Front Line Supervisor Mechanical Maintenance,
Direct Strip Production Complex (DSPC)
I don’t just deal with mechanical maintenance. I am involved with building maintenance, TSSA standards, operations, hydraulics, etc. You get to apply all of your previous training; the growth curve is huge.
I was offered employment out of town. I chose to stay here; its home. I like everything to do with the outdoors – mountain biking, snow shoeing, boating, camping – and I have two young boys actively involved in sports. I can do all of this here in the Soo.
What are the more challenging aspects of your job?
The job is never the same; it’s always challenging you. It’s very dynamic.
When you’re accountable for an area you get much broader exposure. I don’t just deal with mechanical maintenance. I am involved with building maintenance, TSSA standards, operations, hydraulics, etc. You get to apply all of your previous training; the growth curve is huge. You are learning not only about different types of equipment, but as a supervisor you are learning about people and leadership.
Can you recall a project you found particularly interesting / satisfying?
Yes. When I was a Senior Planner in Plate Finishing I was tasked with shortening the Mesta Leveler Rebuild by two days. I worked with engineering and we came up with a trolley system to raise and lower the backup roll assemblies. This was a much faster, safer way to accomplish the task and it helped shave two days off the schedule. It remains the established procedure even today.
More recently, this year the operator- side screw down failed on the 4 hi mill in the Plate Mill and I was brought back to the Plate Mill from the DSPC to work with a retired superintendent who was called in for his prior experience with the equipment. I was selected for this job because of my knowledge of the Plate Mill and this was a compliment as the last time this job was completed was in the early 1990’s. The job was a challenge because the Mill was in true breakdown status and there would be no production until this screw down was changed. It was a challenge to give the Mill back to Operations in a timely manner and the maintenance team was successful.
How would you describe the work culture?
Everyone is very goal oriented. Focused. When presented with a problem, they jump straight to solution mode.
We make a good living. We live in a great place. Life is good.