Employee Spotlight

Jesse Burford

Shop and Yard Manager/Project Manager/Level II Coating Inspector/Dive Supervisor/Estimator

How long have you been with UESI?  Since 2009, 12 years.

What do you do at UESI?  Purchasing, Inventory, Equipment and building maintenance and repairs, logistics, dive equipment certifications, metal fabrication, basically anything that needs to be done.

Tell us a little about your background:   I was born and raised in Fort Pierce, Florida. I graduated from Commercial Dive Academy in 2009 and started at UESI during the Canal Revetment Project. I spent my first 3 years there; I have been all over the United states from Washington State to Guantanamo Bay doing dive jobs and nuclear work.

What has been your greatest achievement or your proudest moment while working at UESI? Did you have a project with challenges that you succeeded at?   the Keys in 2018 after Hurricane Irma we spent several months working with the Coast Guard and the EPA removing about 400 boats (sailboats to yachts) from the water and helping restore the waterways to their original state. However, the Fermi Torus Recoat Project in 2020 was by far the most complicated job I have been on mostly due to Covid-19 and all the restrictions and guidelines we had to follow daily just to simply go to work.

My favorite job was helping build a dive park for the US military personnel in Guantanamo Bay. The water was beautiful and pristine. We were able to do a lot of exploring and snorkeling in our free time and meet a lot of great people.

What do you like or appreciate most about working at UESI? The people and the diversity of the jobs. We do not do the same thing everyday

Who or what inspires you?   My wife inspires me. She can raise three children and two dogs all by herself when I am out of town for months at a time.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  I see myself here in 10 years; continuing to be a respected and productive member of UESI.

Tell us about your life outside of work. Family, hobbies, volunteer activities?    When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Brandi, my daughter Taylor and my sons, Riley, and Jesse ‘JB2’. My daughter and I ride motorcycles. Majority of my free time is spent volunteering as the team trainer for my son Riley’s football team and my wife Brandi is the team Mom. Taylor is a cheerleader for football and competitive. They also do karate and boxing. I enjoy taking naps with our newest addition JB2 and taking my dogs Leroy and Batman for truck rides around town. Taylor, Riley, and I like to go longboarding when we can find a good hill. Our favorite getaway spots are SeaWorld and the Georgia mountains.


What is something on your bucket list? Cage diving with white sharks and seeing all the national parks.

You would never catch me wearing:    Skinny Jeans

Dogs vs Cats:    I have been a dog person my entire life and have never really been a cat person.