NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 21, 2017) – Joshua Marcum, Power Plant Mechanic at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s Cheatham Power Plant in Ashland City, Tenn., is the employee of the month for September 2017.
Marcum is recognized for his significant contributions and demonstrated professionalism while serving as one of the district’s fall protection subject matter experts and as an active member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters High Hazard Work Group Fall Protection team.
In addition to his daily maintenance activities and routine duties as a journeyman mechanic at the hydropower plant, he devoted more than 180 hours to program development in support of improving the safety around the hydropower plant. Marcum also provided exceptional mission support impacting employee safety throughout the Operations Division.
Cayce Tiesler, Cheatham Dam powerhouse superintendent, said the award is well deserved and Marcum’s skill sets are a valuable asset to the Cheatham team.
“It is an honor to have him working with us,” said Tiesler. “He is a role model employee whose ‘can do’ attitude is an example for others to emulate.”
Tiesler credits Marcum’s attention to detail and professional competence with applying his innate ability and hands-on experience to develop the current templet for Operations Division’s Fall Protection Program, and secure a contractor to provide fall protection training.
“The procurement of $390,000 in fall protection equipment and supplies saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars and prevented significant lost time and lives,” said Tiesler. “Marcums’ individual efforts made a significant impact and highlighted safety and the importance of the Fall Protection Program.”
As for being selected employee of the month, Marcum said he is humbled and it’s a good feeling that people noticed his efforts and accomplishments.
“I appreciate the recognition and love working with the Cheatham Lake team,” said Marcum.
Tiesler said it’s a team effort at Cheatham and wish he could have submitted the award for the entire team however Marcum’s leadership skills stood out.
“I think a few of his best qualities are that he has a great personality, is always cool under pressure, always looks to help make others better and improve his work,” said Tiesler. “He always has a smile and plays a big role in our success of the Cheatham Lake team.”
A resident of Bellevue, Tenn., Marcum is a native of Jamestown, Ky. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Somerset Technical Community College in Somerset, Ky.
Marcum and his wife Whitney have two daughters, Audrey, 4, and Charlotte, 1. He loves spending time with family and friends, and his hobbies include working outdoors.
“Family is priority number one,” said Marcum. “I enjoy coming to work every day because I’m surrounded by great people that love what they do, which makes my job whole lot easier,” he added.
Marcum’s initiative and commitment to the Nashville District mission make him an outstanding employee, said Lt. Col. Cullen A. Jones, Nashville District commander.
“Marcum is a role model employee whose ‘can do’ attitude is an example for others to emulate,” Jones said. “His professionalism, dedication to mission execution and superior performance is a credit to the Nashville District, the region and the Corps of Engineers.”
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