Sam Ouedraogo, Assistant Project Manager with Thompson Electric Company of Omaha has had a unique experience here at Thompson Electric beginning in summer of 2016. Sam is an Electrical Engineering student, he started at Thompson with a 3-month 400-hour internship.
During his internship, Sam has spent valuable hours in the office and the field. He was able to experience change orders, RFI’s, understanding the importance of planning, prefab and how the field and office team work together to keep projects moving forward. Sam stated, “I could not have done this without the assistance of the projects managers, the field workers and most importantly the opportunity that this company provides for the young uprising generation”.
Upon completion of his internship, Sam was asked to stay with the Team as an Assistant Project Manager. He is continuing his education and looks forward to the opportunities with Thompson after he finishes his degree.
Sam’s goal is to one day return to Burkina Faso and open an electrical company. He stated “combining the technology that I am learning here in USA with my previous experience from Burkina Faso I can bring something new to my country it will be a source of jobs, and new technology for my country to benefit from.” Most of the services we provide here in the USA are not standard in Burkina Faso and Sam hopes he can develop them. The electrical services he hopes to offer are industrial, commercial, automation, preventive maintenance, arc flash and especially renewable solar and wind energy.
Thank you, Sam, for your dedication and hard work. We look forward to the future.
Construction workers often use energy drinks, such as Monster and Red Bull, for a quick pick-me-up. However, many people are unaware of the risks their consumption poses. Using these highly caffeinated and nutritionally deficient beverages can result in serious health complications. In fact, many companies in the construction industry have deemed energy drinks dangerous enough to ban them from work sites. Read the rest of the article here.
Our Omaha team recently completed the Leadership Development class taught by Lisa TeSlaa. The course featured ways to increase productivity through managing priorities, mastering communication, increasing personal and team productivity/performance, goal setting/achievements, and methods to help implement the lessons.
The course was taught every other week for 12 sessions in the Omaha office. The 12 employees that attended were Todd Becker, Scott Gunderson, Cathy Buenrostro, Lynn Kahnk, Mick Coffman, Frank Egan, Tim Lichtas, Kevin Dawson, Sam Ouedraogo, Jeff Stack, Richard Weisbrod and George Turner.
We are proud of the commitment made to achieve completion of the Leadership Development course.
Congratulations to all…
Last week, the city of Sioux City officially became a Home Base Iowa Community and Gov. Terry Branstad was in town to bestow the honor to city leaders and compliment the business owners on their commitment to hire veterans over the next 4 years. Governor Branstad mentioned that Thompson Electric was one of the first Sioux City businesses to sign up for Home Base Iowa. Skip Perley, CEO, for Thompson Electric, spoke for a few minutes on why Thompson Electric chose to participate in the Home Base Iowa program.
As one of the first Sioux City businesses to sign up for the Home Base Iowa program, Thompson Electric has pledged to hire at least 10 veterans by Dec. 31, 2018. By participating in the Home Base Iowa program, Thompson Electric will have the opportunity to participate in the annual 185th Air Refueling Wing career day job fair held in Sioux City during the summer.
This is an honor to be part of the Home Base Iowa program and Thompson Electric is thankful for the men and women that serve and protect our country. As we look forward, we hope these young men and women will consider a career at Thompson Electric and become a part of our community.