Kay Dye recognized for 40 years of service at DGR Engineering
Kay Dye was recognized on Tuesday, July 11 for 40 years of service at DGR Engineering. Kay started her career in March of 1977 as a Vari-typist in the Business Support Department at DeWild Grant Reckert & Associates Co., then located at 315 First Avenue in Rock Rapids.
Kay witnessed many changes over the years, including the transition from Varityper machine to the Selectric II typewriter, mag card typewriter and finally to computers, as well as the advancement from hand drafting to the CAD (Computer Aided Design) system.
Her favorite tasks include transcription and working on project specifications. She also worked in the DGR offices located above the current Frontier Bank when they moved their Water Resources and Environmental Departments to that location for a few years. She now works in the current DGR Engineering office at 1302 S. Union, Rock Rapids.
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Hometown: Bemidji, MN
Majors: Civil Engineering Technology and Land Surveying Technology Job
Title/Employer: Survey Technician, DGR Engineering
ST: What did you do before attending Southeast Tech?
DH: “I worked for a few years before attending college in Iowa and received my AAS in Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance. I then worked for a construction company checking grade, and managing a scraper crew before I decided I was more interested in the GPS applications. I then got a job with an engineering company and came to Southeast Tech.”
ST: Since you were already employed and had a degree, why did you choose to go back to school?
DH: “I chose Southeast Tech after hearing great reviews on the land surveying program and talking to a few past graduates. It just gives me a little more advantage in the future over my competitors. Both of these degrees will greatly help with the success of my career, allowing me to take my Fundamentals of Surveying exam, and then eventually become licensed.”
ST: What is the best part of what you do?
DH: “My favorite aspect of being a Survey Technician is that I get to be outside all the time, and always having changing projects. I also really enjoy construction staking, as it allows me to be part of road projects, which also relates to my heavy equipment degree. I do feel like I have learned a lot, and that I have benefitted from attending Southeast. I know that the Civil3D CAD operations I’ve been able to take into the office with me allowed more work for me over the winter.”