Fanatic Attention to Detail:
Base Camp Training for Glumac’s Future Engineers

“Fanatic Attention to Detail” is a cultural commitment at Glumac. Whether we’re working on drawings, specifications, qualification packages or planning our next client event, we strive for perfection in every way possible. To this end, we are committed to providing quality training for our employees. In June, Glumac hosted “Base Camp” for 21 of our recent graduates and new employees. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers from each of our ten offices, including three from Shanghai, attended this week-long event in Sacramento, CA.

Base Camp was an intense and informative week of industry cross-training. Attendees were immersed in a variety of MEP topics, as expected. More importantly, they were enlightened by experts in Architecture, Contracting, Structural Design, Commissioning, Energy Analysis, and Manufacturing.

Taking in the excitement at the River Cats baseball game. Glumac Base Campers recognized at the game!
Taking in the excitement at the River Cats baseball game. Glumac Base Campers recognized at the game!

The training week also included a visit to an equipment manufacturing plant and even some fun team building trips to Lake Natoma and a Triple A baseball game. Recognizing these young engineers as the future of our industry, Glumac is investing in educating them about the issues that our clients face throughout the life of a project. As with any new young professional, there are opportunities to round out knowledge through focused, mentor-based training and give them the right tools to improve on service delivery in addition to on-job training. The goal is helping these young engineers reach their potential by providing the right support and attention.

Elmco Associates brought a hands-on, interactive presentation to the Glumac Base Campers.
Elmco Associates brought a hands-on, interactive presentation to the Glumac Base Campers.

Charlie Smith, Plumbing/Mechanical Specification Consultant at Elmco Associates, who served as a guest speaker at Base Camp, said, “You have a great group of young engineers coming on board. It is obvious they will be a huge asset.”

Among our guest speakers was also Architect Jack Paddon, Principal of Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc., who shared his perspective.

“What a great experience for those who are just entering the work place to be immersed in standards of good professional practices that include not only the what’s and why’s, but also the philosophical why-not’s! These Base Campers will be our future industry leaders not so far in the future and I was pleased to have an opportunity share from the architect’s perspective.”

Training days were congenial and engaging. Young engineers asked questions and shared challenges they have encountered in designing specific facilities and in different market sectors. Experienced, senior professionals shared their wisdom and solutions from their past.

Joe Dillingham, MEP Coordinator, DPR Construction, shared a General Contractor’s point of view. “With an interactive dialogue, I presented questions to the group and they responded with intelligent answers, leading to more discussion. I was happy to share my experiences with them.”

We take pride in our industry’s future, and are enthusiastic about the refreshing outlook of our rising engineers. We believe “Fanatic Attention to Detail” is critical to success in engineering and we look forward to training world-class “engineers for a sustainable future.”

Our sincere gratitude to:
Jack Paddon – Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc
Joe Dillingham – DPR Construction
Roger Fuller – Sacramento County Chief Building Official (Retired)
Todd Noce – Mason Industries
Charlie Smith and Dave Moore – Elmco Associates
Ryan Culver – Associated Lighting Representatives, Inc (ALR)
Mel Melliza – Associated Lighting Representatives, Inc (ALR)
Rob Fuentes – Schneider Electric
Gregg Vlahakis and Joachim Gensel – Viking Sprinkler
Chris Stewart – Norman S Wright (HVAC Equipment)
Marc Sorge- Greenheck Fans Scott Athey – Industrial Electronic Systems