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IEC EMERGING LEADER: Spotlight on Austin Burrow of InPwr, Inc.

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One team member who shares the InPwr, Inc. commitment to providing exceptional service at every step of a project is IEC National Emerging Leader, Austin Burrow.

Austin works as an electrical field engineer and master electrician on the NCTAMS-LANT project for InPwr. Originally from Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Tennessee,  he served six years as a nuclear electrician on board the USS George Washington. “I received my honorable discharge in January of 2019 and started working with InPwr on the Small Arms Firing Range project in Yorktown, Virginia, and the NCTAMS-LANT project,” says Austin. “I continue working on NCTAMS-LANT which is by far my favorite project because of its heavy specification requirements and need for constant attention to detail.”

Motivation to be part of IECRM’s Emerging Leaders program…

“The National IEC EL program attracted me because I want to continue my growth and knowledge in the electrical industry and be able to take on more challenging and elaborate projects,” says Austin. “Ultimately, I hope to someday be a great mentor to the next generation of electrical professionals like my mentors have been to me”.

Benefits of the IEC Emerging Leaders program…

“Working with some of the mentors I have at InPwr has helped to shape what I believe makes a great leader and what I strive to be more like,” he says. “The EL program amplifies what it takes to be a leader even more.”

How IEC has impacted me…

“Outside of the Emerging Leaders program, I’m impacted by just the chance to work with some amazing people and learn as much as I can to improve myself has been invaluable,” he says.

What are your most successful work habits?

“I am a strong believer in constantly learning new things and challenging myself to take on more responsibility,” Austin says. “I try to always be enrolled in courses on electrical theory/design or working towards a new certification/license.” 

Inspiration statement for colleagues, apprentices, fellow ELers…

“Sit down before facts with an open mind. Be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss nature leads or you learn nothing. Don’t push out figures when facts are going in the opposite direction.”― Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on You…

I have reflected on what is truly essential in my life. At first, I found the quarantine to be difficult, but as time has passed I feel that I am less distracted by unimportant things in my day to day life,” Austin says. “I feel more able to focus more on just enjoying time with my wife, reading/studying, and not always trying to find ‘something to do’ on the weekend.”

 

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