From an early exposure to B52 aircraft and wanting to be a NASA engineer to supporting the global supply chain. A heartwarming discussion with Dale Pickering. This moment of near-global quarantine is an excellent opportunity to do a bit of fact gathering and get to know industry leaders like Dale, who developed a passion for electricity at an early age.
From the moment Dale’s father told him that his birds always come home, he strived to live upon his father’s shoulders. Though he might be behind the scenes, his contribution to the data center industry is impeccable. In this podcast, Dale shares his journey and recommendations for the younger generation who is trying to determine a career path. We talk about education, culture, leadership, and continuous change. What is the new norm, and what would it be like after we get out of this turmoil?
Dale’s experience includes ATMEL Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, where he worked as a Power Quality Engineer for 13 years and became their Principle Electrical Engineer responsible for overall Manufacturing and Test Facility’s Construction and Maintenance. After the US Chip Manufacturing move to China, for three years, he Consulted to the City of Colorado Spring’s Electrical Transmission & Distribution Division’s Engineering Department and then the Water Division’s Controls & Telemetry Engineering Department. FedEx started constructing a large Data Center in Colorado Springs, and he was able to win an E.E. Position at their World Head Quarter’s Engineering Staff. He was assigned to protect FedEx’s $300M+ investment in this international Enterprise Data Center. Over the past 11 years, he has completed Construction, Commissioning, and IT infrastructure to support all of FedEx’s International air and ground Shipping Business. Today, he is working for the FedEx Company Data Center, helping to keep all of their fleets of aircraft and trucks, on task, delivering emergency health care supplies throughout the US and the world, in the global fight against this Global Pandemic, that we are all finding ourselves trapped in.