One of the many faces of BlueScope, Mick is a dedicated operator at BlueScope's Western Port site in Hastings, Victoria, and has seen various changes in the industry.
When did you start at BlueScope and what is involved in your role?
I’m a machine operator here on MCL4, where we basically take the steel to make Zincalume, prior to it being painted and turned into Colorbond. I’ve been at Hastings for nearly eight years and for seven years prior to that at Lysaght in Lyndhurst.
Why did you apply for a job here?
I’m a mechanic by trade but I changed trades to shift work, making optical fibre. After that closed up, a vacancy came up at Lyndhurst, so I was there until they installed all the roll-forming machines and loading trucks, then I changed down to here. I wanted to get into the 12-hour shifts, because I find that it’s better-suited to my lifestyle.
What has been one of the challenges that you’ve faced in your work?
There is certainly a lot more automation going on and there are more digital drives that run the rolls. The current machinery fits a process that is a lot more automated than it used to be, so it’s about being able to adjust to new ways of working.
What advice would you give to people who are considering a role with BlueScope?
It’s a good company to be with but shift work is not for everybody. Be sure that it suits you and don’t miss out on sleep—it’s so important. That’s my long-term tip!
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