Jo Merkelbach, Turnaround Coordinator
Career counselling supports decisions
“I started as a B operator in 1979. I now coordinate the plant shut-down and start-up process. OCI Nitrogen’s two ammonia plants run day and night. Every two years, we shut them down for a thorough inspection. We call that a turnaround, and I coordinate it. I thought hard before accepting the position because it involves a lot of responsibility. Where there are normally three people working outside, there are 700 during a turnaround. OCI’s career counselling system was very helpful when I was deciding. They wanted an experienced employee in this position, and for me it was the perfect opportunity to switch from continuous shift work to the day shift.”
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