want to help the customer be successful, and I try to answer all questions and follow up asap.

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

At Standard Electric, we work as a team. The amount of support I get is unbelievable! I feel the management really cares about every associate.

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

In my spare time, I enjoy watching my high school daughter play volleyball, tinkering in the garage, getting together with friends, and visiting my other daughter at college.

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

I was in the Powersports business, years, and pounds ago. I raced stand-up Jet Skis & Mountain Bikes and built performance two-stroke engines.


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