Jim Hydzik

Jim Hydzik
Affiliation: 
Howard S Wright Constructors
Position: 
MEP Coordinator
Board Committees: 
Business Development
Member Since: 
2011

Jim is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with work experience at Hanford, Boeing, a commercial mechanical engineering firm and now a general contractor. Jim is a LEED Accredited Professional, which is a certification from the Green Building Council and a member of ASHRAE, an engineering society. At Howard S Wright Constructors, Jim is the MEP coordinator, which means he deals with the more technical subcontractors (Mechanical, Electrical, Piping, as well as communications, security, AV, Elevators, etc). Jim is part of the team all the way through a project’s life, starting at the beginning with marketing our company to potential clients. Once a project is underway, Jim is involved in the design coordination and estimating, through the bidding and construction phases, all the way to the final steps of building commissioning. Depending upon market situation and the type of work underway, Jim might be involved in multiple projects at any given time.

Jim has lived in Seattle area for about 16 years, the last 13 in Bellevue, Jim spends much of his time outside, enjoying outdoor activities such as skiing, biking, fun-runs, etc. He and his wife also enjoy traveling as much as time permits.

Q & A: 

I grew up in… a tiny little town in Idaho after living in the not-so-tiny towns of Detroit and St. Louis

I moved away from home because… well, like I said, a tiny little town.  It has some great qualities, but not a lot of career opportunities at that point!

When I was in high school, I hoped to be… a pilot.  Back then, there was nothing more interesting and exciting to me.

My college experience prepared me for my later years by… teaching me just how hard you have to work to really succeed.  It was a wake-up call to what it takes to perform at a higher level.

I chose my major in engineering because… I come from a family of engineers, and it was a natural fit for me, my skills, and my personality.  It also offered flexibility- with an engineering degree as a starting point, you can change to do just about anything.

The most important factors to my career success have been… putting out consistent and persistent effort no matter the task, big or small.

Something I am really bad at that I’d love to be great at is… speaking a foreign language.  ANY foreign language!

I joined the YouthForce Board because… I see this organization as a great way to have a positive impact on a lot of people, and the support I give can really help them fulfill their ambitions to excel.