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Getting to Know: Bill Hartnett

As an IP Engineer I, Bill Hartnett monitors and analyzes day-to-day operational issues and anomalies affecting end-customer network performance and assists in Network design solutions for new customer installations and projects.

Before working at DQE what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

When I was fresh out of school, I had a job at a machine shop in Pittsburgh. I learned the detailed functionality of CNC machines, overhead cranes, heat treating, and some welding. I learned to use various electronic instruments such as oscilloscopes and other signal generators and an assortment of hand tools such as micrometers and dial calipers. My colleagues were mainly 30+ years older than me and had worked in the Steel Mills in the 70s and 80s. I learned a whole lot about life in a short amount of time from those folks. I embraced what I learned and started down the path of tech & engineering.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

I played in a rock n roll band for 10+years and loved performing on stage.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to snowboard, play guitar, mountain bike, fish, and ride quads in my spare time. I love being outside and staying active.

What advice do you have for prospective DQE candidates?

Listen respectfully, watch comprehensively, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and learn at your pace.

What are your hopes for our industry?

To be ahead of Artificial Intelligence.

What has been your favorite project so far at DQE?

My favorite project so far is the newest product launched for DQE: Fiber@Home. I’ve enjoyed learning about this product and look forward to providing high-speed, reliable Internet to people’s homes.

What drew you to DQE originally?

I wanted to be a part of a company that was growing. A company whose vision, mission, and values aligned with my own. When I first looked at DQE, the company had expanded its fiber miles two-fold in a short amount of time. This rapid growth attracted my interest. I needed to be a part of a company where I could grow my career, apply my talents, and expand my responsibilities. DQE and I are a good fit. I think it’s been working out well for us.