Employee Profiles

Cyndi Abbott

Senior Engineering Technician; Vectrus Electromagnetic Mission Assurance Center (EMAC) Documentation Team Lead

What is your role and what are your responsibilities as part of the Vectrus Engineering and Digital Integration (E&DI) team?

I am a Senior Engineering Technician and Lead for the Electromagnetic Mission Assurance Center (EMAC) Documentation Team. I am part of a team that develops all documentation associated with U.S. Navy shipboard Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) work. To name a few, our duties entail creating test plans and test procedures, updating ship equipment lists, and delivering documentation to the government to be posted out for engineers and Navy personnel aboard the ships.

What do you enjoy most about working with Vectrus?

Prior to working with Vectrus, I worked in a small company. Now, working in a corporate environment, I appreciate the resources available to us and that job satisfaction is a priority. The company provides opportunities to their employees should a job or contract shift create a need for movement.

What advice do you have for someone breaking into this field?

The Vectrus E&DI team offers an excellent segue into the industry from military positions with the same experience into the civilian world. I want people to know there is a lot of work and variety with which you can become involved.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

I work under pressure very well. So, it is exciting when the job changes and there is a lot going on. The last two years I’ve spent on a new contact learning new things and meeting new people.

What motivates you to do your best work?

I want the Navy to have the best ships they can have because people are living on those ships, and they need to be safe.

What task do you enjoy most at work?

My favorite task is always one where I’m learning something new. Currently, I’m helping to develop the test plans for the certification engineers to use in their shipboard testing.

What is one fun fact about you that your coworkers may not know?

Since purchasing four acres of land in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, my husband and I have begun raising chickens and peacocks and have created a mini orchard containing pear, fig, pecan, and olive trees, just to name a few.

John Robie

Senior Electrical Engineer

What is your role and what are your responsibilities as part of the Vectrus Engineering and Digital Integration (E&DI) team?

I am a Senior Electrical Engineer and am part of the Spectrum Reallocation Fund Team. The federal government has sold off portions of the radio frequency spectrum for flexible use. Our team makes sure that our customers continue to operate without experiencing any interference as well as minimizing interference caused to the new occupants of the spectrum.

What do you enjoy most about working with Vectrus?

I really love the opportunity to tackle real-world problems directly. I am working on an electrical engineering degree with a focus on Communications. This degree focuses not on the act of communication, but the technology behind communication. In my courses, I frequently study things like spectrum sharing but at Vectrus, we are actually making it happen.

What advice do you have for someone breaking into this field?

The number one thing that I had to learn is, as with all enginee- ring, you can create your theories and models, but the real world is very chaotic. You learn that just because your model says something should look one way, out in the field, it’s usually going to look very different. This is a tremendously complex world we live in. It’s helpful to understand that field work is never going to have an exact solution.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

You hear of open problems being worked on and Vectrus is where working on those problems and finding solutions takes place. We participate with other working groups, industry and academia entities who are in the same field. We collaborate to try and formulate an understanding of how a solution is going to work moving forward. This collaboration is important to pro- gress and, in my opinion, this is the most exciting part of my job.

What motivates you to do your best work?

I am motivated by being part of a team where we are all collectively driven to help each other and do well. The software side and the hardware side of our larger team are continuously working together. Both parts of the house communicate regularly. We are a small but driven team.

What task do you enjoy most at work?

My favorite task happens after we have pulled in data and are ready to extract meaning from it. I enjoy trying to figure out how to implement the analysis in a way that’s most useful to us.

What is one fun fact about you that your coworkers may not know?
While working for Sentel, a company that Vectrus acquired, I made friends with several people working in my same office. We formed a Dungeons and Dragons group that now, three years later, consists of six friends meeting once a week enjoying each other’s company. In the group are Vectrus and government employees as well as some local science teachers. It’s been fun to have this long-standing reason to meet up!

Max Tucker

Engineering Technologist

What is your role and what are your responsibilities as part of the Vectrus Engineering and Digital Integration (E&DI) team?

My title is Engineering Technologist and I am involved with the designing, fabricating, implementation, and testing of hardware and software components all related to Radio Frequency (RF) projects on the contract.

What do you enjoy most about working with Vectrus?

My role offers constant learning experiences! Every project provides a new, greater concept to learn and practice. I’m always learning and growing.

What advice do you have for someone breaking into this field?

The best advice I ever received is applicable to any field. I was told, “Putting in 100% effort will put you ahead of 90% of the people.” I have found this to be true. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions!

What is the most exciting part of your job?

In my position, I most look forward to fabricating hardware components because I grew up in my dad’s wood shop where we built things together. I’m back having fun out in the shop listening to music.

What motivates you to do your best work?

The people I work with motivate me. When I get along with the employees in my work environment, it pushes me to work harder and better. The people here in Dahlgren, VA are great people, smart people, and are excellent at bringing new employees up to speed.

What task do you enjoy most at work?

I most enjoy making the hardware components in my line of work!

What is one fun fact about you that your coworkers may not know?

I play music on the side. I play guitar in several bands. One of my bands and I built a music studio and are busy making an album. I also do a lot of studio session work for other people when they need someone to play guitar in the songs they have written.