Finding the right job in the right career depends on many factors, including decisions made and the connections or relationships kept along the way. Steven Gyarmaty knows this well since both played a big role in aligning the pieces just right for him to start his career at ATMI Precast in Aurora, Ill.
Gyarmaty, project engineer and 2016 National Precast Concrete Association Foundation scholarship recipient, is four months away from completing his first year with ATMI Precast. Being new to the manufacturing side of the industry, working in the fast-paced setting has been a learning process.
“Busy is good, but too busy can be stressful,” he said. “The benefit is seeing the fruits of your labor and the stresses are, ‘Let’s get this building up when it’s supposed to be up.’”
He was familiar with the industry going in, having worked at McCluskey Engineering Corp. in Naperville, Ill., designing precast wall panels and panel connections for several precasters in the area, including ATMI Precast. So, after establishing a great working relationship, it made sense for him to make the career jump.
“I’ve really enjoyed working at ATMI Precast,” he said. “The industry moves quick. From the time we do our calculations to when the panels go up, it’s not that long.
“So, it’s exciting to see your finished work.”
Gyarmaty thanks the NPCA Foundation for providing financial support to help make his current career a reality. Networking and building connections with other NPCA precasters has made it possible for him to talk with others that share his love of the industry and to find answers to issues quickly.
“I was already enjoying the precast design side of things, and I knew working at ATMI Precast would give me an opportunity to see production and erection up close” he said. “My advice for those searching for a job in the industry is to network and be open to new opportunities. You’ll definitely never get bored working here and there’s always something new to learn or an exciting challenge to overcome!”