Spotlight on SuperSTARS
- May 17, 2018
- Employee Spotlight
Meet Austin Kolesnik: Plumbing Installation Tech
Celebrating his three-year anniversary at Elek Plumbing, Austin Kolesnik began his plumbing career at Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School. “Elek’s owner, Don Harris, came to the school. He interviewed and hired me on the spot, and I began working with the company right after high school.”
Austin’s job as a commercial plumbing installation technician is ideal since he loves being tasked with major projects and creating efficient, cost-effective plans for completion. Like finishing a difficult puzzle, Austin takes satisfaction in assessing a job, developing a strategy and seeing it through to the final product. “I like standing back, taking it all in and seeing how it has transformed from nothing into a high-quality product we can be proud of,” he says. “A product that will serve our customers well.”
Austin specializes in working with Oldcastle engineered concrete products. Used to create modular buildings, stormwater infrastructure and transportation systems, Oldcastle precast solutions require the niche installation expertise found in Elek Plumbing’s commercial division. “Oldcastle makes pre-manufactured buildings, and I work with their construction teams to build out Elek plumbing systems,” says Austin. “After we complete the plumbing install at the Oldcastle plant, the buildings are transported to the final installation site. I help put the modular plumbing back together while the building is constructed. It’s a fun job—and really rewarding.”
Getting to Know Austin
When Austin Kolesnik isn’t on the job, he spends most of his time enjoying friends and family or exploring the outdoors. “I’m very family oriented and like to spend most of my off-time hanging with the people I care about. When I’m not with family and friends, I’m usually fishing or hunting,” he says. “My favorite hobbies are hunting deer, turkeys and ducks, but I just love being outside in general.”
Austin’s family-centered personality is one of the main reasons he enjoys his job. “Elek treats everyone like family,” he says. “From technicians all the way to management, everyone is approachable about work and personal interactions. You can talk to anyone about anything.”
What are people surprised to know about Austin? “Probably that I love watching The Voice,” he laughs. “I like seeing people who have big dreams get on the show, push themselves and try to get to the top to win. It’s pretty inspiring.”
More Fun Facts About Austin Kolesnik
Favorite type of music: Classic country and western
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? When I drive through town here in PA, I often wish there were fewer people and less traffic. I want to travel around the Midwest. I’ve been to South Dakota and Wyoming, and it’s beautiful country. It’s laidback, spacious—and not overly populated. I love that feeling.
What else would you like customers to know about Elek Plumbing? Elek is a great fit for any plumbing job because our technicians truly are experts in their fields. In addition, we work hard to build relationships with customers, and we always keep them in the loop throughout every project stage—so there are no surprises.
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