30 in 30 Podcast

Where we capture 30 years of mining experience in 30 minutes

Making Decisions and Holding Yourself Accountable

Guest: Tom Houston
Oct 22, 2019 | 37 min to Listen

With 47 years of experience since he started his apprenticeship, our guest today Tom Houston certainly has a lot of knowledge to share. An electrician by trade, Tom worked his way up through basically every role imaginable to move through to a maintenance manager position, and also senior management for central maintenance groups.

Tom was very interested in continuing study to better his skill set and has completed a great deal of post-trade study. He has worked in production roles and health and safety roles and believes that his time on both sides of the fence has given him a good holistic understanding of how to structure a successful site and this has contributed to his successes throughout the years.

We’re sure that you will take plenty of learnings from this conversation and this will give you the knowledge to employ the insights learned here in your organizations to get more from your assets.

For more resources and information, head to the Bluefield Asset Management website. To learn more about getting the most out of your assets, grab a copy of Gerard’s book Simplifying Mining Maintenance.

Some Topics That We Cover

  • When monitoring your equipment, use gear to track the trends and track the issues over time
  • Working together as one team – doing your budgets together, being aware of your common goals
  • How to reduce costs in an economic downturn
  • Figuring out what you can shift from fixed time to interval when maintaining equipment and working with budget constraints
  • Engaging the sites and the OEM’s
  • Important decision making processes and holding yourself accountable
  • To be a good leader takes courage