Stephen Howe

Engineering Technician

Years with MIL:  1.5

What were you doing before joining MIL?

Before joining the MIL family, I was working for a government contractor as an engineering technician. During my time as an engineering tech, I helped fabricate numerous types of equipment and assisted with a variety of technical drawings. I worked on many different projects for various organizations such as ScanEagle and the U.S. Capitol Police.

Why did you decide to join MIL?

My decision to join MIL has been a most rewarding experience. I decided to join MIL because I knew it was a good opportunity for career growth. I wanted to be where my skills would be fully utilized within a good structured company, and MIL is just that.

What are you working on now?

My current project is SOCOM. I am currently wiring and designing racks in various locations, while working on building Material Parts List (MPLs) for shipments that are used for installs. I am constantly traveling to multiple locations world-wide to work on installs and other duties as required.

What is important about your work?

There are many important aspects of my work here at MIL. I would say the most important part about working here is ensuring customer satisfaction. Aiding in the design of elevation drawings, while providing information for upcoming installs is an important aspect of my work.

What are the best aspects of your current job?

The best thing about my current job is getting to see the world and being able to meet many new and interesting people. Being able to help on various projects all around the world really gives me a sense of importance. Being a great listener is also a very important aspect of working for the MIL family. I receive daily guidance and information from fellow employees and the Project Manager that help in different areas of the job.

Why do you enjoy working at MIL?

I enjoy the professionalism that I encounter daily within the company. Everyone that I have worked with at MIL keep a smile on their face and help each other. A huge positive aspect of working at MIL is teamwork. Therefore, I refer to MIL as a family because it feels like a family.

What is the most challenging project you’ve worked on at MIL?

The most challenging part about working in my position is making sure the drawings are correct. Getting together the correct material and making sure it all gets to the correct location can be challenging at times, especially when dealing with numerous job assignments from all over the world.

What is the best piece of career advice you can offer someone in your field who is either applying to or beginning a career at MIL?

The best piece of career advice that I can offer is to make sure you are a team player and are willing to go above and beyond to make the customer happy. Be willing to give ideas and insight into different aspects of your job and other jobs that are requested of you.

If applicable, please share a memorable/significant experience that has occurred during your time with MIL.

I really enjoy the different luncheons/gatherings that MIL hosts for its employees. The Crab Feast and Annual Awards Ceremony are a great time and a lot of fun. All the events are memorable and significant because they show the appreciation MIL has for its employees.