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PROJECT MANAGER, DISTRICT UTILITIES: His Passion Is Trying To Save The Planet

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Marco is a Project Manager for a municipal utility district which provides electricity to a large county in California. With a background in mechanical engineering, his primary focus is in energy, research, and development of sustainability projects that are trying to save our planet.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Job Title: Project Manager

Job Summary: Environmental Engineers

Job Description

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and control of water and air pollution.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

At some colleges and universities, a student can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master's degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some colleges and universities or to do research and development.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, Mathematical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='12090'>Research</span> <span m='12670'>and</span> <span m='12790'>Development</span> <span m='13690'>department.</span> <span m='15720'>My</span> <span m='15850'>background</span> <span m='16420'>is</span> <span m='16530'>mechanical</span> <span m='16980'>engineering,</span> <span m='17890'>and</span> <span m='18530'>I</span> <span m='18590'>have</span> <span m='18720'>a</span> <span m='18760'>lot</span> <span m='18930'>of</span> <span m='18990'>fun</span> <span m='19500'>working,</span> <span m='19920'>doing</span> <span m='20180'>what I</span> <span m='20300'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='21430'>I</span> <span m='21550'>have</span> <span m='21770'>an</span> <span m='21920'>office</span> <span m='22260'>job.</span> <span m='24135'>I'm</span> <span m='24450'>in</span> <span m='24630'>a</span> <span m='24720'>lot</span> <span m='24930'>of</span> <span m='25030'>meetings.</span> <span m='25490'>I</span> <span m='25580'>work</span> <span m='25850'>with</span> <span m='25950'>several</span> <span m='26320'>different</span> <span m='26710'>departments</span> <span m='27820'>because</span> <span m='28120'>the</span> <span m='28190'>projects</span> <span m='28485'>that</span> <span m='28780'>I'm</span> <span m='28980'>involved</span> <span m='29470'>in,</span> <span m='30170'>they</span> <span m='30850'>require</span> <span m='31560'>coordination</span> <span m='32210'>of</span> <span m='32299'>several</span> <span m='32650'>groups.</span> <span m='33580'>And</span> <span m='35880'>sometimes</span> <span m='36470'>I</span> <span m='36540'>go</span> <span m='36930'>to</span> <span m='37300'>the</span> <span m='37400'>field</span> <span m='37930'>to</span> <span m='38340'>check</span> <span m='38590'>on</span> <span m='38710'>projects.</span> <span m='39840'>But</span> <span m='40150'>it's</span> <span m='40330'>a</span> <span m='40410'>lot</span> <span m='40680'>of</span> <span m='40930'>coordination</span> <span m='42110'>because</span> <span m='42420'>of</span> <span m='42890'>the</span> <span m='43320'>nature</span> <span m='43650'>of</span> <span m='43720'>my</span> <span m='43900'>job.</span> <span m='44520'>I</span> <span m='44700'>manage</span> <span m='45160'>projects.</span> <span m='45800'>So</span> <span m='46120'>it's</span> <span m='46680'>a</span> <span m='46770'>lot</span> <span m='46950'>of</span> <span m='46990'>communication.</span> <span m='47660'>I</span> <span m='47690'>would</span> <span m='47820'>say</span> <span m='48040'>that</span> <span m='48210'>50%</span> <span m='48730'>of</span> <span m='48900'>my</span> <span m='49030'>job</span> <span m='49390'>is</span> <span m='49620'>communication.</span> <span m='50390'>So</span> <span m='50650'>communication</span> <span m='51310'>is</span> <span m='51570'>extremely</span> <span m='52240'>important</span> <span m='52770'>for</span> <span m='53000'>successful</span> <span m='53540'>careers.</span> </p><p><span m='54610'>I've</span> <span m='54820'>always</span> <span m='55030'>been</span> <span m='55190'>interested</span> <span m='55610'>in</span> <span m='55700'>sustainability.</span> <span m='56970'>And</span> <span m='57430'>one</span> <span m='57700'>way</span> <span m='58290'>that</span> <span m='58790'>you</span> <span m='59020'>can</span> <span m='59500'>affect</span> <span m='61150'>or</span> <span m='61750'>improve</span> <span m='62290'>sustainability</span> <span m='63560'>of</span> <span m='63910'>society</span> <span m='64610'>is</span> <span m='64959'>by</span> <span m='65250'>understanding</span> <span m='65730'>how</span> <span m='65910'>society</span> <span m='66490'>uses</span> <span m='66870'>energy,</span> <span m='67260'>because</span> <span m='67620'>it has</span> <span m='67840'>a</span> <span m='67870'>huge</span> <span m='68280'>impact</span> <span m='68710'>on</span> <span m='69640'>environmental</span> <span m='70150'>degradation.</span> <span m='71890'>At</span> <span m='71980'>the</span> <span m='72060'>same</span> <span m='72280'>time,</span> <span m='72500'>you</span> <span m='72560'>can</span> <span m='72700'>use</span> <span m='72900'>energy</span> <span m='73240'>to</span> <span m='73350'>improve</span> <span m='73770'>things,</span> <span m='74570'>and</span> <span m='74790'>that's</span> <span m='75120'>the</span> <span m='75220'>path</span> <span m='75540'>that</span> <span m='75660'>I</span> <span m='75710'>decided</span> <span m='76100'>to</span> <span m='76160'>follow.</span> <span m='77180'>My</span> <span m='77310'>inspiration</span> <span m='78080'>is</span> <span m='78940'>let's</span> <span m='79300'>save</span> <span m='79450'>this</span> <span m='79700'>planet.</span> <span m='80390'>That's</span> <span m='80650'>basically</span> <span m='80980'>what</span> <span m='81100'>it</span> <span m='81150'>boils</span> <span m='81460'>down</span> <span m='81680'>to.</span> <span m='81810'>And</span> <span m='81920'>I</span> <span m='81990'>do</span> <span m='82220'>it</span> <span m='83820'>out of</span> <span m='84100'>passion.</span> </p><p><span m='85040'>What</span> <span m='85700'>I</span> <span m='85960'>wish</span> <span m='86230'>I</span> <span m='86310'>knew</span> <span m='86510'>in</span> <span m='86590'>high</span> <span m='86860'>school</span> <span m='87170'>that</span> <span m='87300'>I</span> <span m='87380'>know</span> <span m='87710'>now?</span> <span m='89030'>I</span> <span m='89170'>wish</span> <span m='89470'>I</span> <span m='89500'>was</span> <span m='89720'>more</span> <span m='90220'>involved,</span> <span m='91440'>more</span> <span m='91670'>active</span> <span m='92280'>in</span> <span m='92600'>outside</span> <span m='92880'>the</span> <span m='93160'>academic</span> <span m='93640'>world,</span> <span m='93890'>the</span> <span m='93990'>school</span> <span m='94390'>world.</span> <span m='95260'>Go</span> <span m='95460'>out</span> <span m='95600'>there</span> <span m='95890'>and</span> <span m='96000'>ask</span> <span m='96280'>folks,</span> <span m='96730'>professionals,</span> <span m='97360'>how--</span> <span m='97830'>like</span> <span m='98650'>I'm</span> <span m='98880'>being</span> <span m='99100'>asked</span> <span m='99400'>right</span> <span m='99530'>now--</span> <span m='99710'>how</span> <span m='99970'>did</span> <span m='100130'>you</span> <span m='100200'>get</span> <span m='100440'>where</span> <span m='100570'>you</span> <span m='100710'>got.</span> <span m='101670'>It's</span> <span m='102220'>by</span> <span m='106180'>networking,</span> <span m='107020'>knowing</span> <span m='107380'>people,</span> <span m='108550'>getting</span> <span m='108910'>involved,</span> <span m='109540'>getting</span> <span m='109760'>involved</span> <span m='110030'>in</span> <span m='110130'>projects.</span> </p><p><span m='110820'>And</span> <span m='110890'>it</span> <span m='110950'>might</span> <span m='111150'>be</span> <span m='111250'>challenging,</span> <span m='111750'>very</span> <span m='112000'>challenging</span> <span m='112700'>in</span> <span m='113260'>the</span> <span m='113340'>beginning.</span> <span m='113710'>You</span> <span m='113840'>might</span> <span m='114080'>be</span> <span m='114180'>shy.</span> <span m='114680'>You</span> <span m='114830'>might</span> <span m='115070'>feel</span> <span m='115230'>I</span> <span m='115340'>don't</span> <span m='115470'>know</span> <span m='115570'>what</span> <span m='115750'>I'm</span> <span m='115850'>doing</span> <span m='116140'>here.</span> <span m='116540'>But</span> <span m='116790'>you</span> <span m='116920'>will</span> <span m='117190'>know</span> <span m='117750'>what</span> <span m='117920'>you're</span> <span m='118030'>doing.</span> <span m='118320'>You</span> <span m='118700'>just</span> <span m='118920'>have</span> <span m='119030'>to</span> <span m='119110'>get</span> <span m='119260'>involved.</span> <span m='119650'>And</span> <span m='119740'>you</span> <span m='119780'>need</span> <span m='120010'>to</span> <span m='120100'>have</span> <span m='120230'>that</span> <span m='120400'>passion.</span> <span m='120870'>You need to</span> <span m='121030'>have</span> <span m='121210'>that</span> <span m='121410'>drive.</span> </p><p><span m='122230'>How</span> <span m='122420'>do</span> <span m='122520'>you</span> <span m='122640'>get</span> <span m='122870'>that?</span> <span m='123460'>By</span> <span m='124470'>meeting</span> <span m='124760'>people</span> <span m='125170'>that</span> <span m='125310'>have</span> <span m='125660'>that,</span> <span m='126090'>because</span> <span m='126570'>it's</span> <span m='126690'>contagious.</span> <span m='127390'>Once</span> <span m='127660'>you</span> <span m='127810'>have</span> <span m='128009'>people</span> <span m='128280'>saying,</span> <span m='128509'>hey</span> <span m='128729'>we're</span> <span m='128889'>doing</span> <span m='129139'>things,</span> <span m='129419'>we're</span> <span m='129729'>going,</span> <span m='130050'>moving</span> <span m='130350'>forward</span> <span m='131470'>and</span> <span m='131600'>you</span> <span m='131660'>get</span> <span m='131790'>involved</span> <span m='132170'>in</span> <span m='132230'>that,</span> <span m='133000'>it's</span> <span m='133140'>going</span> <span m='133250'>to</span> <span m='133290'>help</span> <span m='133520'>you</span> <span m='133590'>a</span> <span m='133650'>lot</span> <span m='133960'>to</span> <span m='135170'>open</span> <span m='135410'>the</span> <span m='135500'>doors</span> <span m='135870'>for</span> <span m='135990'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='136450'>So</span> <span m='136740'>get</span> <span m='136950'>out</span> <span m='137090'>there.</span> <span m='137300'>Get</span> <span m='137510'>involved.</span> <span m='138020'>Know</span> <span m='138230'>what</span> <span m='138400'>people</span> <span m='138610'>are</span> <span m='138680'>doing.</span> <span m='138930'>Whatever</span> <span m='139270'>it</span> <span m='139350'>is</span> <span m='139540'>that</span> <span m='139670'>you</span> <span m='139750'>want</span> <span m='139860'>to</span> <span m='139910'>do,</span> <span m='140090'>from</span> <span m='140320'>being</span> <span m='140530'>a</span> <span m='140610'>cook</span> <span m='140990'>to</span> <span m='142050'>doing</span> <span m='142250'>what</span> <span m='142690'>I'm</span> <span m='142850'>doing,</span> <span m='143210'>to</span> <span m='143310'>being</span> <span m='143450'>an</span> <span m='143640'>astronaut.</span> <span m='144160'>Whatever</span> <span m='144490'>you</span> <span m='144640'>want</span> <span m='144800'>to</span> <span m='144860'>do,</span> <span m='145550'>just</span> <span m='145820'>go</span> <span m='146030'>out</span> <span m='146200'>there.</span> <span m='146490'>Talk</span> <span m='146740'>to</span> <span m='146830'>people.</span> <span m='147210'>Get</span> <span m='147450'>involved.</span> <span m='148430'>And</span> <span m='149390'>try</span> <span m='149630'>to</span> <span m='149710'>be</span> <span m='149820'>useful</span> <span m='150590'>outside</span> <span m='151170'>the</span> <span m='151290'>academic</span> <span m='151670'>world.</span> <span m='152270'>It'll</span> <span m='152850'>help</span> <span m='153040'>you a lot.</span> </p><p><span m='153330'>And</span> <span m='154230'>I</span> <span m='156470'>can't</span> <span m='156700'>over</span> <span m='156910'>emphasize</span> <span m='157440'>the</span> <span m='157510'>fact</span> <span m='157820'>that</span> <span m='157990'>communication</span> <span m='158910'>is</span> <span m='159130'>extremely</span> <span m='159740'>important.</span> <span m='160350'>That</span> <span m='160510'>you</span> <span m='160610'>communicate</span> <span m='161140'>well,</span> <span m='161380'>you</span> <span m='161590'>write</span> <span m='161900'>well,</span> <span m='162260'>and</span> <span m='162420'>you</span> <span m='162480'>speak</span> <span m='162780'>well.</span> <span m='163910'>That</span> <span m='164290'>is</span> <span m='164460'>going</span> <span m='164650'>to</span> <span m='165370'>open</span> <span m='165610'>the</span> <span m='165700'>doors</span> <span m='165980'>and</span> <span m='166070'>keep</span> <span m='166230'>the</span> <span m='166310'>doors</span> <span m='166580'>open</span> <span m='166880'>for</span> <span m='167000'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":397228,"video_id":"3525649208001","name":"2620-Marco-ProjectManagerSMUD1","duration":167858,"thumbnail_url":null}});