Typical day on the job:
I spend about 25% of my time managing other people and 25% planning and implementing projects. The rest of my time is spent in meetings (10%), writing reports (15%), collaborating with peers (15%) and bench time (10%).
I work in an office most of the time. We are the technical division of ALM, a holding company. MTE Services provides laboratory and technical support to all the divisions of ALM. Our capabilities range from materials science to analytical testing. The instrumentation is varied and much of it is used to test liquid asphalt and hot mix asphalt. We also provide forensic analysis as needed. One of our greatest assets is that we are positioned to be very agile and can develop testing to suit almost any need in the asphalt paving industry.
50 hours per week. It’s a flexible schedule. Our winter schedule is focused on research and development. During the paving season we focus on quality control for our paving operations.
I travel 1-5 days each month.
Tools you can’t live without:
Rheometers, Xcel, Intranet Applications
Best productivity trick:
Put your phone on do not disturb and shut down e-mail.
Best career advice you’ve received:
If you want a position then start doing the work it requires.
Skills or talents that make you a good fit for your job:
I’m very organized.
Essential habit you wish you’d started earlier:
Asking questions about everything all the time.
Favorite ACS resource:
Free papers. It’s great to have access to papers that I would not otherwise have.