Robert Haines, Engineering Supervisor
First-Line Supervisor for Military Engineers, Robins Air Force Base
"My people put out good work and are consistently being recognized for their engineering achievements. But, how can I help them turn their engineering information into useful information for the war fighter?"
Robert has been with the Air Force for 15 years and all of those years have been in the same group in the same office at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Robert started as a junior engineer and worked on C-130 structural issues. Five years ago, Robert was rewarded for his hard work with a promotion and supervisory responsibility for six young military engineers.
As part of Robert's recent mentorship endeavors, he is attempting to broaden his engineers' learning, opportunities, and experiences. Part of that involves making them better communicators. He's gotten them opportunities to brief at high-level meetings; but somehow he feels like they're still missing a key aspect to communicating. Robert is looking for information on becoming (and teaching others to become) a better communicator.
Robert enjoys mentoring the active duty military engineers that rotate through his office every 2 to 3 years. Most of them are young and still very excited about what they're doing; however, they often come to him woefully green behind the ears.
Scenario of Use: Robert Haines
Some of Robert's engineers have a habit of saying "I can do that...so why do we need a separate profession to do it?" Why pay a Technical Communicator and an engineer when we can just hire a top-notch engineer who can do both? We would pay the good engineer more than either of the other two, but would still save money in the long run by not having to pay two people."
Robert is not sure how to support or refute those sentiments, so he begins searching the TCKP to find the answer. From his experience with his mentees, he knows the challenge is finding engineers who are good communicators. He wants to know if he can find good communicators who understand engineering.