Mobile Workshop - Unsung Heroes
ANYONE TAKING EVEN THE MOST CURSORY GLANCE AT TOMAGO ALUMINIUM GETS THAT, ON A SCALE OF ONE-TO-BIG IT RATES PRETTY HIGHLY.
Some have even likened it to a living, breathing thing with its various sections, production areas, administration centre and the like.
So what does that make the Mobile Workshop? “We’re a bit like blood flowing through the place – the lifeblood of the smelter,” says maintenance Manager Maurice Schneider.
Tomago, he adds, has some 200 pieces of mobile equipment. Forklift trucks, haulage trucks carrying crucibles of molten metal, industrial grade road sweepers and the maintenance of all of them falls within the jurisdiction of the 12-strong Mobile Workshop crew.
Maurice says the only time people talk about the mobile equipment is when there are problems with it. And these days, he adds, no one is talking about it very much and all of that is due to the efforts of the Mobile Workshop team.
“We have a meeting every morning and we talk about the mobile equipment and if there have been any problems. Mal Muddle, the Maintenance Superintendent, always has a contingency plan in place so if there are problems we can soon work out a way to deal with them,” Maurice said.
The team, which comprises diesel mechanics and an auto electrician, is a highly skilled unit.
“Primarily, these guys are a one-stop shop and they are always on the front foot.
“In the past 12 months some new equipment has been introduced and we have had commissioning issues. The crew has been finding ways to sort it out and they have been positive about it the whole time.
That positivity was rewarded in early July when the Mobile Workshop crew and their partners were rewarded by being taken to MacDonald Jones Stadium to see the Knights play the Wests Tigers.
The result might not have been what they were hoping for but it didn’t stop their enthusiasm for a great day out.
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