The July edition of the Excavator is now available for your reading pleasure.
Message from the President
Rain, Rain, go away, we have had our fill for now! LOL
Well it is already mid-July, summer is half over unfortunately and I don’t think it has been over 25 degrees for more than 3 days in a row! Oh well, hopefully August is a heater and everyone gets to enjoy some family and friend time at their favorite camping or lake spot this year. The economy is terrible so we may as well enjoy some extra vacation time this year while a person can.
Looks like we finally have all 3 Enbridge pump stations kicked off in the Fort McMurray area. Delays due to fires, materials and operations troubles have set us back a couple of months but we are all glad to be finally going with 3 crews on those projects.
New tender opportunities continue to roll into the Red Deer office to be bid on which is keeping our estimating team busy, unfortunately our batting average isn’t very high this year in comparison to previous years. Hopefully things will turn around for fall work and we can find a couple larger projects to work on and keep some more people and equipment working.
I wish I had more positive news and could tell everyone we landed a huge job but unfortunately I can’t do that this month but I will try hard for next month! Stay safe, stay positive and be happy for the work we do have as I am sure there are others less fortunate out there.
Cheers to all!
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From Greg’s Desk….
What a gorgeous spring we have been having; record temperatures, great working conditions, little to no mud and so far, not much for mosquitoes and bugs either. Thankfully, over the last week we have got some much needed rain and cooler temperatures to help with the fires that are raging across Alberta. Unfortunately, our crews had to be evacuated from the Lynton Station just south of Fort Mac but we look forward to getting the green light so we can return and get back to work.
Bitzy and crew are busy installing water and sewer lines for additional campsites at Hardisty Lake Park. Our Crushers are busy with some contracts to fill. Virden keeps finding odds and ends and some fairly steady maintenance and Eldon’s crew keeps busy around Hardisty with odd jobs on a regular basis.
I wish it was busier and we had twice as much work as we do, but these economic times have unfortunately hit us hard like everyone else in Alberta. In Red Deer, we will continue to bid and look for any work we can possibly find to keep us busy through the spring and summer months but right now it looks like this summer is going to be a slow one. I am hoping that the fall comes around with stronger oil prices and along with those stronger oil prices, some projects that finally get kicked off.
Enjoy the weather. Put your sunblock on. Drink LOTS of water. Do your task cards. Do your job safely and be happy you are working!
We are extremely proud to announce that we secured one of the two Olympic Trials Berths that were awarded this season, for the 2017 Olympic Trials to be held in Ottawa! The first berth went to the Canada Cup winner in December, which was Team Homan from Ottawa. The second spot was to go to the Scotties winner IF they medalled at the World Championship. Unfortunately this years Team Canada came in 4th at the Worlds, so that spot was awarded to the highest ranked team on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) ..and that was US!! We are so thrilled that our hard work paid off. We started the season out perhaps a little slower than some may have anticipated, but we were really taking the time to try new things and to challenge ourselves with some new technical skills. We all know that in business, life and sport that changes just don’t come over night! But, with those changes, Team Jones finished the second half of the season extremely strong! Starting in January, Winning the Skins game, and the Continental Cup propelled us to capturing a Bronze at the Nationals. We finished 2nd at the Players Championship earning us 2nd on the Rogers Cup points. Finally in our last Major Grand Slam of the season in a field of this seasons event champions, we claimed the title as the first Champions Cup Champions!
It was a wonderful way to end our competition schedule.
We are now looking forward to a summer of training in the gym, and on ice.
Jennifer is also expecting her second child at the end of August! Perfect timing as we will most likely require a spare for just our first event of the season in September.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a major part of our journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics. We could not have earned our spot in the 2017 Olympic Trials this season with out you!
We are looking forward to challenging ourselves this off season in the gym with our trainers and nutritionist, mentally with our sport psychologist, as well as tactically/technically on the ice with our coaches. We have big plans and preparations in store for the next year and a half leading up to the Olympics, and we would love to be able to continue our partnership with GCS Energy Services.
Thank you again!
Kaitlyn & Team Jones ( Jennifer, Jill & Dawn)
Thanks to all employees involved in loading the sea cans GCS and Copp’s are sending to evacuees today!
ABOUT THE JOB:
The Project Manager is responsible for the execution of one or more civil projects in accordance with a valid, executed contract, company policies & procedures and work instruction
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Establishes and maintains the relationship between the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and the Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS) for the entire project and applies change management as required.
- Provides cost reports, spend profiles and other costs status reports to project stakeholders and Project Management Team (PMT). Establishes and maintains a CBS to monitor budgets and other parameters forcomplete project scope based upon approved estimates.
- Analyzes cost data, physical progress data and schedule data in order to calculate project cost forecasts.
- Gathers timely and accurate incurred costs (value of work done) data from construction team, contractors and other associated groups in order to facilitate monthly accrual process.
- Implements risk and contingency management procedures on the project and coordinates/reviews risk and contingency status with the PMT.
- Assists in development of job function procedure with appropriate flow chart and work instructions and ensure stakeholders are aware of procedure.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Minimum CET designation with 3 years’ experience or Civil Engineering Degree.
- Excellent English communication skills with good organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Able to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and entering information.
- Uses good decision-making skills and a willingness to accept responsibility for decisions made.
- Valid driver’s license Able to travel and adhere to work schedule for the project duration. GCS offers great wages, benefits, and respect for every employee. Our progressive, team-focused company culture is something you will want to experience. Send your resume, applicable training tickets, and work references to email@example.com or fax 780-888-2100. Visit www.gcsenergy.ca for more job postings and information. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
ABOUT THE JOB: Work Location: Various jobsites across the prairies. Workers must be able/willing to transfer to other jobsites as site needs change and have own transportation to do so.
Wage: $22 per hour. Overtime at time and a half paid per Labor Standards Workshift: Usually 10 days on 4 days off with 10 to 12 hours per day. Shifts may vary by jobsite
Living Allowance: Paid for jobsites that are more than 100 km from the worker’s permanent address. Allowance ranges from $110 to $210 per work day. Camp jobs are not typically available.
Job Description: Performs all tasks of general, physical labor such as: shovel, rake, general housekeeping, erect traffic control, snow fence or barricade systems and perform site cleanup as assigned by site supervisor. Assists equipment operators to clean tracks and fuel/grease heavy equipment (dozer, hoe, grader, etc.). Operates plate tampers/jump jacks and hand tools. Performs spotting duties for equipment and trucks according to training provided by GCS. Laborers MUST have good written and verbal English skills, be able to hear instructions and see work activities/hazards. This is physical, outdoor work in a potentially dusty / noisy environment.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Must have valid certifications for: – Ground Disturbance, 201 Standard, – Standard First Aid with Level A or C CPR, – H2S Alive (ticket issued by Enform), – CSTS-09 training will be provided by GCS.
- GCS will reimburse workers for the cost of these courses on the worker’s second full pay cheque provided that original receipts are provided and training was obtained within 3 months prior to hire or during active employment.
- Must attend full day orientation in Hardisty, AB prior to being assigned to the jobsite.
- All workers must pass pre-access drug & alcohol testing at orientation and adhere to drug & alcohol policy during employment.
- Must supply own fire retardant coveralls (Nomex 3a or equivalent material) and steel-toed CSA approved workboots with 8 inch ankle support (all other safety equipment will be provided by GCS).
- Must have a valid driver’s license and provide a driver’s abstract at orientation. Must have own transportation to/from worker parking and at start/end of workshift as company transportation to/from your home is not provided. Jobsites are not usually located within towns or cities so public transportation is not available. Note that Living Allowance is paid to assist workers with the cost of living away from home. GCS pays wages and subsistence bi-weekly but the worker must be able to cover own expenses between/until scheduled pay days as pay advances are not available. GCS offers great wages, benefits, and respect for every employee. Our progressive, team-focused company culture is something you will want to experience.
Send your resume, applicable training tickets, and work references to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 780-888-2100. Visit www.gcsenergy.ca for more job postings and information. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.