Interview with Joe Holden
Zone Manager at Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities
Joe Holden has worked in the Water Industry for almost fifteen years starting as a construction worker. For the last five years he has served as a Zone Manager for Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Project Management from Devry University. He served in the United Marine Corps for almost six years being medically retired at the rank of Corporal.
What do you love about your career in the water industry?
The water industry is always changing to meet the demands of not only our customer but our environmental needs as well. I love the work that I do because every day is different and I feel like I’m making a difference.
I don’t think that most of the population understands the importance of water to our future. The industry is constantly shifting. Part of my job enables me in a small way to help educate others about the importance and what they can do to help. There are limitless opportunities to gain knowledge and skills with technology changing, new products being introduced and jobs opening up on the environmental side that were never there before.
What are some of the benefits of working in the water industry?
I would say one of the biggest benefits I see working in the water industry is the stability. With the economic down turn in past years many people have lost jobs of all kinds. Our industry is affected by economic pressure but less likely to feel the loss of jobs because our work doesn’t slow down in the same way. There is a place for almost every background. I have been amazed at the diversity of the industry and the people that make it all possible.
What skills and training from your military career have you transferred into your current career?
The water industry requires so many varied skills and knowledge sets. The discipline, being able to follow instructions and carry out a plan, and the team work that I learned while serving gave me the ability to create a solid foundation for becoming who I am today in the industry. I also believe that most veterans have a sense of dedication to their fellow man that makes them invaluable. The regimented leadership training received while serving enables me to handle tough situations.
Why should veterans consider working in the water sector?
IF a veteran is looking to continue gaining valuable skills, serving his country in a way that allows him or her to continue protecting the freedoms he or she fought so hard for this might be a good fit. The general public doesn’t always understand what it takes to get water from a water source to their house or even what they would do if they didn’t have it at all. Many of the things we need to survive depend on water. It is a freedom we sometimes forget. Every day is different and something you can take pride in.
A veteran can take pride in knowing that they are continuing to serve our country by protecting our way of life. This career choice allows a veteran to continue to make a difference and work towards improving this industry with their experience and desire to serve.