Principal Spotlight – Marcy Trujillo, PE, CBCP
Marcy is a Principal with over 25 years of electrical engineering experience with an emphasis on industrial power systems design, industrial control systems, and power generation.
“Engineering makes math, physics, and chemistry come to life and become more than just equations on a paper. Engineering transforms those equations into physical projects you can see and feel and appreciate,” he said. The most unique project he ever worked on was the Twin Buttes Dam, the longest dam in North America. “We replaced and upgraded the hydraulic controls on the three story high dam gates. I was able to review, in detail, the original hand drawn plans and specs from the late 1950s. It was amazing how detailed and artful they were in the days before Computer Aided Drafting.”
He oversees electrical and controls systems engineering for PSC’s Civil Division projects including water and wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations, oil and gas facilities, and roadway illumination designs. He learned power distribution while working for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha and honed his skills in industrial control systems at El Paso Natural Gas Co.
His work also includes Utility Relocation Coordination for transportation projects and a wide range of generator projects, from small 25KW standby diesel generators to large 690 MW gas turbine powered co-generation power plants. Since 2004, Marcy has been the Project Manager for the City of El Paso Electrical On-Call Services contract. He is also a Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) and oversees PSC’s building commissioning services out of the El Paso office.
“It’s been rewarding; it’s never been boring.”
What does Building Community mean to you? Whenever I hear the term Building Community, I find myself thinking of George Bailey from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. I know, he’s a fictional character from a corny old movie, but there is something about him that resonates with what I feel Building Community is about. Sometimes we forget that George Bailey ran a successful and profitable company, the Bailey Brothers’ Building and Loan. George ran that company in a way that put his community first, always seeking fairness, not advantage, in his business dealings. Throughout his life he used his knowledge, his skills, and his company to help build Bedford Falls into a wonderful community. Businessmen, city leaders, neighbors, the whole town gravitated towards him and looked to him as their trusted advisor. Through good times and bad, they knew they could count on George, and the Bailey Brothers’ Building and Loan. Sometimes, when I have a challenging decision to make, I’ll ask myself, “What would George Bailey do?” and if that doesn’t help, I’ll ask myself, “What would Old Man Potter do?” Those two questions usually help me put things in perspective, and guide me towards making choices that Build Community.
Before PSC, what was the most unusual/interesting job you’ve ever had? When I was fourteen I got a summer job painting a convent and a small elementary school run by some nuns. When I showed my parents my first paycheck, they made me give it back, and work the rest of the summer for free pro-bono. (Apparently it’s a sin to take money from nuns.) As it turned out, I really enjoyed working for them. They fed me good, taught me a little bit of Latin, and changed my whole outlook towards nuns. Prior to this “job”, I was deathly afraid of nuns. But after getting to know them, I realized that they are just normal, intelligent, fun loving people. FYI, German nuns love a cold brew just as much as the next guy.
Why did you become an Engineer? The short version is….my parents made me. But as it turned out, I liked being an engineer. To their credit they never said, “We told you so”.
Why did you choose PSC? I worked 11 years in the oil and gas business, and then one day BAAM, my job was moved to Colorado Springs. I wasn’t ready to leave El Paso. I love it here. On that very same day my wife dragged me to a birthday party for the two year old son of one of her friends. It was at a local Chuck E Cheeses. As I was sitting there picking olives out of my cold pizza, and watching the Chuck E Animatronic Band perform for the 8th time, the birthday boy’s father came over to me and asked “What’s wrong Marcy, you look a little down?” I explained to him what had happened that morning. He said “Well, why don’t you come by my office and drop off a resume. I think we might be looking for an electrical engineer.” Within a couple of weeks I had a job offer from PSC. I didn’t know anything about PSC at the time, and I didn’t know anything about the consulting business. PSC didn’t do a whole lot of oil and gas work, and I had never done any water and wastewater work. But I did know the birthday boy’s father, Mark Sanchez, and I trusted him. In a way, joining PSC was a big gamble for me. That’s why I never play the lottery. I figure you can’t hit the jackpot twice.
Tell us 3 things most people don’t know about you. 1.) How far I jog each morning; 2.) How many times I took the PE exam; and 3.) My middle name.
What is your favorite project? I guess it would be the SPUR 601 project. It was PSC’s first significant involvement in a TxDOT Design-Build project. At first I was a little worried about “holding our own” with some of the national firms that were on the design team. Not only did we hold our own, we out-did the other firms in quality and production. After dealing with these national firms up close and personal, I have no hesitation about competing with them on other projects.