Excitement, to Karl, is “seeing many people with different skill sets working together to achieve a common goal” which makes his role as project manager perfect for this stage of his career. Each project has Karl working with a project management team that includes the construction crew, plant supervisors and support staff. His role takes him to many different areas of the operation from the underground mines to surface plants to water treatment plant. His time in the field, in meetings and in the office varies daily.
He takes his accountabilities very seriously. “It’s my responsibility to ensure the scope of work is successfully completed. The costs, the scheduling — it all has to be on budget and on time. At the same time, I have to ensure the right resources, including people, supplies and contracts are available at the right time. Projects rarely go without hiccups, but where there’s a will there’s a way. I work well under pressure, so it’s a job that suits me,” he said.
Each day is different, he says, with different challenges, different opportunities and more education. “Education is a constant thing. I am learning a lot from my job, as you have to develop a lot of skills sets not taught directly in university,” he explained. He plans on using his career education to become an operational supervisor while taking his MBA. His ultimate goal is to enter the management stream of the business he finds so intriguing.
His career also affords him some interesting vacations. His next planned trip will include working on a Habitat for Humanities build in Paraguay. “It gives me a chance to use my skills, education and hands to give back to someone less fortunate,” he explained. But it will not be all work, as a white water rafting adventure in Peru is also on the holiday itinerary.