Michael Bourke from Wigen Water Technologies

Currently Michael Bourke is the vice president of business development at Wigen Water Technologies, where he helps municipalities and industrial companies improve their water quality. Nate Ventress, Industry Segment Manager for Festo US, recently spoke with Michael to discuss what he does within the water industry. Read below to learn more about Michael's work below.


What does your job entail?

My job at Wigen Water Industries includes finding municipalities and industrial companies that need water treatment technologies to improve water quality for their customers or internal production processes that can be provided by Wigen’s area of water treatment expertise. The team and I work with prospective customers about the advantages of using our products.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is helping engineers to provide affordable, customized solutions to water treatment problems, especially for small systems, that cannot be solved by standardized treatment processes.


If you change one thing within the water industry, what would it be?

The one change that I would make would be to somehow change the bidding process for public works projects. We should be able to promote innovative solutions and technology development rather than just the cheapest solution. This causes a disincentive to innovate.


If you had to take away one thing, what have you learned the most since you started working in the water industry?

I've learned a lot working within the water industries. A few of the key things are:

  • Keep abreast of the latest technologies and upcoming regulations that can make today’s
    technologies redundant.
  • Be comfortable with change and embrace it. This is just as true for the conservative water industry
    as it is for what are considered more high-tech industries.
  • Be a sponge for knowledge and scour the technical publications, conference proceedings, etc. to
    stay at the forefront of your industry and your job will always be secure.


To learn more about Wigen Water Technologies, visit their website below.

Wigen Water Technologies