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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terrence Young, Construction Materials Testing Project Manager in Beaumont, Texas

We recently visited Terrence Young out on a project site and asked him about his background with Braun Intertec, why he joined the company, our culture of safety and what he’s looking for when he’s filling CMT technician roles in the Beaumont, Texas office.

Can you tell us about how long you’ve been with Braun Intertec and what attracted you to the company?
I started two years ago in January. I have about twenty years of experience in construction materials testing (CMT) and started out as a senior CMT technician when I joined the Braun Intertec team.

One of the reasons I joined Braun Intertec was because they offered me the opportunity to grow and further my career in construction materials testing. There are also opportunities to get into nondestructive examination (NDE) or other types of testing because Braun Intertec offers so many different services in Texas. The field is wide open as far as where you want to go. I was looking to expand my career because my previous roles didn’t offer the same kind of growth opportunities.

Another thing that drew me to the company was the leadership at the Beaumont Braun Intertec office. I had worked with this group before, so I knew the team had good people who cared about their employees. Just by the company’s local leadership choices alone, it was clear that Braun Intertec prioritized getting some of the best in the field.

Was employee ownership/our ESOP a part of your decision to join, too?
I thought it was impressive that Braun Intertec is an ESOP company. I’ve never worked with a company where you are not only an employee but also an employee owner—I really like that sense of ownership. It makes it feel like this is my company, and that you’re building something meaningful. I want to be able to see how far we can grow and advance as a company.

Braun Intertec is relatively new to the Beaumont, Texas area—we have only been here for about two or three years and with all of the expansion going on down here, the possibilities are limitless for us.

What do you like best about being a project manager at Braun Intertec?
What I like best is the simple fact that I can pass on my years of knowledge and experience. I want to be able to help someone get to where I’m at right now in my career, where they feel the same level of ownership that I feel. Nine times out of 10 you can read a book and pass the test — but to have gained the right experience along with that? That will take you so much further in your career.

The most important thing I like about being a CMT project manager is our goal to become the consultant of choice for our clients. I want them to choose us over anyone else in the industry because I know the quality service we provide. Someone told me a long time ago, when it comes to client service you do whatever the client needs you to do. We want our clients to know they’re important. We go that extra mile and show them we’re here to do the job the right way.

What traits do you look for when you’re hiring CMT technicians?
I look for field technicians who are responsible—not only responsible but someone who is a go-getter and wants to go to the next level.

One of the most important things I learned a long time ago was, you can be a big fish in a small pond and never grow or you can be a small fish in a big pond and be able to grow even more. In this industry, I still feel like a small fish and I want to be able to grow and expand. That’s the same thing I’m looking for in an entry-level technician. I want them to understand you can grow as much as you want but that’s an aspiration they have bring with them, that desire, that goal, that drive to promote themselves and the Braun Intertec brand.

What are your favorite kind of projects to work on and why?
I like industrial projects. The thing with these projects is there is always so much more to learn and there’s always so much going on. I also really enjoy the kind of client interaction you get on industrial projects because it’s people who build companies and it’s people you need on different industrial projects. If you’re not able to build a relationship with people on your current project, you won’t be able to get the next project or expand past what you’re doing. You’ve got to be like the green tree, forever learning. The brown tree is already on his way out, but the green tree is forever learning and forever growing.

How does safety factor into your day-to-day work on industrial projects?
With Braun Intertec, safety is not only just a concept, it’s a culture. It’s a culture you need to be able to adapt to and it’s not just about keeping our TRIR number down. I’m concerned about that person who might be getting hurt. What can we do to make sure they’re doing things safely so they won’t get hurt in the future. People have family, friends and loved ones. If they get hurt, it will affect their family and the larger community. Safety is everything!

Safety in the past couple of years has gotten more intense but the intensity is to make sure nobody gets hurt. That is always our number one goal. Even if our colleagues in the field from other companies aren’t following strict safety guidelines on a project, as Braun Intertec employees, we always show up in full personal protective equipment (PPE), use every tool at our disposal and follow the guidelines we set as a company every time.