Douglas C. Barnhart, PE

About Douglas

Douglas serves as Director of Mechanical Engineering at our York office and has over 25 years of expertise in the engineering field. He earned a Bachelor’s of Architectural Engineering from Penn State University.

When asked what does being part of an ESOP mean to you, he states, “It gives a wonderful sense of community in our organization.”

Tell us a little about your family/home life.

My wife Jen and I have 2 boys and a dog. My oldest son Zach is a sophomore in college at Millersville, and my younger son, Evan, is a senior in high school. Our 4 year old dog, Roxy, is a Shichon or a Shih Tzu Bichon mix. Luckily for us, she guards against any home invaders, like people walking in our neighborhood for exercise or the UPS delivery person.

What was the first job you got paid to do?

I was a bagger at my local Weis Markets grocery store when I was 15. It is strange to think that that job falls in the extinct jobs category with the cashiers bagging the groceries or using the self-checkout. But it was significant as that was how I met my wife. And now both boys work at our local Weis, though not as baggers.

What was your first job in engineering like?

My first engineering job was when I got out of Penn State 25 years ago this year. It was for a similar mid-size engineering firm in Baltimore, MD. The main difference was that I was not an owner, nor did I have a vested interest in the company; it was not an ESOP.

What do you love most about your job?

No two days are the same. It could be a trip to a job site for a construction issue, discussing code interpretations, drafting some changes, or doing calculations.

What do you like most about the ESOP?

That what I do each day makes a more direct impact on my future and on building my retirement funds.

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I’m seldom without?

A book (physical paper copy) to read.

What’s the one movie you can watch over and over again?

Con Air.

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