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FEATURE

Engineering a Mentoring Culture:

Companies Developing

Next Generation of Leaders
BY NICOLE WASHINGTON

PHOTO BY UTI CORPORATION.

THIS YEAR I CELEBRATED three years at Utility Technologies
International. As I review my experiences, I can clearly see how
my career path was heavily influenced by those who recognized
certain attributes and skill sets that I possess and how I was mentored and nurtured. This guidance aided my successful navigation
through high school, helped me matriculate, select a major and
graduate from college, and, finally, helped launch a rewarding
career path that eventually carried me to my professional home
at UTI.
If I look back and begin to trace the beginnings of my interest
in engineering, I would say it started with conversations with my
middle school counselor. It was this counselor who recommended
that I participate in the INROADS engineering program sponsored
by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. It was here
that I was first exposed to a fun way to explore engineering. I
truly believe it was this early exposure, positive experience and
mentorship that was the key factor to my focus in the engineering discipline.

Nicole Washington helps colleague Nathan Michaels review a customer's
pipeline mapping system, as part of Utility Technologies International's
mentoring culture.
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INROADS was a significant part of my life during my middle
school and high school years. The connections, mentors and
friendships that I established through this program would be
pivotal in those difficult college years. In college, I joined various
student-based engineering organizations: Society of Women in
Engineering (SWE) and also National Society of Black Engineers
(NSBE). Here, mentorship was within your peer group to help you
avoid the pitfalls of college life and also provide a place where
those who have similar experiences can share and feel supported.
My first professional engineering role was as a Tire Design
Engineer at Goodyear. It was interesting to return as an employee
and see those who once were my instructors, now as my coworkers. Their interest in my success, continued advice and now,
their friendship, was priceless to me as a new engineer. Navigating
the corporate world would prove to be totally different than the
college experience.
Relocation brought my family to Indianapolis, Indiana. I found
employment as a Design Engineer with SMC Corporation of
America, a U.S. subsidiary of a hydraulics and pneumatics company based in Japan. Mentorship came in the form of learning
about cultural norms and how they applied to corporate life. I
am grateful to my Japanese counterparts for their patience and
willingness to teach me their language and culture.
When I began working at Vectren as a Supervisor of Storage and
Liquid Propane (LP) Operations, I was as green as a blade of grass
and had a lot to learn about the utility and natural gas industry.
The learning curve was fast and detailed. This industry is a vast
valley of information, training and services, and I loved it. Again,
mentored by those with a vast wealth of knowledge and work
experience, I gained a new respect and appreciation for pipeline
operators and gas service providers. Lessons were learned about
safety and the necessary precautions to be aware of that are not
only applicable in this industry, but in everyday life.
Relocating back to Ohio required another position change.
I became an Engineer in Vectren, Ohio's Bare Steel Cast Iron
Program. This role required additional knowledge of pipeline
installation and replacement, project management and community relations. I was interacting with field personnel, city engineers and planning departments, scheduling and planning of
future projects, reviewing budgets and accounting for spending,
evaluating cost analysis and also forecasting for future projects,
and I loved it.
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OGA Pipeline 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2018

President’s Corner
Chair’s Report
OGA Members Commit to Achieve U.S. EPA Star Methane Challenge Emissions Goals
Names and Times Change for OGA Members, Safety, Service Commitment Remains Constant
All Aboard the Clean Air Express: Natural Gas Fueling Ohio Bus Fleets
Engineering a Mentoring Culture: Companies Developing Next Generation of Leaders
OGA Scholarship Winners
2018 OGA Affiliate, Associate, Corporate and Midstream Listings
2018 OGA Executive Board/Board of Trustees
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Intro
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - President’s Corner
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - Chair’s Report
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - OGA Members Commit to Achieve U.S. EPA Star Methane Challenge Emissions Goals
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - Names and Times Change for OGA Members, Safety, Service Commitment Remains Constant
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - All Aboard the Clean Air Express: Natural Gas Fueling Ohio Bus Fleets
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - Engineering a Mentoring Culture: Companies Developing Next Generation of Leaders
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - OGA Scholarship Winners
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - 2018 OGA Affiliate, Associate, Corporate and Midstream Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2018 - 2018 OGA Executive Board/Board of Trustees
OGA Pipeline 2018 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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