During my senior year of college at Lehigh University, I interviewed with a few companies in varying industries and decided on joining a system integrator in Illinois. Ten days after graduating, I moved to Illinois and started working as a controls engineer. Looking back now, I can say that I assuredly had no idea what I was getting into. Four years later, I had learned four new programming languages, a few different software packages, and the details of industrial processes ranging from paint to oil and gas to food. I felt as though I had finally established a foothold in the industry and was ready to continue growing. However, while I really liked the company I was working for, I wanted to live back on the East Coast to be closer to family. It was a hard decision but I decided that I needed to move.
Once I was back on the East Coast, I began looking for a new company with which to put down roots. During the job search process, I found Hallam-ICS and contacted them. From the first phone call with the CEO Keith Flaherty, I knew this was a great company for which I could see myself working. After a couple in person interviews with the team in Burlington and then in Malta, I decided that Hallam-ICS was the one. Hallam has a great culture and strong growth. As an ESOP company, it not only gives its employees the ability to make the company successful, but also lets them share in the rewards of that success. I started working in the Malta, NY office in 2017 as a controls engineer.