Daniel McClain, PE, SE
Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Oklahoma State University and is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer in Oklahoma. Daniel’s…View Profile
Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much we love our jobs there are going to be times when things may get monotonous, repetitive, or you may just feel you need a break. One of the things I love about my job is every so often I am thrown something out of the blue that helps break it up…
I had to travel with work the other day. Had a long 5 1/2 hour long drive across Oklahoma to go look at a building. Turned out it was fire station and I needed to get on the roof but there was no roof hatch access. Typically I am used to my clients offering ladders or scissor-lifts or man lifts, but this time was unique. I was told ahead of time not to worry about roof access, so was mildly surprised when I arrived and they were pulling out the large ladder truck.
And yes – I accessed the roof by riding the bucket on the end of the ladder. After performing the work I needed to do, I got back in the bucket and the fireman driving looked at me and said – “Want to go up?” Thankfully as a structural engineer, I do not have a fear of heights, but do have a healthy respect of them. But I couldn’t resist – “Sure”. He then said “Hey, you always have to find the fun in your job”.
That stuck with me – I loved what he had said – You always have to find the fun in your job. That day my fun was getting to ride in a firetruck, and be lifted up 95 feet in the air to get a limitless view of the Oklahoma panhandle.
This next week take a moment to “find the fun in your job”.
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