Get to know the TMT Team in our new feature, Employee Spotlight!
Jeremy Ward is the Chief Engineer at TMT Development. Our intern Jay Park recently sat down with Jeremy to ask him a few questions about his role at TMT.
How long have you worked with TMT? Almost 10 years.
Where did you go to school? I went to Parkrose High School and graduated from Portland Community College.
How long did it take to finish school? I’m still in school. I’ve been in many different programs and apprenticeships.
Why did you come to TMT? I desired benefits and stability/structure from a job. I wanted a home. Once my first child was born, I didn’t want to travel anymore and wanted to establish a home base at TMT.
What are your everyday duties? I make sure the building is operating properly – A/C is working and all the first impressions of the building are running smoothly. My ultimate job is to make tenants happy.
What is your favorite task? I like working with people and troubleshooting. I also like tough challenges and enjoy fixing things when no one else can.
What is your least favorite task? The work load can be stressful and can be demanding, as it is such a big building and there are so many tenants.
What are you most excited about in regards to Park Avenue West? To be the engineer for the newest high rise in Portland. It’s like a cool new toy to play with.
What is the most common problem in the Fox Tower? Mostly heating and cooling, air flow in general.
What type of qualities do you need to succeed in this job? You need to be a people person and driven. It helps if you’re self-sufficient, have an eye for detail, and are flexible and team-oriented.
What is your ideal day? Everything is completed and everyone’s smiling.
If you could change one thing about the building, what would it be? Revolving doors would be installed because it would make the building lobby warmer in the winter time.
What is the easiest part of your job? Dealing with the tenants and interacting with people.
What is the most difficult? Sometimes stress comes with this job and can be overwhelming. You constantly have to prioritize tasks and projects.
What is the best feature in this building? I love the architecture and shape of Fox Tower.
What have you learned the most through this job? Patience.
What advice would you give to a new engineer? Go with the flow and be open to new practices.
What was the biggest mistake you made while on the job? Temporarily considering another job offer.
What was the most gratifying thing you did while on the job? A car was on fire in the parking garage and I put it out before the fire department arrived!