Bryan Lightfield

Bryan Lightfield

Deputy Chief of Facility Managment


Department of Veterans Affairs

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Worked in the residential construction industry for 6 years.
Joined the Marines to serve my country and see the world.
My love of construction became stronger. After the military, I moved to Arizona.
Researched a lot of schools and found Arizona State had exactly what I was looking for.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelors in engineering.
I worked for a large commercial contractor building medical facilities.
Realizing I was missing something in my life, I left the private sector & returned to help veterans.

Education

High School
Capital High School
Bachelor
Construction Engineering
Arizona State University

Career

Deputy Chief of Facility Managment

I supervise engineering, construction and maintenance at the Boise VA Medical Center.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Armed Services
Building Things

Day to Day

In a service with over 100 employees, every day is unique. This is the exciting part for me. I typically meet with the hospital management to wrap up any loose ends from the previous day. I would then meet with my supervisors to discuss activities occurring in the coming weeks. We cover budgets, construction, design, environmental management, maintenance and repair of a 60 acres, 153 year old historic facility. Planning for the future allows us to calmly react to the emergencies of the day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

School provided me with the basic knowledge and concepts needed for engineering. My service in the Marines is what taught me leadership and extreme ownership. Beyond that, is making affordable mistakes to learn from. My job as a service chief means I spend most of the time direct and coordinating personnel and resources. My years in the construction industry taught me that even the best plans can fail. You need to be able to evaluate and react without making the problem any worse.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Find a college with strong ties to industry leaders in construction. Also ensure they have an internship program with local companies. This is valuable to gain experience and learn from others and any mistakes they have seen.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Construction Engineering

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

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