New to the company but a familiar face, Russell Coate’s previous employment brought him on the railroad’s property several times. When a structural engineer assignment opened, he seized the opportunity.
“I already had a working relationship with some of the people here,” said Coate, whose first day was Jan. 4. “I enjoy working with them and getting to know everybody else.”
He has worked on railroad projects since 2003, but this is his first time working for a railroad directly. He enjoys the diversity of the projects.
“I hope to contribute to the team and be able to help when and where I’m needed,” Coate said.
He and his wife, Emma, have children, John, 4, and Maggie, 1. In his spare time, he watches and plays sports. The White Sox and Bulls fan has run three marathons.