Fred Wilson, PE

Manager of Design Services

FABCON employee for 17 years

Fred Wilson never would have guessed when he graduated college and started working at FABCON that he’d be here 17 years later.

“The people that I work with have kept me coming back,” says Wilson. “I see and work with a lot of different people here every day and we all try our best for each other. It’s like an extended family.”

Wilson says he likes the access he has to leadership or anyone at the company. Ideas and input are welcome at all levels.

We asked Wilson a few questions about his job and what he likes about FABCON. Here’s what he told us:

My daily duties:“I oversee the design engineers in Minnesota and Ohio. My day involves working with the sales and estimating departments when the drawings come in from the customer. I help my team solve any potential issues and manage the workload for the engineers. I also review designs before we send them to customer so I provide a final quality check.”

Best part of working at FABCON:

“I like the variety and number of projects we work on. We do 400-500 projects per year. I might see an ice arena, a church, a warehouse, a retailer – and that variety is fun. Every project is different and there’s always a challenge.”

What I appreciate most about FABCON:

“You’re given room to grow. Most of upper management has worked their way up. There are people here who started as drafters or engineers and now manage entire teams or departments. Everyone is encouraged to grow.”

Why I would encourage others to work at FABCON

“It’s a place you can build a career. There are people who have been here 40 years because there is opportunity for advancement. We’re treated well and that keeps people here, too. We’re kept informed about any changes within the company and I appreciate knowing what’s going on.”

Wilson says it takes a certain breed of individual to work at FABCON.

“Working here keeps me on my toes but I’d rather be busy than not,” says Wilson. “Some people don’t like the fast pace but many people really thrive in this environment.”

When he’s not working, Wilson stays busy getting his two kids to soccer, Tae Kwon Do, piano and other activities.

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