Commercial Controls Programmer
Written by CW Suter
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Steve Watterson: Fun Facts
Hometown: I grew up in Sioux City, IA
What’s home like now?
My wife, Julie, and I live in Jefferson, SD with our dogs, Norton, Lenny, and Radar.
What do you do in your spare time?
Hang out in my shop and work on old cars.
Do you have a personal hero?
I suppose it’d be my Dad. Despite, or maybe even because of, our differences, he’s made me the person I am today.
Do you have a Favorite Movie?
What kind of music do you like?
Anything from the late 60’s or 70’s
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Explain your role at CW Suter Services:
I started with Suter as a Controlls Installer 11 years ago. For the last 9+, I’ve been a Controlls Programmer: I handle initial programming for Temperature (and Building Automation) Controls for new systems; for existing systems, I perform updates and handle interfacing mulitple manufacturers with our brand controllers. For both new and old jobs, I train building owners and managers (and maintenance staff) on using their control systems, helping them to set up automated tasks and monitoring. Occasionally, I also work on our in-house control systems.
So, you’re a BACnet guru?
I think I’d say “ninja” is more accurate. ?
Ah, well, as a ninja programmer, what would you say the most challenging part of your job is?
We have some pretty tight deadlines – we always hit them, but it’s not without stress. Integration work is challenging, because our control system is able to interface with so many other manufacturers, but not all manufacturers’ controls play nicely when interfacing with ours – it’s cool that our controls are so fluid, it allows our customers a lot more flexibility, but it also means that we are constantly learning more…so, that’s challenging, but not in a bad way.
What has been your proudest moment at Suter?
I was in the install department for just over a year when Suter provided me with the opportunity to become a programmer. It was definitely one of those things that reminds you that hard work really does pay off.
It can be easy to forget that, sometimes.
Yeah, but Suter’s always been pretty good about recognizing hard work.
That’s probably a part of why the company has such a great staff! One more question, and then you can get back to work: What do you love about your job?
Friday evenings! Kidding. I really do like that every day comes with something different. Every challenge is an opportunity to get better at what I do.