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Old 03-27-2017, 09:44 PM   #41
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Different parts of our trade define different attributes that make up an "indispensable" employee. Busting ass may help you during new construction. Good, consistent troubleshooting skills during service calls makes for employee of the month material.

In my industrial corner of our world, the ability to make solid (read that as correct), knowledgeable and effective decisions quickly in the face of adversity keeps me in a big office making pretty damn decent money.

There is little time to schedule a meeting when an iron furnace suffers a burnout. Or when a switchgear pops off line that feeds the now stuck overhead crane with a crucible of molten aluminum dangling off the hook. Or when an 8" process water line suddenly bursts overhead- the one that cools the holding furnace and its inductor. Or what to do first, second and third when an employee falls off of a work platform and is screaming in pain.

Remaining cool and calm when all hell breaks loose makes you a very valuable asset to a company. There also seems to be a reversing trend going on in heavy industrial work. The trend of getting rid of the old guys that make too much money to replace them with the new kids has backfired to a very noticeable degree. The wisdom and experience we old farts gained under fire all those years just cannot be taught in any school. I am on the backside of my career, yet I am still called upon by old employers from time to time with offers to "mentor" new pups fresh out of school. Yeah, the ones that will take over the world when it's their turn.

Irreplaceble? Nah. None of us are. If I fell over dead tomorrow, the company would go on. They might have a hiccup or two, but they'd go on.

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Old 03-28-2017, 07:41 AM   #42
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There also seems to be a reversing trend going on in heavy industrial work. The trend of getting rid of the old guys that make too much money to replace them with the new kids has backfired to a very noticeable degree. The wisdom and experience we old farts gained under fire all those years just cannot be taught in any school.
Agreed, my father retired 2 years ago as a plant manager and they still fly him up to NYC to work for a few weeks here and there to get things straightened out. They would have him back full time at a very nice salary if he were so inclined, but he prefers beach life now...
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Agreed, my father retired 2 years ago as a plant manager and they still fly him up to NYC to work for a few weeks here and there to get things straightened out. They would have him back full time at a very nice salary if he were so inclined, but he prefers beach life now...
Contract basis employees are great and salary is close, not having to pay benefits along with salary is the boost to their plans.
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