US Steel Canada Lake Erie Works
Utilities Tech (Former Employee) – Nanticoke, ON – 5 March 2013
With this employer I was required to work 12 hour rotating shifts. During a typical shift I would read the logs from the previous shift and do the various equipment inspections for the shift taking readings from high pressure steam turbines and other systems including HVAC, water, compressed air, oxygen, nitrogen and fuel. Additionally, we would work in teams for gas testing for confined space, safety lockouts for repairs. The role of a utilities tech is to ensure the flow of various energy systems to keep steel production going and find solutions to problems when systems break down and to lockout energy systems so that maintenance can be performed.
Management at this company is under a great deal of pressure to perform and there was often a lot of tension between the salaried management and the union employees. Additionally, there were often contract negotiation issues between the company and the union.
I did not fit in with my coworkers as the workforce as in the midst of turn over and a lot of retirements. I was the youngest person on the team.
The most difficult part of the job was dealing with the industrial dust and dirt, feeling jet-lagged from the rotating shift work as well as dealing with interpersonal politics.
The best part of this job was job stability between contracts, the health and medical benefits, and the rate of pay.
• great pay • benefits • pension
• conflict and tension between union employees and management • office politics