Ziva and Matthew LeCren
Ziva and Matthew LeCren

Name:

Matthew LeCren

Title:

Pressure Equipment Engineer

Describe your current job in 15 words or less: 

Mechanical integrity assurance of pressure vessels, heat exchangers, piping, and relief valves.

College:

Mississippi State University

What inspired you to become an engineer?

On a college visit, I heard that engineering was a good field for people that enjoy math and science. I had no idea what engineering was or what engineers did, but since my strengths were in math and science, I went for it.

What do you enjoy most about working at PSR?

I get to work with people from a lot of different departments to figure out fit-for-purpose solutions to endless opportunities. 

Talk a little about how you collaborate with other PSR colleagues (in different departments) for safe and successful refinery operation. 

I am constantly in discussions with people in Inspection, Maintenance, Operations, Production, Process Engineering, Project Engineering, Turnaround, and Management to resolve issues, manage changes, and determine the best way to operate, maintain, and improve our facility.

What advice to would you share with kids considering an engineering career?

Be sure to get a good understanding of the basic fundamentals of engineering, problem solving, and thinking outside the box. All the advanced IT engineering tools that are available to us are greatly helpful, but you have to have a solid grounding in engineering fundamentals. You cannot just rely on the computer to give you an answer. You have to think. And you have to be able to work well with others. Few problems are solved on your own; nearly all problems are solved by a team of people each bringing something different to the table.

If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be?

Hard to say, but probably a struggling small town business owner like my father and grandfather were.

What beverage do you drink to start your day?

Coffee.

Favorite book?

The Bible.

One of your favorite hobbies?

Mini-farming.

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