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PMG Technician Spotlight: Dana J. – Shift Lead

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PMG Technician Spotlight Dana J.

How long have you been working in manufacturing?

I’ve been in manufacturing most of my adult life. I spent about half of my career in municipal government and about half in manufacturing. Last 10 years has been all about manufacturing. I’ve worked in food, medical, automotive, a little bit of everything.

What drew you to the trade?

I’ve always liked warehouse work and machine operating. That kind of work comes easy to me and it’s good money. These projects give me lots of opportunities to grow my skills and knowledge. I get trained up on different machines and different positions and processes. I’ve even learned how to train and lead now as a shift lead. I really like improving myself and the company I’m working with.

Have you had any formal training?

Nothing formal really. It has mostly been on the job training. I try to apply what I learn to other jobs so all that training follows me from job to job. I’ve gotten really good at being able to learn from observation and then apply that knowledge down the road.

What are some career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

I always put my job first when I’m on assignment. I’m very big on punctuality and attendance. I try to get up early and get there early. I’m always starting my day ahead that way.

How did you first learn about PMG?

I knew someone that was already working with PMG and they told me they thought this would be a life changing opportunity. Some people get nervous about road work but that wasn’t something I was worried about, so I decided to give it a try. Now, 27 months later, I’m still here on my first assignment (after accepting several extensions) and I couldn’t be happier I did!

What do you like most about working for PMG?

The steady work. I’ve been able to be on this same assignment for 27 months. I’ve learned a lot and met people from all over the world. I’d worked projects before PMG but I’d never traveled for those projects. I really like being able to see the world and work at the same time. PMG makes the traveling really easy too.

Before working at PMG, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

The most unusual job I had before PMG was working in a food production warehouse. In the summer it could be 100 degrees but in the freezer section you would still need to be wearing full coveralls. I froze to death in the middle of the summer.

What is one thing you miss or wish you had with you while on the road with PMG?

My children are grown so I’m not leaving a lot behind family-wise. Mostly I just miss the weather back in North Carolina more than anything. My first winter here in Iowa was a real eye-opener with all the sub-zero weather and snow.

When you’re not working, what sort of hobbies do you like to do in your free time?

I like to take a walk or ride my bike. I even bought a bike here on assignment to get around town and explore. Also, I like reading and watching movies. I’m big on horrors and mysteries and thrillers. I like anything suspenseful.

What is something fun you’re looking forward to in 2021?

I had to cancel my 2020 vacation so I’m looking forward to taking my first real time off in 2 years. I’m also looking forward to getting to the beach. I haven’t been there in a long time.

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