When I graduated there were a lot of job opportunities at the time. I chose Algoma Steel because it was the largest manufacturer in Northern Ontario, they offered good money and benefits and I knew there would be plenty of opportunity for advancement.
I started in Ironmaking at No. 6 Blast Furnace. I worked in that department for 12 years before transferring over to the Slabcaster where I was introduced to the command room line of sequence, starting as a strand operator and working my way up to shift coordinator. Around that time they started construction on the Direct Strip Production Complex (DSPC) and I watched that facility being built, from the first pilings to the shingles and all of the equipment and technology therein. I secured a position in the DSPC and underwent some of the most rigorous training in my career – in the classroom, on the job, they even sent us to Italy to Danieli’s (technology supplier) training facility. Then I worked every job on the casting floor, learning all aspects of the operation before I took the role of caster pulpit operator.
Our customers are constantly seeking lighter yet stronger and more flexible steel. It takes a knowledgeable and dedicated workforce to meet these demands and the Algoma team is up to the challenge.