Unlike many employees at The Blythe Company,
Jacob Stowe was not originally working in the natural gas industry before his
role at this company.
In fact, he’s still learning and training for
valve repairs, but he sure has learned a lot. And that’s a good thing,
considering it’s one of the things he loves about his job.
“I’m completely new to the gas industry
altogether so every bit of this is new to me so it’s very cool to get together
and see things like the water bath heater installs,” Stowe explained. “And
meeting new people when you go to valve repairs and seeing all the different
problems and things they can run into and help them better prevent any further
issues that they may have.”
Although he’s new with the natural gas
industry, his past experience lent itself well for the transition into the
field engineer role with The Blythe Company.
Before he started with the company in June
2018, Stowe was a design engineer for a company that manufactured heavy-duty
equipment for small contractors, such as rollers, pavers, and graters. And
before that, he was a hands-on mechanic at a car dealership. His experience in
face-to-face interaction with customers as a mechanic coupled with his design
engineering history has translated well into his new role, where he can
exercise both skills.
“I enjoy just getting to be able to help these
people and all the different techs that are having issues and teaching them and
helping them understand their product,” he said.
A typical day for Jacob Stowe is much like
anyone’s at The Blythe Company: unpredictable. Among customer calls for
services and on-the-job training, he helps coordinate calendars and performs
in-house training for companies to better understand their own products.
He described an example of a task: “A natural
gas company is going to be burying some valves and we need them all piped up
and accessible to maintenance from above-ground so we do that kind of stuff as
well as the stem extensions.”
But at the end of the day, why does anyone
take on a job or stay in a position? For the culture.
“When I got to the Blythe Company it just has a real good family feel. The company was started by Mr. Blythe himself and you know the Blythes are still there,” Stowe said. “It has a real good family feel to it and it’s hard to find in this world.”