From Intern to Field Engineer: Building my Hilti Career

By Risa, Field Engineer

As a former intern who joined Hilti full-time after graduation, I’m sharing my perspective on the internship program, my transition into a full-time position, and my career progression so far.

Tell us about your internship experience. 

I could not have asked for a better internship experience! It was a dream! Instantly, I felt welcomed into the company as a team member whose thoughts and ideas were valued, which I didn’t expect being at ‘the bottom of the totem pole.’ My team members immediately stepped up to teach me the technical aspects of the job, while also providing advice on career opportunities at Hilti and elsewhere in the long run. I got to interact with people in multiple departments across the company, providing me a better understanding of the way we work. I really enjoyed the activities organized by HR to foster community between the intern group. Finally, presenting my project to a member of the executive board was humbling and an experience I won’t ever forget. 

How have you developed within your career so far? 

I have grown so much in my career at Hilti. From initially answering phones in our technical center (and gaining the knowledge to advise in anchoring applications), to learning how to present lengthy presentations clearly and effectively to a room full of people without getting nervous, to now building a network of relationships based on shared passion for correctly specifying firestop, I have gained the confidence in my well-rounded Hilti competence!   

What has surprised you the most about working at Hilti? 

The freedom to speak your mind and do what you think is best. I felt it as an intern and still do today – feedback is desired from employees, whether you're new or a veteran to the company. If you want to do something in your role that you feel would make it better (or make your successes better), you can. 

 

Have you relocated in your time with Hilti? 

I have relocated from Plano, TX to Nashville, TN from a corporate to a field job. I’d never lived outside of Texas prior to moving to Tennessee, but in retrospect I needed this external push to grow further as an individual. I learned how to build new relationships from ground zero and make a city that was once just a dot on a map my home. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to do this and know that the future opportunities for relocating elsewhere globally with Hilti are endless. 

What is your favorite part of your role?

My favorite part of my role is working with others. Whether it be with architects and engineers or Hilti account managers, I love the daily interaction with people involved when finding solutions to scenarios. Building relationships via teamwork is what fills this role with purpose, for me. 

What 3 words would you use to describe Hilti to someone? 

Opportunity, Growth, Challenge 

Any tips for someone who is considering a role at Hilti or advice for someone interested in a career like yours? 

If you love working with people and fostering relationships, this is the place for you.  

Anything else you’d like to share?

My favorite Hilti anchor is HIT RE 500 V3 with a threaded rod and my favorite firestop product is the speed sleeve. 

About The Author

Risa is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and started her career with Hilti in 2017 as a Technical Services Intern in Plano, TX.

She joined full-time as a Technical Support Engineer before moving to her current role as a Fastening & Protection Field Engineer in Nashville, TN.