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Unique Skillset Takes Metallurgist 

Across the Globe


by Melody Glasgow

 

11 December 2019

 

When I 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.

 

With experienced 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 improvement.

 

As a 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.

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Metallurgical 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.

 

Beginning 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.

 

I’ve been 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 before them.

 

It’s clear 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.

 

Two years 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.


 

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Career experiences at Weir ESCO for Melody Glasgow, middle, have afforded her the opportunities to 

build a supportive team, shown here, and allowed her to continue developing her own skills as a metallurgist.
 

In addition 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.

 

The 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.