Meet Clay Benne, the newest member of our MEP Engineering Team!


Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Clay: My name is Clayton (Clay) Benne, and I am from Jefferson City, MO. I currently live there with my wife and our golden retriever, Kenny. I attended the University of Missouri, where I graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. I have worked in multiple fields, including manufacturing, sales, consulting, and so on. When not at work, I enjoy being outdoors, as I grew up hunting and fishing. I also really enjoy music. I will occasionally play a show, and I am always trying to be a better songwriter, guitarist, or musician in general.

I am excited to get started at Klingner and help make a difference! I chose Klingner because upon meeting the team, I knew I would be surrounded by great people who share that sentiment.

Q: Why did you want to become an Engineer?

Clay: I was drawn to engineering because I really enjoy the critical thinking and problem-solving aspects. I enjoy the challenges that this field demands. From another perspective, I also appreciate that engineering also provides a way to solve those problems in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

Q: Is there a project you’ve worked on thus far in your career that you’re proudest of?

Clay: My proudest project at this time in my career would have to be The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment. It was particularly challenging, but also very rewarding.

Q: What piece of advice would you give someone choosing the same career?

Clay: Use your mentors when working on projects. They may have a better way to solve a problem.

Q: If you could pick up a skill instantly, what would it be?

Clay: If I could pick up a skill instantly, it would be flying an airplane. I’ve always been fascinated by planes, and it would definitely be a great way to travel all the time!

Q: What is your most prized possession?

Clay: My most prized possession would be my Gibson guitar. I deeply appreciate music and songwriting, and my Gibson was paid for with the money I made from playing shows.