by chuck walker
Mobile, Ala. Making things better, or making a place better than it already is, is a goal many people strive for.
If one is successful in achieving this aspiration, it can often lead to a successful and fulfilling career.
One man who is striving to make a job difference and help encourage youth to pursue careers at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District is Troy Aprium.
Aprium, a civil/hydraulic engineer with the water management team, says the most important part of his job is his interactions with others.
“The people are the best part of my job,” said Aprium. “The people I get to work with internally and externally make my job a pleasure. Our team has created a work environment that is more of a family setting than a coworking setting. It creates a good environment to work in and makes working easier.”
The Water Management Section is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 27 projects. It also accounts for the water released daily to serve seven legally authorized purposes.
The responsibility of the team is to work 24/7. Similar to on-site operators in projects, the team must be prepared to respond to emergency situations such as a flood event, mechanical breakdown, search and rescue efforts or other related extreme events.
It is their job to ensure the public health and safety of the municipalities and industries affected by their operations.
In this light, it’s easy to see why Aprium finds his work satisfying and rewarding.
“Coming to work every day, I know that what I do makes a difference,” said Aprium. “Water management requires 24/7 monitoring of river basins, which means you ultimately take personal ownership of the decisions made within the basin, making those connections with those who live within the basin.” Knowing the decisions taken from our office directly affect the stakeholders living on the reservoirs and rivers makes it easier to come to work and get my job done.
James Hathorne, Head of the Department of Water Management, said Aprium’s skills made him an ideal leader not only for his team, but for the district as well.
“Troy has a unique blend of intelligence, humility, compassion, confidence and humor,” Hathorne said. “He is an integral member of our water management team and has quickly elevated himself as a senior engineer and leader. Using his thoughtful communication skills to drive extensive knowledge transfer with our young team members and management There is no doubt that his faith and family come first in his life, but you will be challenged to find a more dedicated employee. Simply put, Troy is a role model that others naturally gravitate towards. and their presence improves our district office.”
Aprium, who began her career with the district as a summer hire in 2014, is dedicated to giving back, community engagement and recruiting for the district.
“Giving back is an undeniable passion of mine,” said Aprium. “Encouraging young minds to grow and expand their knowledge. It is important to remind them not to limit their goals and aspirations. These young minds are today’s decision makers. Recruiting Young Talent in Mobile District It is imperative for the organization to grow, so as historical knowledge spills over, they are very capable of backfilling to continue the trends set by their predecessors.
As far as going forward, Aprium said it intends to complete its professional engineer’s license. He would also like to be a subject matter expert for works related to water management.
His advice for those considering a USACE career is nothing short of an exciting, fulfilling career and a great place to work.
“Take your chance,” said Aprium. “If you have the chance to work for USACE, you will not regret it. You work on projects that have a direct impact not only locally but globally. Opportunities are abundant within the Corps And if you so desire, there is a job in the Corps for everyone, regardless of discipline. If you are bored working for the Corps, you have not yet come to the right place for your placement.”