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Samip Subedi

Samip Subedi

Maintenance Manager

Samip Subedi

Maintenance Manager

About Me

More Info:

  • Address: Rochester New York USA
  • Age Group: 30-45 years
  • Education Level: Bachelor
  • Faculty: Mechanical Engineering
  • Job Title: Maintenance Manager
  • Salary Range: $80,000 - $120,000 / per annum
  • Experience: 6 to 8 years

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What is the best career option for a maintenance engineer after 3 years of work experience?

Published on Feb-2019

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Q&A’s with Samip Subedi

How did you start your career in this field?

I started my career in the chemical industry after graduating from university with mechanical engineering undergraduate degree. I liked the lean manufacturing systems Toyota way systems courses so it helped me decide that manufacturing industries was what I wanted to do. Right before I graduated, I started applying for jobs and it happened to be DuPont who offered me the first job. This made me start my career in chemical industry.

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What do you like and dislike about your job?

I hate how remote manufacturing sites are usually located at. I also dislike the lack of diversity in workspace. Manufacturing industry is also very slow in career progression. I like that the work environment is lax compared to other high paying work environments. You relatively have a lot of freedom as an engineer to solve different engineering problems. You will get to juggle a lot of things.

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Describe your typical day at work?

I typically get to work at 7 am and go to daily meeting directly. I check my emails and catch up with different work requests. I review what happened last night and see if things need to be addressed that day. I look at my calendar for all the meetings I have for the day. I talk to all the personnel who report to me to make sure they know what to do that day. I order parts, catch up with purchase orders and invoicing, I work on engineering problems to solve, go to different meetings. Do a lot of paperwork regarding design changes, compliance and reporting etc.

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What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?

Living in the middle of nowhere and small cities.

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What are the skills/licenses/trainings required for this role?

Engineering degree undergraduate at least. Things that add value are PMP certification, Six Sigma certifications, Lean Manufacturing understanding, understanding of Pumps, pipes, heat exchangers, tanks, gaskets, nuts and bolts etc

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How is the work life balance?

It’s pretty good. Depending upon the week you work anywhere from 45 to 60 hours.

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How many hours do you typically work productively each day?

About 6.5 to 9 hours depending upon the length of the day.

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What has been some of the pleasant and unpleasant surprises about your career so far?

Unpleasant: How conservative and boring your coworkers are. How long it takes to get promoted. Pleasant: How fast you can increase your pay!

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What would you recommend to people thinking about pursuing this career?

Unless you are a country boy who likes fixing your own truck and don’t have big ambitions this is the job for you! If you like a relatively easy and predictable life with a job that pays decent this I the career for you!

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What is the typical geographical location for this type of job?

Middle of nowhere or small and third tier cities except Houston!

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How does job security look like in this field?

Job is quiet secure of you work for a good established company like DuPont, Dow, BASF. Companies that have been around for 100 plus years.

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How stressful is the job? How do you interact with your co-workers on and off the job?

It gets really stressful when equipment keep on breaking and you don’t know what really is going on. It seems like everything breaks at once. If you work for a plant that has bunch of compliance issues, it can be really stressful. If you work for an old and about fall apart plant, it can be really stressful as well.

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Does the industry typically sponsor immigration proceedings?

Very few companies sponsor immigrants.

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What are the common misconceptions about this job?

It’s cool being an engineer. In reality engineers are work horses and they are given every job that other people can’t or won’t do. You have to deal with a lot of paperwork. You won’t get to be really creative as every change will require mountains of paperwork and many approvals.

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Is there anything else you want to share?

This industry is filled with inefficiencies and incompetent people. If you want to hustle and are clever, you can make good money.

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