Making Over Maintenance
March 15-17, 2005
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Joel Leonard likes to call himself a maintenance evangelist, spreading the word about the need to recruit and retain maintenance staff. He cites sobering statistics, including one that predicts that the baby boom generation’s looming retirement in the next decade will result in a 40-70 percent loss of maintenance personnel.
“A critical issue is facing facility maintenance: a vacuum of skilled maintenance professionals,” says Leonard, a trainer for MPACT Learning Centers in Greensboro, N.C. “This has become more than just a seminar topic but a crusade.”
For several years, Leonard indeed has crusaded for this issue, conducting numerous workshops, meeting with government leaders and speaking at local schools, all in an effort to raise awareness of the need for skilled maintenance professionals. In 2004, Leonard brought his message to the National Facilities Management & Technology (NFM&T) conference and expo, where he and MPACT Learning president Pete Little presented a session titled “Averting the Maintenance Crisis.”
BK Upchurch, maintenance manager for Goerlich Exhaust Systems — an 800,000-square-foot automotive facility in Goldsboro, N.C — heard their message and acted.
“We were inspired to elevate our maintenance performance and transition from an emergency-driven to a more proactive department,” he says. “We have improved productivity, reduced downtime, elevated response time and improved morale.”
The transformation at Goerlich was so impressive that it received MPACT Learning’s Extreme Maintenance Makeover Award in recognition of the accomplishment.
“After witnessing their amazing achievements performed in just six weeks, we had to do something special to honor them, so we created this award,” Leonard says.
Upchurch’s progress will be detailed in Leonard’s presentation at the 2005 Maintenance Solutions Expo, where he and Little again will speak on the maintenance crisis.
In this session, attendees will receive detailed data on the extent and ramifications of this crisis, and will receive specific action items, proactive steps, tactics and techniques to minimize the affects on their operations. The session takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center on Tuesday, March 15, at 11 a.m.
Codes & Compliance track highlights regulatory updates and changes
The regulations and standards that affect maintenance and engineering departments often help ensure access to facilities, protect occupants, etc. But problems arise when facilities are caught off guard by a regulation or when compliance is burdensome. The Codes & Compliance track at Maintenance Solutions Expo will address existing and pending regulations and how to incorporate the requirements into operations. The following sessions are included in the track:
W2.08 — Wednesday, March 16, 10:15 a.m.
W2.10 — Wednesday, March 16, 10:15 a.m.
R1.10 — Thursday, March 17, 9:50 a.m.
T2.10 — Tuesday, March 15, 10 a.m.