CA Water Week: Veterans in Water, Allan D. Jones, IEUA

Announcements, Veterans in Water

First and last name: Allan D. Jones

Job title: Electrical & Instrument Technician III, Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Certifications held: C-10 License Electrical Contracting

Branch and years of service: Navy; Four years of service

What is your role at the Agency? As an Electrical/Instrumentation Tech III, my daily role at the Agency is to service, repair and maintain the electrical and instrumentation for plant equipment, laboratory and building equipment. Also, as one of the senior techs, I’m relied upon to train new technicians that come aboard.

What / who inspired you to work in water? Opportunity was the vessel that led me to work in water. I had no clue that this industry even existed before I applied. My experience as an electrician working for a trash burning power plant gave me the skill set needed and allowed my application to be selected as one of two candidates that were hired. In fact, the other person hired is also a Navy veteran.

What fuels your passion for your work? The people I work with respect my input, honesty and see the passion I have for my craft. They allow me to be creative and to get the job done right the first time. The trust my team shows me is all I’ve ever wanted in a work setting. IEUA has shown me how important a team is over the last 16+ years. The water industry is here to stay.

What is the biggest mis-perception about working in water? My first thought of the water industry was, “This is primitive.” But when I observed all the stages water goes through while in the treatment plant and what the water is being used for once it leaves the plant, it is truly a miracle; as well as the benefit it has for the planet. I thought, “Wow! The science, education, craftmanship, and history behind water is amazing.”

Why should veterans join this field? I love that when people find out that I’m a veteran, they always say thanks for your service. Joining such an industry, we continue giving back to mother earth and we get to continue being of service.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? To know that I’m a part of an industry that is so crucial to the environment and the world is the most rewarding aspect of my work. I am so humbled and proud to play a small role in such a huge production.