Chelsey Reschke

Chelsey Reschke

Occupation Vice President, Coating Division, Keymay Industries

Describe a typical day

Providing protective coating field services is a new division within Keymay as of November 2013; so we are building everything from the ground up. The first step with this division was to create awareness of our services within our existing pipeline clients and in order to do so, we hosted a large open house in December. From there we were flooded with bid requests, some of which were for major projects kicking off in a few years! The first few months were filled with ordering equipment, establishing our safety program, hiring our crews and determining which market to focus our R&D efforts on.

We are now working on our fourth major project and establishing a foundation and routines, yet I still can’t say a day is “typical” in any way for me. Throughout the week I visit the sites of our current projects, respond to quotation requests for future work, report progress to clients and meet with Keymay’s executives to discuss upcoming manpower and equipment requirements. The bidding process is my favorite at the moment, although nerve wracking at times, as it relies on your ability to plan for production outputs in varying seasons and account for the slightest deviation or condition that could arise during the project execution. Because I have a technical background in Quality Assurance and Coating Inspection, I’m responsible for building and refining our Quality Management System, which is vital to our eligibility as a contractor for major projects (on the scale of $1B and larger).

Proudest accomplishments both in and outside of work.

I’m most proud of taking a job on an overseas pipeline project in 2012,leaving behind the familiar for a while. It had crossed my mind a few times during the hiring process that I surely wasn’t “qualified enough” for such a large role; something I was guilty of thinking during the early stages of my career. Luckily, at that time I was reading “No Excuses” by Gloria Feldt and I just winced to think I could be so foolish as to take a “step back”, as she calls it, rather than pursue something I knew I truly wanted.  It was an invaluable experience to live in an isolated environment where I could no longer rely on my support network when things got stressful, and I ended up doing wonderful job on the project, despite my initial reservations about my experience. In that same year I earned a couple valuable professional designations as well, so it was a real time of personal growth for me.

 

Thoughts on the future of the industry as it relates to your field.

All I can say is, if you’re thinking about a technical or managerial role in the corrosion field, dive in head first! There are numerous opportunities to enter at the field level and transition into a management/supervisory roles (not to say that staying in the field isn’t an excellent option as well). We are facing great need for corrosion specialists of all kinds. Corrosion engineering and those in the field who are performing the work are under greater regulation and scrutiny than ever before as protective coating and corrosion mitigation measures have become the focal point of asset integrity in the last 10 years. Virtually every forecast I’ve seen for the oil industry is calling for increased production, and the transportation of product (via pipeline infrastructure) is key to seeing the demands met. I truly believe that by enhancing the field of corrosion control we contribute to safer and more environmentally sound projects.

Current community involvement efforts.

I contribute to a network “Women to Women” that has formed an Angel Fund that finances start up and growth businesses using a similar format to the “Dragon’s Den”: presentation, followed by a question period driven by investors and then a business evaluation. I’ve met some really inspiring women at these events.

Why YWE?

I actually joined in the hopes of bringing more women into my field. “Lift as you climb” is a concept that was suggested to me by a close friend a few years ago and one which I now fully embrace; I want to see more of the talent pool migrate into pipeline construction. I look back to when I started pipelining and it was full of male mentors, which I’ll forever be thankful for, but there was certainly times where a female perspective would have been much appreciated. I think having a mix of male and female mentors is extremely important to our success in oil and gas.

What are you reading?

All In by Arlene Dickinson and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, both of which I highly recommend.