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Hot Strip Mill Operations ManagerJan 2005 to Oct 2015
U.S. Steel - Fairfield, AL
  • Implemented the use of a modified roll chemistry to improve work roll life by 150%.
  • Develop and implement rolling procedures for new product lines and materials.
  • Supervised and scheduled 64 operations and maintenance personnel and 4 managers.
  • Developed and implemented training program for new operators.
  • Provided strong leadership and technical expertise to improve existing procedures and drive continuous improvement.
  • Modified existing operating procedures that reduced the mill cobble rate by 12%.
  • Planned utilization of facilities and personnel to improve operational efficiency and reduce cost. 
  • Assisted and guided maintenance workers in carrying out repair work during operating turns and planned outages.
Pickle Line Coordinating ManagerFeb 2001 to Feb 2005
US Steel - Birmingham, AL
  • Managed the Hot Mill and Pickle Line warehouse and shipping area which included all hot band rail and truck shipments.
  • Developed a new wringer roll that increased roll life by 150%.
  • Helped develop an acid heat exchanger upgrade for the pickle tanks that reduced raw acid use by 20%.
  • Supervised 43 employees and 2 managers.
  • Scheduled the pickle line and coordinated rolling schedules with the cold mill.
Quality Control ManagerFeb 1998 to Feb 2001
CMC Steel - Birmingham, AL
  • Project manager for the tensile lab upgrade that included rebuilding a Tinius Olsen 600,000 psi tensile machine and purchasing and installing a Bridgeport three axis mill.
  • Monitored all chemical and physical test processes in four labs.
  • Managed and supervised all levels of quality control.
  • Developed ISO procedures before the plant was ISO certified.
  • Performed internal and external audits while interfacing with suppliers, customers and all levels of management.
  • Provided technical and training assistance to inspectors and production workers.
  • Other mill experience Coating line shift manager Roll shop shift manager Rolling mill roller and operator Reheat furnace operator.
Rolling Mill Finishing SupervisorFeb 1989 to Feb 1998
CMC Steel - Birmingham, AL
  • Supervised 22 mill, shipping and finishing operators.
  • Created safe job procedures for 114 different mill functions.
  • Coordinated mill schedules with sales, shipping and planning.
  • Traveled with sales to resolve customer issues.
Managing PartnerFeb 2002 to Dec 2004
Champion Construction - Birmingham, AL
  • Increased sales by over 250% through referrals and advertising.
  • Created and implemented policies and procedures, which streamlined the production process and consistently met scheduled time objectives.
  • Managed 56 production and sales associates over a wide geographic area.
HOT STRIP MILL OPERATIONS MANAGER
A results oriented manager with a broad manufacturing background and experience in all areas of business management which includes business ownership and operation. A strategic and tactical thinker who is highly motivated, profit-oriented, and recognized for his ability to institute change and affect continuous improvement through involvement of all levels of the organization. Demonstrated leadership through judicious delegation, commitment through personal involvement and dedication by closely monitoring critical processes to ensure goal attainment. An ability to consistently produce quality products on time and within budget. Known to quickly absorb and apply new ideas and skills in new functions. Adept at recognizing business problems, organizing solutions using a cross-functional approach around clear, measurable goals and working hard to achieve them. Uses solid working relationships as a basis for business success and quickly establishes credibility with superiors, peers, subordinates, suppliers and customers.
  • Operations management
  • Supervision and training
  • Inventory control
Bachelor of Science, Operations Management1998The University of Alabama at Birmingham - Birmingham, ALOperations Management
acid, advertising, chemistry, Strong Interpersonal Skills, Excellent Communication, continuous improvement, external audits, ISO, leadership, materials, Mill, personnel, policies, processes, Profit, purchasing, quality control, sales, Self Starter, shipping, upgrade

Think of a cover letter and resume as the blueprint to a job in your chosen career.  Right now we’re talking specifically about the cover letter for a career in construction or as a fitter welder. It should be a brief, single-page letter that offers your personal contact information, outlines some of your experience, and explains why you’re interested and qualified for the job. According to many employment coaches, a cover letter should always be submitted with a resume unless the job posting specifically instructs you not to include one. When screening jobseekers, employers often use cover letters as the first phase to determine who should be interviewed and/or eliminated.  Let’s look at the three main sections that make up both a construction cover letter and a fitter welder cover letter.

Contact Information:

You are introducing yourself here. Same as a handshake, looking someone in the eye, and telling them your name. At the very top of the page, put your name, address, telephone number, and email address – preferably something tame.

After all, an email address like “[email protected]” may go over well with your friends, but it might send too casual a message to a prospective employer. When in doubt, consider creating a new job-hunting email address that only uses your name.

Some employment counselors suggest adding the company name, address and phone number, below your contact information. If you have the time and you can find it, add the name of the contact person, preferably the hiring manager.

If you’re sending an email cover letter, the guidelines change a bit.  Instead of listing your contact information at the top, put it underneath your typed signature.

Salutation and Body of the Cover Letter:

A salutation is the word(s) you use to address the person to whom you’re writing. The body is the portion of the cover letter where you get to highlight what you’ve done (experience), what you can do (skills), how you can be helpful to the company, why you deserve consideration, and some examples. It’s important to strike the right balance, show confidence but don’t brag. Summarize your skills instead of listing them – that’s what the resume is for.  Remember to mention the job you are applying for.

Review the job posting and connect what you have done to what the employer is asking.  Use keywords from the posting.

For instance, the job posting says:

  • “Must be able to work independently, must be a team player, must possess leadership skills.”

The cover letter should say:

  • “I was the team leader on several major fabrication projects, including the

10-story TCF Bank building in Edina, where I also worked independently as the sole welder on all counter work. That’s just one example of my experience as a team player, and ability to work independently to bring a project in on time and budget.

There are also things you should not include in your cover letter, such as untruths, negative comments about present or past employers, salary requirements, and personal information like your gender or marital status, to name a few.

Closing the Cover Letter:

Finally, be sure to leave a good impression, and request the opportunity to be interviewed or contacted again. Give some thought to the words used to actually close the letter, words such as, Sincerely, Sincerely yours, Regards, Best regards.

It’s a good idea to review sample cover letters on the Internet, find a format you like, and choose a template to use as your base.  Make sure you proofread your cover letter several times, and if possible, have someone else do it for you as well.  Nothing says “Don’t hire me,” quite like a letter sprinkled with missing, mangled, and misspelled words.

Here are three sample cover letters to give you ideas:

Good luck!

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