Rodney Balgan

Rodney Balgan

Construction and Engineering Mgr, DAS


AT&T

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Joined Military out of HS to be an RF Transmissions Technician
Completed 8 years of Active Duty and separated to go to College Full-time to be a Nurse
Failed Nursing School at UNLV:) went back to AF Reserves part-time, and worked FT same job in AF
Went back to school while working FT in major near my AF career..Computer Science
after 5 years of FT work and PT school, I graduated and AT&T hired me as a new graduate
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Eldorago HS
Bachelor
Computer Networks and Security
Univ of Maryland University College
Graduate
Construction Management
Univ of Nevada Las Vegas
Associate's Degree
Community College of the Air Force

Career

Construction and Engineering Mgr, DAS

I am the focal point for properties where AT&T Systems are constructed from start to finish

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Design
Working with Others

Day to Day

Depending on the venue and where I am at in the construction process of a DAS design, I would need to find out what tasks I need to complete to finish out the design. I use a variety of internal AT&T databases to make sure I am complying to AT&T standards and protocols, along with local city compliance to finish the telecomm wireless system design. I make sure I use approved hardware and maintain a good working relationship with the landlord and ensure AT&T vendors are working safely.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need great communication skills and the ability to handle pressure from all angles. In my work, I have to make sure the property manager and I are always communicating because I represent AT&T for that particular site. I have to ensure that I meet the timelines set to me by the project manager, while ensuring I keep the landlord up to date with any issues regarding his/her property. No project is ever the same and I learn something with each build I complete. Processes constantly change.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

You will change your minds several times between HS and College and that's normal. Try and follow the job description you want to be in. Sounds simple, but people don't understand that those requirements will take time and NEVER expect shortcuts to anything. The requirements you see for that job is not your ticket in, but it will get you to the door. What gets you hired are your unique experiences. A College degree is very important in establishing your career because its proof of your work

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Networks and Security
graduate
Graduate
Construction Management
certification
Associate's Degree

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"why did you get out of the AF..you had a safe job there and easy retirement"