Employee Spotlight: Bobby Bourdeau

Q: How long have you been working at Elm?

A: The end of March will mark one year at Elm for me.

Q: What brought you to Elm/how did you get your start here?

A: Working in construction you hear a lot about different contractors, peoples’ experiences with them and there realm of work. Elm was always talked about very highly for their professionalism, safety and job management. So when I heard from a friend that worked at Elm that they were hiring, I didn’t think twice about applying to broaden my electrical knowledge, experience and furthering my career.

Q: Can you tell us a little about your role at Elm?

A: My current role at Elm is foreman on the new West Parish Water Treatment’s new backwash building. Being a first-time, on-site foreman there’s a lot to learn throughout, between learning and understanding how to go about completing different tasks, such as completing JHAs with the people you’re working with and making sure they know the hazards at hand, and what is needed to complete the tasks at hand. Another thing is ordering material and making sure you have the tools onsite that are needed to complete a given task. My overall role is to keep the jobs moving in a forward direction and planning for future tasks and facilitating them with Elm management and general contractors.

Q: What are some of the things you enjoy most about working at Elm?

A: Some of the things I enjoy most about working at Elm is having the resources to be able to complete tasks safety, properly and timely, as well as being able to reach out to fellow employees and management with questions and getting the help and proper tools to complete given tasks.

Q: What has been one of your most rewarding experiences at Elm?

A: One of my most rewarding experiences at Elm was being told I was running a job as onsite foreman. Being a foreman has always been a goal of mine. As an electrician, we are usually one of the first and last contractors on site, being able to see the entire process of what goes into a job and the end result — in itself — is most rewarding to me.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?

A: Outside of work I enjoy spending my time outdoors doing things such as fishing, hunting, camping, working out and spending time with my family and friends.

The outside of the new backwash building at West Parish Water Treatment facility.