A Day in the Life – Scott
What is your title? Describe what you do.
Integration & Network Engineer
I provide a broad range of support to the Marine Corps Spectrum Integration Laboratory, including researching and troubleshooting new technologies. I spend extended periods traveling to assist with deployment and support of United States Marine Corps (USMC) field exercises, designing and troubleshooting tactical data networks, and deploying electromagnetic warfare systems to various USMC aviation platforms.
What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here? How was the switch for you?
Upon completion of my service in the Marine Corps, I desired to continue to serve in the same community. An opportunity arose to join the CSCI Marine Corps training team, a continuation of my uniformed role as a Marine instructor. Fellow Marines had joined CSCI, and their endorsement of the organization was compelling.
Working with the other Marines provided a seamless transition as I had worked with most of them in uniform.
What makes CSCI different than your previous workplaces?
In the Marine Corps, just as you reach peak technical proficiency, you are moved into a managerial role. In CSCI, the chance to continue to play a technical role is its own reward.
What do you like best about working at CSCI?
CSCI fosters my professional growth within the realms of technology that I find enjoyment, valuing my current skills as well as the potential for my skills in the future. The continued opportunity to work with Marines provides for an environment where I wake up every day looking forward to the mission.
What is an example of a success story you have had at CSCI? How did you achieve success on that project or endeavor?
With a recent turnover in personnel on my customer’s project, I quickly had to become not only a subject matter expert, but also provide training to others as they began to backfill. Quickly going from one amongst many to a single individual leading training exercises was a success that I was able to achieve by focusing on enabling the growth of others in the same way that my leaders and mentors within CSCI have done for me.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications you should possess?
Digging deeper and at the same time, growing laterally, and broadening scope is a difficult but critical mindset. Proficiency (or the desire to become proficient) in Windows, Linux, and networking are a must.
What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?
90s alternative or country
What has helped you stay focused during this pandemic remote work situation? How have you adapted professionally?
Staying committed to enabling the success of Marines.
When things get closer to normal, what is the first thing you want to do that you cannot do right now?
Nothing – Travel for the customer continues to be consistent. Living in Arizona has been pretty free.
How will this unprecedented time change your perspective?
It hasn’t – there are always obstacles in life and for so many, life has to continue; COVID, increased OPTEMPO, family situations, etc. The antagonist in the story changes, but in the end, perseverance is the only winner.