Why do you work for Luck Companies?
With a mining engineering degree, I could go practically anywhere in the world and find a job, but I work for Luck Companies because of the intangibles. Luck gives me a chance to do work that I like, grow personally, help out the community I grew up in and have a good time doing it.
Describe your career path with the company and why it's worked so well for you.
I started with Luck during a Co-Op in the Mining Engineering group when I was still at Virginia Tech. That time helped me figure out that mining was something that I wanted to do as a career and decide that Luck was where I wanted to be. When I started full time, I spent a year in training at the Fairfax plant learning the ropes of operations. I drove the equipment, ran the plants, blasted and did pretty much every job at the site, or at least got a taste of it. It was a very intense training program but the payoff is huge. Now that I'm back in the office doing more design work, I am enjoying the new challenges. I think everything has gone so well this far because I like variety, and I have been involved with new things practically every day since I started.
Give us one piece of advice for being successful with Luck Companies.
I think that a successful person with Luck is excited by challenges. You have to enjoy tackling obstacles or you aren't going to enjoy working for Luck.
Tell us something cool about yourself – on a personal note.
I love the water. One day, I hope to retire on either a river or lake. I own two kayaks and have kayaked through the North Woods of Maine and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota.