Dan Thompson, Stationary Engineer - 2
Interviewer: How long have you worked on the Nashville District Energy System?
Dan: I have worked for the Nashville DES for 20 years. I worked at Nashville Thermal Transfer Corporation for five years as an operator. I was fortunate enough to make the transition to the new plant when the old one was shut down and have been here for almost 15 years.
Interviewer: What did you do before coming to work for the DES? What experience did you have prior to taking you current position?
Dan: I was in the Navy for 10 years as a boiler operator. I served on three different destroyers and one ammo ship. I worked in maintenance when I was on shore duty.
Interviewer: What is a stationary engineer? What are your duties on a typical day?
Dan: A stationary engineer – 2 (SE-2) is anything but stationary. I suppose the title comes from being stationed at one job location. The SE-2 is the plant operator who makes rounds every two hours to check the status and condition of equipment and take meter readings. He starts boilers, performs water tests, and cleans and paints his assigned area.
Interviewer: What is the most rewarding part of your job at DES? What is the most challenging part of your job?
Dan: I like my job and my rotating shift schedule. I guess the most rewarding part of my job is when I get to train someone. The most challenging part is learning something new.
Interviewer: Do you have any advice for individuals who are starting out in this career?
Dan: Study, pay attention and be motivated.
Interviewer: What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
Dan: I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife and I have a new 6-month-old baby boy. Our other children are 29, 25 and 16. We also have eight grandchildren. That keeps me pretty busy.
I make time to do charity work, primarily for the American Legion, and I enjoy riding my motorcycle.