In honor of National Engineers Week, we’re highlighting Warfel employees with engineering degrees. Experts say demand for engineers will continue to grow as governments and industry work to meet the challenges of a growing global population and dwindling resources. Check out our featured employee today (Project Executive Guy Kingree), and follow along all week as we learn more about the team members who make Warfel a leader in the construction management industry.
Describe what you do at Warfel: As a Project Executive, I am responsible for helping my team succeed by assisting in maintaining quality, schedule, and budget surety for our Clients for Life. I am also responsible for overall portfolio planning and working with my team to ensure our success metrics are hit.
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State University
Why did you choose that course of study/degree? I was interested in construction, mainly design, at an early age. Throughout middle and high school, I gravitated toward architectural design classes as well as courses at CTC where I was able to learn CAD Design. I also learned I wanted something different every day in my career and didn’t want to be stuck in an office. That led me to construction management instead of structural design.
How long have you worked at Warfel? Almost 11 years – since June 2009
What did you do before you came to Warfel? I started working at Warfel straight out of college.
What is your favorite part of your job? I love helping and encouraging others to succeed. Working in a team dynamic allows for that opportunity every day.
What is the least favorite job you ever had? Packing eggs for a local egg supplier.
What is your most exciting accomplishment? In my work life, my most exciting accomplishment was taking the next step in my career and helping to develop the Project Executive (PX) position at Warfel. It was very rewarding to see the executive team have faith in me to help create a new position at Warfel to push our growth into the future. In my personal life – marrying my wife!
What advice do you have for students considering pursuing an engineering degree? Make sure you follow what you are passionate about. The engineering field can lead to an infinite number of roles and responsibilities. It will be a lot of hard work; however, if you stick with it, it will be worth it!
What advice would you give someone applying to Warfel? Go for it, it will be worth it and you will get to work with some of the best people you will ever meet.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your career? People are one of the most valuable resources you can find. Respect others, grow your network, and never stop learning.
If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be/what would you do? Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods. I have a passion for both traveling to new locations and trying some weird foods so his job seems pretty ideal.
What do you wish people knew about engineering? Engineering is all numbers crunching and design. It can also be a skill applied in the field.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Spending time with my wife and our three dogs, traveling the world, being physically active, and enjoying the company of my friends and family.