Kip Turner, 68, has spent his entire 50-year career with AT&T working as an engineer. And despite his long tenure, he tells CNBC Make It he has often been one of the youngest people on his team.

Turner first joined the company as a station installer in 1973 when he was 18 years old. He took on about eight different roles over the next five decades, and "until probably the last 20 years, I've been the kid on just about every crew," says Turner, who now works as a lead product development engineer near Faulkner County, Arkansas.