Finding an Engineering Job During COVID – Reflecting

Oct 4, 2021 | Inside BE - Our Culture | 0 comments

About a year ago Bryan I., Process Engineer at Brindley Engineering wrote an article about his experience applying for a job right before Covid Hit… We recently caught up with Bryan to check in and find out how life is at Brindley Engineering one year later. 

Q: You were contemplating whether the career move would be a good decision for your family – even before the COVID pandemic was affecting the industry. Was it a good decision?

A: Absolutely. Everything started to settle into a ‘let’s do everything the same way as we always have’ at my old job. It became mundane. The career move was something I saw as a way to grow and move up. The pandemic did make it more difficult, but I really wanted more opportunity. My job at Brindley Engineering is a step up. In previous roles I was told to fill out data sheets and do a lot of admin work, versus now at Brindley Engineering I am asked to work directly with the client and figure out what needs to be done. This is more of a leadership role.

Q: Your first assignment was remote because of COVID. You started working with your team without ever meeting them face-to-face. Have you met them face-to-face now? What do you think?

A: Yes! I have spent a lot of time in the office. 3 times a week. I had the chance to meet everyone who is in the office. My preference is to interact face-to-face with my colleagues every day, but we are adapting as needed.

The Process team consists of a mix of full-time and part-time people, which I get to work directly with on projects, providing technical support.  Previously, the work consisted of just myself with minor interactions with colleagues.  In addition to other Process Staff, I now get to work on multidiscipline projects that often consists of a  6- or 7-person team.

The feeling I get is ‘Be open minded. No one will shoot you down.’ We have such a family-oriented community. If something personal happens or you need personal time, everyone is so open to tell you to go take care of it! It feels like family here.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in 2021-2022?

A: In all honesty, I want to go back to school and learn more. From the BE perspective, I feel like I am encouraged to do it. BE will help me learn new things that will help myself grow as a process engineer but also as a professional in general.

Q: What type of person may be a good fit for BE?

A: Someone who is open to talking and working with others – not someone who likes to work in a silo. If you are scared to do an activity, speak up. BE has taught me to voice my opinion.

Another way to answer this questions is this: Almost anyone is welcome here. Any type of person who is willing to work for a company that allows you to grow as a person. BE expects you to try and work as a team. Team is a big part of working here.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like readers to know?

A: Everything is exactly as I expected it would be based on my interview process with Brindley Engineering. BE has lived up to all they said they would – from a flexible commute to ample professional opportunities. When a company tells you exactly what they are going to do and then they back it up, is completely reassuring. They have kept their promises. At Brindley Engineering we believe in trying to move up and not staying at the same level for too long – try to level up at any chance you can – that’s the mentality.


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