An Interview with ManTech Employee, Mark
Job title/Description: Software Technician/SMP Help Desk Manager and Trainer
Group: Secure Mission Products (SMP)
Time at ManTech: 16 years
What drew you to ManTech?
The opportunity to continue a career providing customer support to software application users.
What is or has been the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
One summer during college, I worked at the CIA in the department responsible for opening and forwarding mail sent to the agency. This was before email, so all correspondence sent through the U.S. Postal Service. Needless to say, I read some very interesting letters.
What advice do you have for prospective ManTech candidates?
Embrace all the future has to offer but do not ignore the past. As Earth’s population grows, the world is getting smaller and there is probably not a lot that has not already been experienced and seen. When an “elder statesperson” tells you about how it was done in 1942 or whenever, listen to them. You just might learn something and avoid wasting time.
What are you passionate about?
Sports, reading and listening to music
How do you get your caffeine in the mornings?
Exercising gets me going in the morning.
What is the coolest thing about what you’re working on now?
Participating in the complete development life cycle for a new SMP software application.
Who is your superhero and why?
My wife! She recently earned a second master’s degree. She completed the program in 2 years while working full time and not missing a beat. Many nights she would study until the wee hours of the morning, then go to work for eight hours or more, just on a few hours of sleep. Our weekends for two years were nothing but coursework and projects. “You want to see a miracle? Be the miracle.” My wife lives those words. My wife is the miracle.