(WACO, Texas) – Emory Sutton of Pflugerville took his appreciation for the environment and turned it into a satisfying career.
Sutton is a safety and loss control specialist at Professional Contract Services Inc. in Austin. He began working at the nonprofit company in August 2018 during the same week he graduated from Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus.
His work involves making sure clients are meeting environmental and safety regulations.
Sutton’s work involves traveling a week each month to visit contractors’ clients. On some days he completes reports after making site visits, while other days are spent working on gathering bids for contracts.
“Every day is different,” he said. “It’s how I can assist my department in succeeding.”
Sutton said his motivation lies in his desire to be good at what he does.
“I like the feeling of succeeding,” he said. “I think of little things as succeeding. I like to get things done, doing a good job for the company and proving that I can do it.”
Sutton grew up in Granger and is a graduate of Granger High School. He attended a four-year university to study education to become a teacher, but he said after three-and-a-half years, he concluded the field was not for him.
Sutton has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Technology – Compliance and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Safety Compliance Technology from TSTC. He said Lester Bowers, an instructor in TSTC’s Environmental Technology program, influenced him to pick up the second associate degree.
“He was a very good student and always added relevant materials into class discussions,” Bowers said.
Sutton said TSTC provided him with a solid education because of its emphasis on hands-on learning.
“I preach technical schools since I have been at TSTC,” he said. “We need people to fill technical jobs in the nation.”
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.