By Charles Louis Dominguez ’14
If you’ve ever found yourself on Brophy’s campus after school, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen Mr. Eddie Pionk, a night maintenance worker, scrambling around campus in order to complete any number of tasks.
“It’s almost like a movie. You see the star, the celebrity, of the movie or a concert, like Taylor Swift performing, but you really don’t know about the roadie who sets up the stage,” Mr. Pionk said.
He first arrived at Brophy through working odd jobs with a friend of his. He currently works as night maintenance for the school.
“I took over for the night guy who was sick,” Mr. Pionk said of how he came to this position.
With this position, Mr. Pionk has assumed a variety of responsibilities, ranging from locking up the school grounds, overseeing on-campus events, fixing any number of things and helping to ensure the classrooms are cleaned each night.
“I like to say I lock the castle at night,” Mr. Pionk said.
Night maintenance has proved itself to be a multi-faceted position.
“My job is a series of multi-tasking… at my job, you have to be a high-level multi-tasker,” Mr. Pionk said.
“There are a lot of tough parts of my job,” Mr. Pionk said.
Students campus-wide have developed a well-founded respect for Mr. Pionk’s willingness to attend to any matter at hand as well as other characteristics.
“Honestly, I think he’s one of the most reliable people here,” said Fred Oaxaca ’13. “He’s always here to help, and he’s hilarious as well.”
Still, with all of these responsibilities, Mr. Pionk said that the toughest part of his job is not ever being able to complete more than he would like to.
“I elevate myself every night, if that makes sense. I try to do more, I try to do this, I try to get everything done,” Mr. Pionk said.
Mr. Pionk shows great pride for the achievements of the maintenance department as a whole.
“I guess my main objective is to be a team-player and do my part in my department and for the school …we just do our part. The maintenance department is a well-oiled machine,” Mr. Pionk said.