#whyBTD – Jessica Griswold, shift lead, Lakeville, MN

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Jessica Griswold is currently a shift lead on the 2nd shift, working 3-11 p.m. She started with BTD in January of 2020 while working toward her welding technology diploma at Dakota County Technical College. The opportunity allowed her to continue her studies as a full-time student while earning money and hands-on experience at BTD. 

What do you like best about working an off-shift?

I like the hours because they work better for me. The schedule can be more flexible at times, which helps with kids at home eLearning. I also like the team I work with and the perks of being on an off-shift. I receive a 12% pay increase automatically for 2nd shift pay differential and I accrue three weeks of vacation each year.


I went to college at DCTC for welding because I wanted to make a career out of it. BTD was able to offer me part-time work even though I didn’t have any manufacturing welding experience other than what I was learning in school. They were able to work with me and I have been learning ever since. I have a stable job with stable work hours. BTD treats employees right and it feels like a family here.

Why is BTD a great place to work?

They are flexible when I need it, they care about their employees, they are friendly and also very understanding. I love the people here and I love the team I work with. BTD is the best place I’ve worked at.