Matt Hayes is the construction supervisor for the VC-CFO’s Transportation Services – known to most as TAPS – produces and installs campus signs, and is the campus’s only certified crane operator.
When did you join the university?
I joined UC Davis in 1996.
What's your day-to-day role in stewarding university resources?
As the construction supervisor of Civil and Industrial Services, I ensure my team does top quality work in all the jobs we do. Some examples of jobs that are making the University better are: road and bike path repairs around campus, fabrication and installation of monument and wayfinding signs, foundation plant services irrigation system, fabricated and installed animal cages and built a new parking lot.
What's an example of how you delight customers?
When a tree fell on the Temporary Buildings, my team provided emergency response. As the only crane operator on campus, I used my expertise to remove the tree from the building, so necessary repairs could be done. And last year, when Old Davis Road needed repairs my team jumped in and prioritized the repair job, fixing the road shoulder in a record two days.
What do you like best about working at UC Davis?
I like the challenging jobs that are offered to me.
What's the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is managing all of the different schedules – students, employees/staff, weather interruptions, equipment, materials and vendors. I deal with it by planning ahead and being flexible when unexpected problems arise.
Transportation Services, a unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, serves the transportation and parking needs of UC Davis, including sale of parking permits, providing assistance to motorists, maintaining roads, paths and parking lots, operating and maintaining agricultural equipment used on campus and much more.