Bill States to Retire in September

StatesWood Harbinger’s Industrial Systems Market Leader, Bill States, will retire on September 11, 2015 after 40 years of service in the engineering industry. See the announcement in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and read the full press release below.

Bill’s career in mechanical engineering began when he was hired by Fluor Corporation as a piping designer in his junior year of college. “I was immediately put in their eight-week training course where we had a test every day. If you failed three tests over the eight weeks, or your average dropped below 80-percent, you were fired. I passed and the rest is history,” he said. Bill joined Wood Harbinger in 2003 as a Principal. In his 12 years with the firm, he has worked on dozens of projects in the aviation, higher education, healthcare, municipal, and military market sectors. He is currently a Corporate Vice President and the firm’s Industrial Systems Market Leader.

In his long career, Bill’s experience has included projects for aviation and aircraft manufacturing facilities, petroleum industry facilities, chemical process plants, and power/central utility plants for medical and university campuses. His expertise in industrial systems such as boilers, chillers, and distribution systems helped develop Wood Harbinger’s Industrial Systems engineering capability.

Bill said his favorite part of being an engineer has been “the daily challenges and building trust in clients.” There have been sacrifices, however. “Your job never stops when you leave the office. My wife has been very understanding about that. But it doesn’t leave me enough motorcycle riding time.” In addition to more motorcycle riding, Bill said he is looking forward to doing wood working, hunting in Northern Idaho, and taking occasional trips to Jamaica.

Wood Harbinger thanks Bill for his many years of service and contributions to the firm and wishes him all the best in his retirement adventure.

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