Our employee spotlight shines a light on one employee at a time. We value diversity and inclusion and welcome diverse thinking. It takes a village — through collaboration, living safely and driving innovation we realize our goals and help our clients achieve mission success. Our mantra is people first, mission always. In September and October, we’ll focus on Hispanic Heritage Month. Today’s Q&A is with Martin J. Ramirez, Maintenance Technician, PCAPP.
How did you come to join Amentum?
I worked in several different industries and wanted a challenge. When I was given the opportunity to come to Amentum, I was excited and wanted to make a difference while creating a better place for everyone.
What is your professional and personal background?
In 1974, I started working maintenance at CF & I Steel Mill and attained the title of millwright. I have worked in several mechanical positions allowing me to fill my present position here at Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP), where chemical weapons are disassembled and the agent destroyed.
Describe the work you do and how you think it makes a positive impact.
I perform maintenance activities on plant equipment, helping to keep the equipment operational. I enjoy working with everyone at PCAPP and do my best to bring a smile to their faces. I am always willing to lend a hand or help where I can and I’m never too busy to give comfort to those around me. I like to laugh and I feel it has a positive effect on those I work with.
What are some of your accomplishments and/or what has been your proudest career moment?
I have received several awards from the company for the dedication and support I give every day. I recently received an Excellence Award for going above and beyond. I’m proud of this award but feel I was just doing my job. I have been here at PCAPP for nearly nine years and have made almost one hundred Demilitarization Protective Ensemble (DPE) entries. I am proud that I could perform DPE entries and offer the highest levels of safety to aid in the toxic areas of the plant. I am also proud to be part of the Explosive Containment Rooms (ECR) Leaker Recovery Team, using extensive knowledge of the machines, systems and components in the rooms to make sure potential leaked contaminants remain within the rooms.
What do you enjoy about working for Amentum?
The maintenance department I work in works as a team and we support each other. We work hard but we also find time to share a few laughs.
What are you passionate about?
My work ethic and willingness to help others while performing my job.
What’s your career advice?
Always stay focused and move forward.
What does safety mean to you or do you have a favorite safety tip?
By staying safe, I can return home the same way I come to work. I stay safe so I can go home and spend time with my dog.
What’s the best invention in the world and why?
The computer and the fast technology gain it has created — so much information for learning.
Anything else you would like to share from a personal or professional perspective?
Sometimes, by slowing down to complete tasks, you will finish the task at hand sooner and safer.
What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
To work with different cultures from around the country and show them the Hispanic Heritage from the southwest region of the country.