#whyBTD – Clay Schenck, program manager, Detroit Lakes, MN

From the battlefield to the welding booth

This former military member had his sights set on TIG welding on the open road. But after learning about BTD, he realized his career path was leading him in a new direction. Here’s what Clay Schenck, program manager at our Detroit Lakes facility likes most about working at BTD. 

Feeling at home

After getting out of the military and attending welding school, I pretty much had my mind set on TIG welding on the road. That was until I interviewed at BTD. From the minute I set foot through the door and started the interview process I felt welcomed immediately and knew that this is the place for me. 

Professional growth and advancement

At BTD you are not just a number, you have real interactions and relationships with leadership that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Ideas and opinions are valued, and you feel like you are part of the team. BTD not only wants to help you develop your skills in your current role, but helps you look forward to what’s in the career path ahead of you and helps you get there. 

I have been fortunate to have the leaders at BTD believe in me and the value I can add to the organization.  After starting as a welder in the Heavy Weld Department, I moved on to a Shift Lead position in Light Weld, and then most recently was promoted to Program Manager over New Product Launch for the Washington facility. I continue to look forward to my future endeavors with BTD! 

A supportive team

During my time here, my wife and I have welcomed our first child into this world and more recently lost a pregnancy. In both situations, my co-workers came around us as if we were family, not just people that you work with. This goes to show the character and caliber of people you can work with here at BTD. BTD is home for me!

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