Multi-craft Maintenance Technician – Career Connections – WOSU

Multi-craft Maintenance Technician – Career Connections – WOSU


♪ Capital Resin manufactures
formaldehyde and resins. The formaldehyde
is used in many things as a preservative agent. My job
at Capital Resin Corporation includes many, many things. I’m a multi-craft
maintenance personnel, which enables me to work on any aspect
of the equipment. In the maintenance shop, I currently have
a job to do today. I have to reassemble
a vacuum pump. So I’ll be reassembling
that pump. If I get it done today, I’ll test it
and make sure it works, which I’m sure it will. There’s also some welding that I have to do
in the maintenance shop. I’ve got a dip pipe, something that goes
into one of our reactors that we make our resin in. I’ll be welding
on this new dip pipe we’re going to put
in our reactor. There’s also instrumentation
work I have to check on. There’s a temperature
that’s not reading correctly out in the plant. It’s nothing critical, but I do need
to check on it today if I have the opportunity. So we’ll be doing that. And there’s
a condensate pump motor that’s not running. I’ve got to go back
and troubleshoot this and find out
what its issue is. There’s also a little
machine work I need to do. I’ve got a shaft
that’s got a rough spot on it I need to clean up
in our lathe. [humming] When I started out working
in my career, I was fortunate
that I started out as a millwright
in construction. And from that, I went to a facility where they had
a maintenance contract. The first thing I know, they wanted me to work
in the welding shop. They needed someone
in the welding shop. I said,
“Sure, I’ll try it.” I went to the welding shop, and I was lucky
and fortunate, and excelled
at the practice of welding. Within six months,
I was able to get certified by the company
that I worked for at that time. I believe
high school students these days really need to start looking
for mentors– around their community,
around where they live, and through their school– that are craftsmen, and get to know
these craftsmen, and ask them if they
can go to work with them after school,
on weekends, so they can pick up
any skill that they can. And you should definitely,
if you want to do this, go to vocational school
in your high school years. And some schools,
I believe, have classes called OWE, or OWA– Occupational
Work Experience– where they get you started down the road
of this type of work, and that helps a lot. Accessibility provided by the
U.S. Department of Education.

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