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Walt Logan

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Growing up as the son of a mechanic, his family had a wrecking yard, which is where he was introduced to circle car and drag racing.
Right out of high school, he tried to get a commission as a pilot during Vietnam, but was denied due to a heart arrhythmia.
He figured if they wouldn’t let him fly, then he would learn how to work on aircrafts instead.
Saw mechanics as something “the average guy could get into”; he didn’t need to have a lot of money or certifications, all he had to do was gain the skills that would make him valuable.
Even though his decision to pursue mechanics received a lot of negativity from people around him, his parents were always supportive of his dreams.
He worked as an aircraft mechanic for over 40 years, before deciding to pursue his interest in heavy machinery—he now manages Dig This Las Vegas.
Believes that an interest in the mechanical field is something you don’t outgrow—once you gain the basic skills, you can branch out into whatever specialty you want at any time in your life.
Doesn’t have any regrets in his life, but wishes he had taken better care of himself when he was younger and avoided injuries that have now made movement in his hands difficult.

Career

Operations Manager

I instruct people on how to operate heavy equipment and gain a working knowledge of the equipment.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Technology
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I do a lot of customer service tasks and doing everything possible to deliver the maximum our customers expect.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Depending on what area of this industry you are interested in, do research on the different educational options available (i.e. trade school, technical school, 4-year university, practical training, apprenticeship, etc.) and pick the one that works best for you.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Why do you want to work outside in the dirt? This is the wrong path for you. "

Challenges I Overcame

Physical Issues

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