Vol 58 No. 3 : March, 2006
Vol 58 No. 3 : March, 2006
Salvador Selected Employee of the Month
Jose Salvador, a Long Beach resident who joined the university in 2000, was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union, which was renamed Jose Salvador Lane for the month.
President F. King Alexander praised Salvador for his willingness to help.
“He takes his time to fix things even if it means staying late and he makes sure the equipment is in great condition,” he said. “He always has a smile and a positive comment.”
Salvador said he was pleased to be recognized as employee of the month. “I felt surprised, honored and excited, you name it,” he said.
Salvador began his CSULB career in the auto shop as a mechanic where he remained until 2005 when he was appointed Lead Auto/Equipment Mechanic. He comes to the university from nine years at Hughes Aircraft and 18 months in business for himself. He had the idea to join CSULB when his wife Christina, who worked at CSULB and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees here, heard about the opening. Christina currently works in University Relations and Development on prospect research and together, they have a daughter, Brittney, age 10, and a son, Tanner, age 8.
In his new position, his responsibilities include taking care of CSULB’s fleet and supervising a four-member staff.
“We deal with lots of industrial equipment from boom lifts to heavy-duty trucks and electric carts. We also take care of all the grounds equipment such as lawnmowers and sweepers,” he said. “And, we oversee emergency power generators all over campus. I’m always learning more.”
No one can get where they need to go on campus without their vehicles, which makes Salvador’s position vital to the university.
“If someone has a flat tire, I suddenly become their best friend,” he laughed. “I delegate the work to our staff and make sure the job gets done.”
Salvador ranks Facilities Management at CSULB as one of the top three such departments in the CSU. “One of the reasons we’re so successful is how much support we’ve received from the administration,” said Salvador. “We are provided with everything we need. As the AQMD (Air Quality Management District) requires the CSU to get more electric vehicles, we need more equipment to repair and maintain them and we get it.”
Each vehicle comes with its own challenges. “Our hardest-working machines are the fleet forklifts, boom lifts and aerial lifts,” he said. “I know each vehicle by its number and I can tell right away who it belongs to.”
Salvador loves his job. “I work in one of the best departments on campus,” he said. “Without my coworkers and our management, I don’t think we’d be as successful as we are. It is the best place I’ve ever worked and the people here are a big reason for that. They are like an addition to my family.”
Salvador received several gifts along with his recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, dinner for two at Domenico’s Restaurant, a gift certificate for four loge level tickets for the Long Beach Ice Dogs, a gift certificate for a lunch for two at Quiznos Sub and a coupon for two Burger King Whoppers.
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