Unique Skillset Takes Metallurgist
by Melody Glasgow
11 December 2019
first entered school for welding technology – one of only two women in my
technical program – I would never have thought I would earn my master’s degree
in metallurgical engineering and that my skills would take me to places like Chile, China, New Zealand, Australia, the U.S. and Eastern Canada.
mentors, hard work, and a supportive work environment, the opportunities I’ve
had in my metallurgical career have been endless.
I joined the
ESCO division of Weir in 2007 and worked with the corporate metallurgy group
for about 10 years before working as the interim technical manager in the
division’s Port Coquitlam plant. As the welding specialist on the team, I spent
a lot of time visiting fabrication facilities to conduct audits and help our
international teams streamline their processes.
In 2012, I
traveled to Chile to support the technical and operations teams to start up
their plant. We helped train their melters and metallurgists, and provided
technical advice on heat treatments, day-to-day quality questions and process
metallurgist, my expertise is in steel alloys. I adjust the composition and the
elements to create materials with properties desirable for the metal products that
we design and manufacture, figure out the best way to heat treat them, and also
how to weld for repair and fabrication.
Engineer, Smati Chupatanakul (left), Chris Oldfather, now retired, and
Metallurgist Melody Glasgow formed
“The Alchemists” in Portland to take on the
2016 Engineering Challenge, an ESCO division tradition now in its 16th year.
my career in welding, I have always enjoyed learning about the metals we work
with and how we can improve their chemical or structural metallurgy to develop
a stronger, more resilient product for our customers.
lucky throughout my career at Weir ESCO to have been mentored by some of the
smartest and most supportive folks in the industry. Rodney Brown, Randy Green,
Robin Churchill, Liz DiLoreto, and Daniel Widlund have all encouraged me to
explore new paths and increase my technical competence. For a company that has
been making the highest quality products in our industry for over 100 years,
mentorship and sharing industry best practices are vital. Often, the people who
have been around for decades learned from their mentors, and their mentors
we are focused on sharing what’s worked for decades, while keeping a steady eye
toward the future. Today, I’m proud to say I’m one of three female
metallurgists within the ESCO division, a rarity for those of us working in
such a male dominated field. I’m grateful not only for the technical advice
I’ve received from mentors, but also for their guidance as I’ve grown into my
new role in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
ago, I moved to Port Hope to manage a two-person team. In that short time,
we’ve grown our team to five people, who have expertise in methods, quality
assurance, melting, and metallurgy. Coming into the role with limited
management experience, I’ve learned quite a bit, not only about how to lead a
growing team, but also how to embrace the Eastern Canadian culture.
Career experiences at Weir ESCO for Melody Glasgow, middle, have afforded her the opportunities to
a supportive team, shown here, and allowed her to continue developing her own skills as a metallurgist.
to the career development opportunities I’ve had through international travel,
I’ve enjoyed that working for a leading international company like Weir has
exposed me to communities and cultures I otherwise would never have come into
contact with. For example, right now I play for the local rugby club in Cobourg,
a town of 19,000 people in Ontario. I’ve
also started competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
opportunities I’ve been afforded at Weir ESCO – managing my own team, living
abroad and growing in my metallurgical expertise – are reflective of a culture
that supports its team members. In my time here, I have watched the company
grow, modernize, diversify and, most recently, embrace change with open arms as
we joined Weir. I look forward to seeing where the company – and my
metallurgical expertise – take me next.