AWIC interviewed different local professionals for an inside look into their work. You can learn more about Inspectors and testers, mineral and metal processing (NOC 9415) through a detailed Career Profile.
Each day varies; my day typically starts by checking work order to see what you are running for the shift. Check to see if I need supplies, maintenance supplies to run smoothly for the shift. I always ensure work safety by checking gauges on all machines. Check in with operations to see how the day went and if everything went well. Start complying with standards for thread inspection.
There was no additional training need for the position. However, you do need a certain amount of hours until you are capable of ensuring the done inspection is done correctly and properly. You are trained with the amount of hours you have done. Working with computers and knowing how reading specs is also a large duty I have.
I’ve been a thread inspector since April 2021. I really enjoy physically working, this being working with my hands and being physically active. I enjoy the position because it seems to have a lot of different learning opportunities you can do. Also different positions you can learn to move around and expand your knowledge and career.
I am very good at multi tasking and I enjoy doing it. I also have the ability to follow patterns by staying consistent. Being willing to learn and physically capable to do different tasks.
There is lots to learn. However, learning to do tasks safely and make sure you are following all the health and safety rules is a big responsibility and is very important.
Seeing the people I have continued to at work and grow with. Growing a strong connection with the people I work with daily. This helps with better communication making sure things run smoothly. Growing positive relationships, and building teams.
Catching the pipe in case something is missed or if there is a flaw in the thread or the pipe itself. To ensure the pipe is in good quality. Catching the flaws in the thread as soon as possible.
Make sure your able to be alert for long hours and for every shift. Ready for different work tasks. To be good at multitasking for doing different duties. Learn all safety policies. Do not be afraid to try new things and ask questions.
Because Covid, I have to ensure I take my temperature before I come in for my shift. Mask wearing while working, washing my hands more often, social distancing and ensuring a clean work area.
It has been something I thought I would never have to experience. However, I learned to adapt to new policies. I am offered Covid rapid testing at any time; this makes me feel safe in the workplace.
There is always loss, struggling the pandemic and being thrown through different curve balls. Although, it has been a good way to learn to adapt to different situations. There is times where it was challenging with the stay at home order not being able to communicate with others outside of work and with your friends and family.
Being able to continue to work during the pandemic because I know lots of people don’t have jobs because of Covid so I feel very grateful being able to come to work. Also being able to be in the process of the production of the pipe that is used in places all over the world.
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