If there’s one person who knows the ins and outs of all things Quality Assurance here at Steel America, it’s our QA/QC manager Russell Gray. Russell oversees inspectors, ensures all inspections are accomplished thoroughly, accurately, and on-time, and actively participates in research on codes within the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and American Welding Society (AWS). His extensive background in QA/QC makes him an essential asset to the Steel America team. One of the core values at C.S.I and Steel America is “family” – we took a few minutes to sit down with Russell and get his insight on Steel America and learn more about him.
How long have you worked for Steel America/Colonna’s Shipyard?
“I’ve worked for Steel America since 2009.”
What does a typical work day look like for you?
“I come in, meet with my boss to discuss the plan of the day, then meet with my guys to talk specifically about their tasks for the day. Then I’m under a mountain of paperwork.”
What do you like most about working here?
“I like how everyone is willing to let you do you job. They let you run with your ideas.”
What do you find most challenging about working at Steel America?
“Definitely the variety of codes we work in accordance with. All different codes. All weird too. The are just dissimilar enough to cause problems.”
How has Steel America helped you in your career development?
“It has made me a better manager. Between the volume, variety, and re-organizations I have grown to be a better manager.”
If you could switch your job with anyone else within our company, whose job would you want?
“Nobody. I like doing what I do.”
What advice do you have for prospective new employees?
“As a whole – be prepared and be flexible. Know what the company does before you come in for an interview. In the QA world specifically – bring documentation for any skills and certs. A lack of documentation proving your skills can be the difference between being hired or not.”
What has been your favorite project since being here, and why?
“Probably Caisson Boston. I liked the historical aspect and the magnitude of the project,”
What are three words you would use to describe Steel America?
“Agile. Competitive. Detailed.”
When you aren’t at work, what is your favorite thing to do to decompress/have fun?
“Listening to music. I listen to whatever Pandora throws my way.”
Do you have a personal motto or quote you live by?
“Extra effort requires no skills.”
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I was kind of floaty as a child. I never really wanted to be anything specific. Rich… comfortable.”
People would be surprised if they knew… (i.e. speak more than one language, hidden talents)
“I spent 8 years as an intelligence analyst.”