This area is a diverse group consisting of 5 Valve Technicians, 2 Machinists, 3 Hand Welders, and 4 Rig Welders. These groups support all plants on the Nova Chemicals Joffre site. They offer specialty services for day to day maintenance as well as unit outages and Major Plant Turnarounds. They have also been involved with procedure development to perform critical work safer.
Below is a summary of each disciplines daily contributions to the sites requirements:
- Valve Technicians: This group supports site by re-building and hydro testing of Process Safety Devices such as; PRD’s, PSV’s, ERV’s etc. as well as hydro testing pressure envelope equipment as required. Despite the majority of the valve shop work being executed in the shop, equipment which has been serviced always presents the potential of residual chemical hazards; these hazards are identified and controlled as part of day to day operation. Site process units also rely upon the valve shop to aid in trouble shooting equipment and this requires the technicians to deploy to the live plant locations on short notice.
- Machinists: This group supports site by manufacturing precision parts and components for completing repairs to existing process equipment. The ability to work with a variety of materials, from specialty plastics to exotic alloys provides the site with custom matching solutions thus reducing equipment and process downtime.
- Welders: This group supports site by completing all welding activities that the units are requesting either out on live operating plant around operating processes, or at the central shop. Despite which locations they are working in, each will present multiple hazards, which include but are not limited to; welding within Confined Spaces, at elevated heights, and within Hazardous locations.
These activities are just some of the tasks that these highly skilled team members complete on a daily basis. With each new day, they will encounter new challenges and obstacles that will test their abilities and mind sets. The past 8 years has proven that this group is able to overcome the many challenges and obstacles each and every time they are presented. These groups have contributed to the success of maintaining all units on the Nova Chemicals Joffre Site. Please join me to congratulate them for their achievement.
On Behalf of Rayden Williams Site Services/Manpower Coordinator & TA Manager.