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Employee Spotlight

Gregory Grissette, Maintenance Mechanic

Gregory Grissette

Gregory Grissette works as an SE2 Operator with Constellation Energy. Gregory was going to be an architectural engineer when hewas presented with the opportunity to work at the old thermal plants. He had worked as an SE2 Operator for 26 years before coming to Constellation.

Q : What does a day in your job look like?

A: Every day has its challenges. Everything normally stays on course to maintain the normal; but problems arise from time to time, which keeps me on my toes. I’m always aware of what’s going on, and so far, we’ve always been able to get back on track.

Q: What do you look forward to most when heading to work in the morning?

A: When I get to work, we set the pace for the day. We get everything lined up, and we know what the day is going to be like based on the weather conditions. After we set up, we follow through with it throughout the day.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job at DES?

A: Everybody likes to be appreciated for what they do, so when, for instance, someone recognizes what I do every day, it’s rewarding. People have shown appreciation for my talents, abilities and skills by thanking me, and that makes my job meaningful. The company makes us feel appreciated too, through our annual holiday dinners that create a family environment and remind us that we’re appreciated.

Q: How would you describe DES’ importance to the city of Nashville?

A: I think we’re vitally important to Nashville. The services we provide are very suitable to where we’re positioned in the city. Economically it’s good for Nashville, and with how few problems that come up, people don’t question the amenities people have in their buildings.

Q: What is your most memorable moment at Metro DES?

A: Actually, getting accepted to work here. I could have gone to Metro and ended up anywhere doing anything, like being a chipper on a chipper truck; but I was accepted to come to Metro DES, and that was really memorable.

Q: What has been your most challenging task while working as an SE2 operator at DES?

A: This is a good group of people I work with, but people have bad days. Sometimes dealing with other peoples’ bad days is difficult, and I try to offer support and stability for the people around me.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of your job at DES?

A: Outside of work, I do community outreach with my church, feeding the homeless and visiting hospitals, juvenile and adult justice centers, and nursing homes. We’ve set up awareness programs to encourage people to value themselves. People are valuable. This is where we need to help build people up in a lot of areas. I attend the New Covenant Fellowship Church of God in Christ.