Employee Spotlight – MEGAN BAIRD
Production Weld Inspector
Megan Baird has been a part of the PESCO team for 3 years. She contributes an element of spunk, creative interest, and exceptional attention to detail.
After taking a few years to invest in the vital role of becoming a mom, Megan was ready to get back into the workforce. PESCO gave her the opportunity she needed.
Megan was an experienced welder and weld inspector. To refresh her skills, she participated in PESCO’s first Welding Bootcamp at San Juan College. Upon successful completion of the bootcamp, Megan took a position as a welder’s helper at PESCO’s La Plata site. When the opportunity arose, she volunteered to head up the K123 house project hoping it would lead to other opportunities. Her strategy proved accurate, and in a short time, she moved on to building skids at PESCO South. When the COVID-19 shutdowns began, there were several cutbacks. Megan’s position was halted, and she was laid-off. Determined to continue working at PESCO, she applied for various positions as they became available. After a strong recommendation from Megan’s former supervisor at PESCO South, she was offered a new position. She came on as a parts welder. Megan moved around to a few other projects, including work on the BayoTech Prototype, before moving into her current position.
In her role as a QC Inspector, she undertakes weld inspections for departments including Weld Assembly, Code Weld, and Parts Weld. In addition, Megan’s position requires that she verify that raw materials meet specifications before they are used in the welding process. She also tracks and updates welding qualifications.
When asked what she appreciates about PESCO, she said she “I enjoy the friendly culture where people know your name and take an interest in you as a person. Everyone is approachable. No one here is too important to be engaging and I appreciate that I am greeted by name.”
She is grateful for the independence she has gained since working for PESCO. After a difficult divorce, Megan was left to build from the ground up. Her dad helped her find a place to rent and her mom gave her a vehicle. Working at PESCO has enabled Megan to purchase her own home and vehicle, providing stability for her and her daughter. She says her daughter is thriving and is part of the gifted program at school.
Megan is also an artist. Some of her art pieces are on display at PESCO South in the Engineering Office. Before coming to PESCO, Megan used her talent to produce ISO Location Drawings for various businesses in the oil and gas industry.
When asked about the culture of PESCO, Megan expressed gratitude for the intentionality toward developing leaders. She said, “Just because you get a promotion, it isn’t taken for granted that you know everything. Books are recommended to help people become better leaders.” She went on to talk about the quality of life that a person experiences when they are happy at their job. PESCO’s employees are, for the most part, happy because they are treated with respect and are valued. This in turn impacts their family and community lives, enabling employees to build better futures.
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