Meet Melissa Williams, who is a Millwright working on the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Melissa’s role is to make sure the pipeline and facilities are well maintained and in good repair – a job she’s been doing for 20 years.

What does your job entail?

I do maintenance work at the Burnaby Terminal, which includes maintenance and making repairs as needed. The facility gets a lot of use so we make sure everything is kept up to date. We’re well trained and are always looking at better ways to do our jobs to best maintain things.

We do computer maintenance tracking so every day I’m inspecting and maintaining the equipment onsite. This includes valves, pumps, piping, vents, scrubbers as well as assisting Operations with tank inspections and station maintenance.

What do you like about working here?

Everything. It’s a very interesting and diverse job, where I do something different every day. I work with really smart, good people who take pride in their work. We work well together. We all want to do a good job and find a better way to do it tomorrow.

Why is safety important?

Safety is important to me because it’s my job. I want to keep everyone who lives and works here safe. I live close by and have for most of my life. I want to make sure our community stays as gorgeous as it is.

Everything that affects the community affects me too. If I protect what happens here, I’m protecting the community. I want to make sure everyone realizes that we are safe and we always have been safe.

How do you put safety at the forefront?

Safety is ingrained in us. We take safety seriously and practice it every day. It’s all about being safe on the job and keeping this facility safe.

Everyone around here is a neighbour or a friend or somebody we deal with regularly, so it’s important that everyone stays safe. I’ve worked in a few locations along the line and it’s the same safety culture everywhere. Our number one goal is to make sure the pipeline is maintained and operating safely on a daily basis.

What do you want the public to know about this operation?

I think it’s all about information. Everyone needs to learn as much as they can about what we do so they feel more comfortable – knowing that we do our best every day to keep the pipeline safe.

Our commitment to safety is apparent in the amount of training we take and the strict procedures we follow. Every day we look at different ways to improve safety. It is always at the forefront.

I take pride in my work and I spend every day being as safe as possible.