Job Title: Senior Project Manager
Company: ArchKey/Sachs Electric
Location: St. Louis
Age: 28; Years on the Job: 7
Interests: Spending time with his wife and daughter, boating, hunting, and fishing
The introduction of LEDs in the consumer market sparked Spencer King’s interest in working in the electrical industry.
“I have always been fascinated by the flow and theory of electricity,” he says.
His dad, who owns a floor-covering business, has been self-employed for nearly 40 years, and he worked with him every chance he could get growing up.
“He showed me the importance of a hard work ethic and gave me a lot of hands-on skills I am proud to have today,” he says.
King, who was grew up in Carlyle, Ill., graduated from Ranken Technical College with an associate’s degree in electrical systems design technology. After graduating, he started his career as an engineering technician in the electrical department with Black & Veatch in Overland Park, Kan. During the two years he worked for the company, he was mainly involved with oil and gas projects.
His training helped him to hit the ground running when he started as an assistant project manager with Sachs Electric. At the time, he was relatively new to utility and substation projects, and it was his first management position.
“I adapted quickly and soon became fond of construction processes and working directly with our customers,” he says.
Recently, he has focused his learning on making safety initiatives. In March, he earned his certificate from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a safety-trained supervisor-construction, and in April, he completed the OSHA 20 Hour, ET&D Leadership training geared toward supervisors in utility construction.
After 11 years in the industry, he was recently promoted to senior project manager. He enjoys facilitating and enabling crews to be safe and successful.
“I really enjoy seeing the project develop from the estimate stage to above-ground completion,” he says. “Seeing the finished product really becomes a proud accomplishment for my team.”