Engineers Week 2022: Meet Tom Messana


Since 1951, Engineers Week has inspired the next generation of STEM leaders by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Parametrix has a vested interest in ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This week, the engineers of Parametrix share what inspires them, what they enjoy about engineering, favorite projects, advice, and how they are “reimagining the possible”.

Tom is a Senior Consultant with Parametrix’s Puget Sound Water team, based in Puyallup, WA. He joined Parametrix in June 2021 and has over 40 years of experience.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

Starting my career in Detroit, working on the board (before CAD… you know pencils and triangles 😊) doing drafting for assembly line equipment, I was surrounded by brilliant people. Wanting to be more like them pushed me in that direction.

What do you enjoy most about being an engineer?

Seeing ideas become concepts, concepts become reality and reality…well that promotes pride and confidence.

Tell us about a project you have worked on and how it inspired you.

The first transfer assembly line, I was part of a team that designed and physically built (yes engineers turned tools). It was 24 stations and spit out a completed V8 engine head every 95 seconds. 

This year’s theme is “Reimagining the Possible.” How are you reimagining the possible in your career?

After 40+ years of doing this, anything is possible. Never say never. Remember what Michelangelo said: “Only people that can see the invisible can do the impossible”

What advice do you have for the next generation of engineers?

Listen, to your coworkers, to your mentors, to senior people, and most of all to your clients. You have two ears and one mouth… use them in that proportion.

Anything else you would like to add?

Make others better, it will make you better. What you say today you may have to eat tomorrow so make sure your words are tasteful and sweet.

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