Day in the Life: Faron – Plant Manager

Posted September 29, 2010 by Blog AdministratorDay in the Life

“Hi, I’m Faron Ritz. If you decide to work in the oilfields, you’ll probably use some of the supplies and equipment my company sells. The plant I supervise here in Blackfalds, Alberta, manufactures storage tanks, pressure vessels and piping for oil and gas companies.

Most people in my job have business degrees, but I took a different route, starting as a journeyman welder. Five years ago I started my own welding business and worked for NWP as a contractor. When they offered me a full-time job as plant manager, I took it because I wanted a job with more status and responsibility. In retrospect, I made the right decision. I like being in charge of my own destiny.

Having that responsibility means I usually work 10 or 12 hours a day, and I often come into the plant on weekends. However, I can arrange to take time off in the afternoon to go to my daughter’s music competitions.

I love what I do. Manufacturing is an extension of me. It’s rewarding when I see our profitability go up and our product quality improve.”

Company: NWP Industries

Location: Moose Jaw, SK

Base Salary Range: $78,000 – $148,000. Many companies also offer additional compensation in the form of an annual bonus.

Education: A business degree or equivalent on-the-job experience Advancement: Scope for the individual to expand his/her job responsibilities.

Salary, education and advancement may vary from company to company.