Tech of the Month: Kory Johnson

Name: Kory Johnson

Title: HVAC technician, Utah State University (USU) Facilities, Logan, Utah

Why He’s Tech of the Month: Kory Johnson has excelled in keeping USU’s critical heating and cooling systems in peak operating condition since he was hired seven years ago. He is known for his technical abilities, willingness to help others, and strong work ethic.

“I’ve been able to work with Kory quite a bit, and he’s always willing to help out and step up to figure out and solve any problem,” said Zac Cook, energy manager at USU Facilities. “After [another employee] retired, Kory took on the responsibility of his air compressor PMs [preventive maintenance] across campus, not to mention keeping up with his own workload. Even when he’s tasked with having to learn many new things, I’ve never seen Kory frustrated. He just rolls with it and gets the work done.”

“I enjoy all the different pieces of equipment I get to work on,” said Johnson, who was recently honored as USU Facilities’ December 2015 Employee of the Month. “I think I’m a good technician, because I work well with everyone, and if I don’t know the answer, I will find out.”

After graduating from Skyview High School in Smithfield, Utah, he attended BATC (Bridgerland Applied Technology College), where he earned his HVAC Journeyman license. Before coming to USU, Johnson worked as an HVAC Tech for Lutz Heating Inc. in Smithfield, and also framed houses. Kory’s father, Ted Johnson, also works for USU Facilities in the plumbing shop.

“Kory is an outstanding employee with a wonderful attitude and a desire to learn,” said Daniel Ferris, director of utility services for USU Facilities. “He’s always friendly and willing to go the extra mile for his customers, and he is constantly looking for ways to improve his knowledge and skills.”

Johnson, whose wife recently gave birth to their first child, said he simply plans to learn what he can in his position at USU. Ultimately, he added, he just hopes to “make the best of life.”

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Publication date: 1/25/2016

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