Q&A with PMG Machine Operator Larry P.
How long have you been working in manufacturing?
I retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years in 2014. After retiring, I went into manufacturing because of the first job I fell into after the service. I decided to stick with it because I’m more of a hands-on kind of guy and the pay is good compared to other things I could do.
Have you had any formal training?
Yes, I used my GI bill after the military and went to Faulkner State in Alabama for machining. I chose that over welding because welding just seems too hot.
Before working at PMG, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I got to see a lot of places in the military – Hawaii, Australia, Korea, Guam, Japan, Thailand, and Jamaica. But the military is the military. The work isn’t that different at any duty station, just the locations. I really liked Okinawa though.
What do you like most about working for PMG?
I like that PMG is straight-forward, especially my coordinator and project manager. They tell me how it is and I like that. You also get to meet a lot of different people, from different places and different backgrounds. A lot of those people I now call friends…. And PMG keeps me working – I like that too!
What is one thing you miss or wish you could have with you while on the road with PMG?
Not much really. I joined the military when I was 17. I’m used to being on the road. I don’t get to see my kids as much as I’d like, but I can’t complain about much otherwise. I take advantage of the time I get with them when I get it. I’m on the road to do the work and to make life better for them at home.
What are some career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
My concept, even when I was in the Marines, is treat everybody like you want to be treated and they’ll normally do the same for you.
When you’re not working, what sort of hobbies do you like to do in your free time?
I don’t do much besides work, but I am a big sports fan. I try to watch and/or attend as many sporting events as I can. Basketball is my favorite sport. I’m a Lakers fan now because I’m a big Lebron fan. I go where Bron goes.
What is something fun you’re looking forward to in 2020?
I’m getting married in June and I’m looking forward to that. I actually met her on a PMG assignment!