DECEMBER 10, 2019

Five Things About...
Tom Skibinski

Superintendent, Rowan Electric

Years of Experience: 10 years

Hometown: McKeepsport, PA

What do you enjoy most about your profession?
The results. Nothing I enjoy more than driving around knowing that I have been extremely fortunate to build so much in San Diego.


What project or job are you most proud of? Why?

Sea World San Diego, Manta Roller Coaster

When I started that project, I never ran anything of its size or as complex as that. In fact, I had never built a roller coaster before. I knew I had to fall back on simplicity, focus on what you know — "Electrical" and "Building Buildings" — and learn the rest. I did just that. Though a lot, and I mean a lot of long hours and hard work, we opened on time and it was a success.

What I learned overall and why this project will always stick out, is in two things. I knew from this point going forward, that the amount of planning that needed to go into a job (project), was incredible, and I knew with that planning that to be successful, I must make myself the smartest person on the next project, knowing what the other trades were doing and where they were going, and the likes. The greatest thing I learned was on the day of the ride opening, after all the hard work and long hours, I was able to bring laughter and joy to people, simply by being good at being an electrician.


What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you?

I like Yoga — just let that sink in.

If you could only take one tool to a job site with you, what would it be?

My linemans Pliers — They can be used as a hammer, wire cutters, and with the skilled, even wire strippers.

Who is your mentor and what is the most valuable thing you have learned from them?

I have been fortunate to have several influences in my life, both personally and professionally, and for that, I am truly blessed. I have to say, overall my Dad, not just because he's my dad (and every boy's idol should be his dad). As rough and estranged as our relationship has been, I watched my dad's ethic of hard work, being on time (early), and learning everything you can about your professional to be the point of mastering it has afforded his success.

He was a great provider, and beyond his hard work ethic, I also wanted to honor him by taking the hard work aspect to another level and move myself into positions where  I could be infectious, offer my mind and not just my back. I watched him break his back daily and in his honor, I  knew I could take that work ethic to another level and show him his work wasn't in vain. 

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