Meet Trey, a Level III Mechanical Engineer based out of our Jackson, TN office. He started with LSI as an intern and has quickly become a critical part of our team. Recently a client reached out with a comment about Trey’s performance — ”Trey has been doing great work for us, staying on top of everything, is easy to work with, follows up with vendors when needed, directs contractors, helps with scheduling, etc.” We couldn’t agree more; he’s an exceptional engineer. The three words that we would use to describe Trey are passionate, open-minded, and result-driven. Read our latest Employee Spotlight — 20 Questions below.
How long have you been with LSI?
I’ve been with LSI for seven years after starting as an intern in the summer of 2014.
What is your role at LSI?
I started as a mechanical engineer after graduation. My first project was helping with P & IDs on a Pulp and Paper conversion project. Now I’m involved in machine design, process design, mechanical piping design, project management.
Where did you go to college?
The University of Tennessee in Martin, TN.
What industries have you been involved in?
Primarily pulp and paper and the food and beverage industries. I’ve also worked on projects in the mining, specialty chemicals, and manufacturing industries.
What is your area of expertise?
Machine and process design along with process execution.
What platforms are you familiar with?
AutoCAD, Inventor 3D, and FANUC ROBOGUIDE.
What has been your favorite project at LSI?
It’s challenging to narrow it down, but one that stands out is a large paper machine conversion project that was a huge undertaking. It showcased LSI’s capabilities and opened my eyes to the pulp and paper industry.
What is your proudest moment at LSI?
We had a mining project for a customer in Canada. It was a challenging project that we took from concept to final installation and required a large team. However, it was gratifying to be part of that team, figuring it all out and making it happen.
What sets LSI apart as an employer?
The flexibility and the confidence they have in us to be self-motivated and take care of our customers as if LSI is our own company. I remember asking how to handle a customer situation, and the answer was simple — do what’s right for the customer and what you would do if it were your company.
What sets LSI apart as a systems integrator?
Our employees operate like owners and take care of the customer. If we can’t help, we will assist the customer in finding the help that they need.
What are three words to describe LSI?
Quality, interesting, and flexible.
What is one thing that clients may not know about LSI that you would like to share?
The breadth of services that LSI offers — often, a customer knows us for a specific service, and once they find out all that we can do, our relationship expands.
Long-term client relationships are a hallmark of LSI. Why is that?
Repeat business is an indication of how we treat our customers. Treat them right and exceed their expectations, and they don’t want to leave.
How has LSI helped you in your career development?
LSI is large enough to provide many unique learning opportunities and a support system to help me succeed. I have regular conversations with my manager about my goals and what I’d like to learn.
What advice do you have for prospective LSI employees?
What are you waiting for? If you want to try something different or learn, LSI is the place to be. Be ready to work hard, and you need to be self-motivated. If you want someone looking over your shoulder and telling you what to do, that’s not who we are.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I spend a lot of time outdoors on my farm with my family.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite place for vacation is the Smoky Mountains.
Your favorite sports team?
The University of Tennessee Vols.
Apple iOS or Android?
Any random facts about yourself that you could share with us?
We live on a farm and have a lot of animals, including sheep, horses, cattle, chickens, working dogs, and pets. It’s hectic but a lot of fun to share the experience with my kids as they grow up.