Last year as part of our marketing theme 2020, The Year of The Designer, we interviewed structural engineers of our own, who are working at Peikko units all over the world. The Designers are still in focus for us in 2021.
This time we introduce Tadas Zingaila from Peikko Lithuania.
Why have you chosen to study civil engineering?
It is quite difficult to explain why exactly I decided to start studies of civil engineering in 2006. But when I am trying to understand it now, why I have chosen this profession, I can find several reasons. First of all, that I spent quite a lot of time in my childhood and later with my uncle helping him to build or repair something in the yard. Second, I like such works, which could give visible results. And finally, I prefer technical sciences rather than social. When I had to make a decision for studies I was thinking about civil engineering, thermal engineering and mechanical engineering. Civil engineering was a priority. My official studies finished, but my passion for studies still exist and I am still learning, - I am enjoying lifelong learning. I hope that this feeling will never end.
When did you start in Peikko and what is your job in Peikko about?
I joined Peikko Lithuania in 2017, as a structural engineer. After short adaptation period I have changed position, and until now, I am working as a senior structural engineer. At the moment, my main duties are related to DELTABEAM® design technical support for the engineering team in Lithuania and some other countries, also I am doing preliminary design of DELTABEAM® Composite Beams in the tender stage. Still, sometimes I am doing full design, but at the moment it is quite rare. I am also involved in many other duties related to the development processes etc., and it is difficult to explain everything in brief. One of bigger tasks assigned to me - to do DELTABEAM® design trainings in other Peikko units, and I am satisfied doing this work.
What do you like most about your job?
GROWING. This simple word means a lot for me. I can not get bored and I do not like repetitive tasks, I feel satisfied in my work when I am moving forward by doing more complicated tasks and taking new responsibilities. Also I like long-term tasks, which finally give big value for all. Working in Peikko I have many different tasks with non-standard solutions, I can design, develop, create, discuss, learn, teach, meet many different engineers and other persons all over the world, also I can use my practical skills and knowledge for lectures at Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology. Theoretical background and practical knowledge is the key for freedom of engineering.
PEIKKO PEOPLE. In Peikko I realized that every employee creates working environment. And keywords for that: RESPECT, TRUST, DISCUSSION, SUPPORT.
What projects that you did in Peikko are you most proud of?
Peikko is one big project for me and I still continue working on it. According to my way of thinking, it is a long-term project, and it is beneficial for all of us.
What is the strangest/craziest thing you have had in your work or were asked by a customer?
It might be many crazy ideas from customers, but usually it looks like crazy only at the beginning. Later, then you analyse the problem, in many cases as a result it is – SOLUTION.
What are your biggest interests outside working life?
Family, books, travel and friends. Usually, I do not have a lot of free time, and that time is very valuable. The most part of my free time I spend with my family, doing some activities outside, playing with kids. Together we have many ideas. I have changed my routine, and I start my day early in the morning (this I have learned from my grandmother, not from some famous person), in such a way my evenings can be dedicated to family as much as possible. Books are my passion, and this is my best hobby, I could sleep in a big library. Traveling by car with family on weekends, accidentally to some place or city, also makes me happy. I do not need to be in a rush, I can take a cup of coffee, and enjoy my life.
You can read more employee stories at News & Stories