Get to know your Quality Assurance & Safety Specialist – James Golemiec
James Golemiec CRSP is our Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Assurance Specialist. We asked him some questions about himself and how he decided to choose this career path.
Tell us about your educational background?
James: I have a B.Sc. in biology and two separate, two-year university diplomas: one in Engineering and one in Education. I also recently completed a Diploma in OHS (3-years studying at nights and on weekends) and I passed the exam for Canadian Registered Safety Representative (CRSP).
What made you decide to go into this industry?
James: I have a background in the wire rope business as a sales development rep. for a competing firm. I knew nothing about wire rope when I made the decision to join the industry, but I had experience in steel making and several years’ experience selling to industry, so I took a chance.
Can you tell us about your work experience before joining Hercules SLR?
James: I was a science/ industrial arts teacher before going into engineering sales. Later I spent years selling high technology products for companies based in Toronto and in Chicago.
What made you want to transition into Quality Assurance and Safety?
James: Working for Maritime companies involves wearing various ‘hats’. When I started in engineering sales, one of my ‘additionally assigned tasks’ was to manage my company’s quality system, when one of our engineers quit. I dealt aerospace and electronics clients for injection molded plastics parts that we manufactured for them. I am detail-oriented, and a problem-solver, so managing a quality system came easily to me. My occupational health and safety role started 7 years ago, when I was hired by Hercules.
Why did you decide to work for Hercules SLR?
James: I already had the background in quality assurance and in the wire rope industry. At Hercules I have ‘internal customers’ and I still occasionally get to use my teaching skills.
Where have you traveled during your time as a Quality and Safety specialist for Hercules SLR?
James: In my first two years at Hercules, one of my tasks was to install and inspect life lines. This work sent me to natural gas plants in Alberta, where I climbed 60- foot external ladders. I also traveled to power generating stations in New Brunswick, to install life lines in hot, dust-filled coal storage silos. These are jobs that our inspectors do; it is varied work and a lot of the time… it’s just plain fun!
Now, I occasionally travel across Canada to conduct the annual internal quality audits and to accompany our external auditor during the annual ISO9001 surveillance audits.
Where have you enjoyed traveling to most for your job at Hercules?
James: We have branches in small towns in northern New Brunswick and large cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. I enjoy travelling in all provinces to perform audits at our branches. Every region is unique and our staff at each branch are always friendly and accommodating to me.
Is there anywhere that you would like to travel to in the future with Hercules SLR?
James: I haven’t been to some of the outlying branches in Ontario and it’s been a
while since I’ve been in New Brunswick and PEI. I would enjoy going to those areas.
Is there anything that you hope to accomplish during your career in the industry?
James: As companies like Hercules grow, their quality assurance and safety staff are generally expanded, to create improvements in product and service delivery and to improve their safety cultures.
The next step for someone in my position is to guide those improvements.
I also see Hercules performing external safety consulting for other companies, which is another profitable and growing area. I look forward to being in that more senior role, in the next few years.
Lastly, is there anything about you that most people would not know?
James: I’m a licensed pilot; I’ve owned many motorcycles over the years and I enjoy oil painting (My life goal is to be ‘passable’ at portraits).
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