Employee Spotlight – Eric Chatfield
Eric Chatfield is Project Director at Nexus PMG. He has more than 20 years of experience in industrial construction, manufacturing operations, maintenance, and plant engineering and the construction industry. He has extensive experience with project management, corporate safety, and process improvement with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry, including skills in petroleum, gas, power plants, project estimation, and electrical. Eric graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I started my career in manufacturing because I did not like the idea of being trapped in an office doing design work for engineering. I started in the gypsum industry working on plants that made drywall and joint compound. I did capital project management, and department manager roles for production, quality, and maintenance. I transitioned into a project management role at an EPC contractor and have spent 15+ years in various heavy industrial, energy, and renewable projects.
What’s the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
I always sought out the “old timers” at a plant or on a project. They have a lot to teach and usually want to share. I have found this to be a great thing at almost every place I have been.
What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?
I like that the job and projects change somewhat regularly. It is why I liked construction. I think that had I stayed in manufacturing working at one place for years doing the same thing I would have gone crazy.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I think that carpentry or woodworking would be a great skill.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I play golf, but not very well. You would think that since I have played off and on since I was ten, I would be better by now.
What places have you lived in?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and went to college in Indiana. I moved to Dallas after school because I was tired of the cold and snow. I moved to Abilene, TX and have lived in Florida and Palm Springs, CA. I currently live in Abilene.