Why Algoma?

As the largest employer in the region, Algoma offered me the opportunity to establish a career in a trade, working in different types of operations with a wide variety of equipment.  The organization’s support for women to dive into jobs that some may consider non-traditional is unmatched.  It was important that I set an example for my son and show him that anything is possible when you have the drive to succeed, the support of an excellent organization, and the determination to learn new things.

Career Progression

I was hired as an Operator in Material Reprocessing in May of 2017. Within a few months, I secured a position in Algoma’s millwright apprenticeship program, completing rotations in the Plate & Strip Mill, Central Trades, Ironmaking, Coke, Utilities and the Coldmill. With my Red Seal in hand, I went on to work as a mechanical maintenance technician in the Central Trades Group until November 2021 when I was offered the Temporary Planner position with Central Trades.  In March 2022, I accepted a posting for Planner in the 166” Hot Mill.  This is a full-time permanent position and I have really enjoyed making it my own.

Whether on the tools or in the office, there are always new challenges. It keeps it interesting and working as a planner has allowed me to apply my Millwright experience while gaining valuable skills in project planning, inventory, purchasing and contractor management.

What are the more challenging aspects of your job?

Right now, we are implementing the modernization project. New equipment to learn, new plans for maintenance, and developing a thorough understanding of all of the intricacies of the new machinery has been both challenging and rewarding.

Can you recall a project you found particularly interesting / satisfying?

I have been actively engaged in the modernization project. Working with the department technical specialist, and the technology supplier, I was given the opportunity to lead the development of preventative maintenance plans for the new leveler as well as the primary descaler.

How would you describe the work culture?

The work environment is extremely diverse with many people offering their own valuable expertise and history with the organization.  The culture change initiative taken on by Algoma this year has brought a new way of doing business for us all.  It has been exciting to be part of the pilot implementation at the Hot Mill.

Sault Ste. Marie offers great quality-of-life opportunities.  How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

I enjoy camping, softball, riding my dirt bike and spending time with family and friends on St. Joe’s Island.

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