Published July 2018
Editor’s Note: The country music group Alabama released a song in 1985 called “40-Hour Week.” The first stanza says, “There are people in this country who work hard every day/Not for fame or fortune do they strive/But the fruits of their labor are worth more than their pay/And it’s time a few of them were recognized.” Though Cleaner Times knows that many of the individuals who work behind the scenes put in more than 40 hours a week, this column exists to give recognition to a few of these important individuals.
Q: What is the name of the company that you are employed by?
A: PowerJet Pressure Cleaning Systems
Q: What is your name?
A: Patrick Benson
Q: What is your position/job title with the company
A: Engineering technician
Q: How long have you been with the company?
A: Three years
Q: What are your responsibilities with the company?
A: Computer-aided design (CAD) and CNC programming
Q: What can you tell us about your background?
A: I was born and raised in Belleisle Creek, New Brunswick, Canada. I graduated from Belleisle Regional High School in 2009; then I attended the University of New Brunswick Fredericton campus and earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 2014.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: Working out the technical details of PowerJet’s customizable units.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
A: Taking someone’s idea and helping to make it a reality
Q: Who has influenced you professionally, and how has his/her influence impacted your work?
A: All the teachers and professors I had through high school and university. Without the knowledge they passed on, I would not be able to do my job.
Q: Who has influenced you personally, and how has his/her influence impacted you?
A: My parents helped make me who I am.
Q: What advice would you give someone to live by?
A: Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse—Nigerian Proverb
Q: What interests do you have outside of work?
A: Hunting, fishing, video gaming, and reading.