“When I get there, I find broken stuff, and when I leave, there’s less broken stuff.” - Andy Parr
Andy Parr likes to put things back together. He also likes to get his heart racing. Growing up, he loved getting into as much trouble as possible. If he was driving, it was through the mud. If he was volunteering, it was fighting fires in Texas. He knew he wasn’t cut out for a desk job, and college wasn’t quite the right fit, so he joined the Army and continued a long-standing family tradition.
“I got one scholarship for $100, and I didn’t really want to go to college,” Andy Parr, regional service technician, said. “So I took the ASVAB and scored high enough I could do whatever I wanted in the Army, so I did my research and chose to be a bomb tech and wanted to try a job where I got to blow stuff up.”
The ASVAB is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and is used to determine if someone is a good fit to join the service. It can also determine which service branch is the best fit, and what military jobs someone can hold after they finish basic training or boot camp. The better your ASVAB score, the broader your options.
Andy also comes from a family that has a rich history of military service.
“My uncle served in the Navy during Desert Storm, one grandfather served in Korea, my other grandfather served in World War II, my great-grandpa was in World War I and my brother-in-law served in the Coast Guard,” Andy said. “I never felt pressured to join the military, but it seemed like the right thing to do. So when I got my scores back, I decided to join and become an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. I figured if I could drive some robots and disable bombs, that’s what I wanted to do.”
Andy began his military service at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for basic training and then traveled the world. He spent the majority of his time in Germany and Afghanistan but was able to visit South Africa, France, Prague, Kyiv and Britain. “Being in the military, I got to see a lot of things I wouldn't have otherwise seen or visited on my own, so that was a nice perk.”
When Andy left the military in 2013, he took the skills used in the Army to teach himself how to be a mechanic and transition to the civilian workforce. After an unsatisfying experience working for a competing rental company, Andy decided to join EquipmentShare in 2019 at the urging of a friend. Currently, he is the regional service technician for the Gulf Region– covering Texas, Alabama and Louisiana.
“Being a field technician is almost perfect,” Andy said. “I get to travel the Gulf Region, see new places, break up the mundane and see something different each day. I don’t have a typical 9-5 job and I don’t have a typical day-to-day routine. I would be miserable with a desk job."
Andy takes advantage of nearly every training opportunity offered to him through EquipmentShare so he can stay up to date on every brand and machine we carry.
“I’ve been fortunate to have training on almost everything,” Andy said. “I’ve learned Diesel laptops, Sany, JCB, JLG, Magni, generators, compressors and pumps. I’ll take pretty much any training that’s offered so I can learn as much as possible.”
Andy’s military background aligns well with the core values of EquipmentShare, which are integrity, humility, drive and intelligence. And his need for adrenaline works well with the fast-paced environment of a typical rental yard and service bay.
“The entire military mindset, as a whole, has transferred well into this job,” Andy said. “They trust me to do my job, but to be humble enough to ask for help when I need it. I like being told an end goal and sent out to make it happen — no babysitting or micromanaging, just go do it and get it done.”
When asked why he likes working for EquipmentShare, Andy has a quick response.
“It feels like a family,” Andy said. “I get to work on things I wouldn’t normally have access to, I get to meet a lot of cool people, I get to travel and have a truck I can take home. EquipmentShare takes good care of me and my family.”
EquipmentShare made a commitment in 2020 to increase our veteran workforce to ten percent of our total staff and surpassed that goal in late 2021. Veterans receive an additional eight hours of PTO each year in addition to other perks and benefits at EquipmentShare. Would you like to join Andy in working for a great “People First” focused company? Are you ready to find your second calling? Visit equipmentshare.com/careers/hiring-veterans.