- Shop Welders
- Machine Operators
- General Labourers
“All jobs are full-time and are located at all three locations: two shops in Borden-Carleton and our Head Office in the Borden-Carleton Industrial Park,” says Kristy Howatt.
“All welders are required to be CWB certified, but we are willing to train for all other positions.”
Candidates can stop in to the office at 168 Industrial Drive from 8:00 – 4:00, Monday to Friday.
MacDougall Steel Erectors (MSE) plans to expand their operations into the former McCain plant in Borden-Carleton while maintaining their present location.
“The expansion will add up to 140 more jobs to the area,” says Ron MacDougall, President and CEO of MSE. “The key to our success is our highly skilled, hardworking employees. Great employees make great companies.”
Since 1998, the company has grown from two to 130 full-time employees. “We believe this expansion will allow us to grow our workforce and capacity, diversify our markets, and give us the ability to compete on larger jobs in Western Canada and the United States,” says Ron.
The increase in space will allow MSE to grow into different markets such as pipe spooling, heavy complicated industrial, plate work, and pressure vessel fabrication, as well as increasing structural steel and miscellaneous metals fabrication.
What new jobs will be available?
“We will be filling a lot more labour, maintenance, and CWB welding positions,” says Kristy Howatt, Human Resources Manager. “We are looking for full-time employees who will be here for the long-term.”
Labourers do not require any particular certification or experience. They start at $14 an hour and the pay range goes up to $18. “We have never had an issue filling labourer jobs.”
Maintenance staff provides the overall maintenance of the equipment. “We look for an electrical background.”
CWB apprentice welders start at $17 an hour and the wage goes up to $25. “We find it difficult to find enough welders to fill the positions we have. We need more welders with this type of training than the Holland College welding program can provide us.”
There is a training facility on location. “Every couple of months we offer CWB training,” says Kristy. “We invite potential candidates to come in on their own time to practice welding for about a week. We assess their aptitude, and if all goes well, we will offer them a position.”
The employees come from as far away as Souris and Tignish. The fabrication shop has a day shift and a night shift. “Sometimes the night shift works better for those who travel a far distance because they work four 11-hour days.”
A wide variety of jobs and advancement possibilities
As the company grows, there will be a lot of career opportunities and room for advancement. “Our employees and our community will benefit as we continue to grow,” says Kristy. “Employees who are interested in growing with the company will get that opportunity.
“If you have the work ethic we need and show us that you are capable and interested, advancement will come.”
- Administration and Accounting
- Human Resources
- Project Managers and Assistants
- IT Development and Support
- CNC Programmers
- Iron Workers
Other positions hard to fill
“Along with CWB Welders, Detailers are also hard to come by,” says Kristy. “Detailers are drafting positions that use software such as Tekla and AutoCAD.
“We have done a lot of advertising, held Lunch and Learns, and we contacted the college and schools which offer courses with drafting components, but there does not seem to be a big interest. I think there needs to be more awareness about what is involved in this job.”
Other growing departments
“Human Resources is a growing department,” says Kristy. “With the number of staff required set to double, this department will grow as well. This job is not only about hiring staff.
“Other duties include keeping track of training, and booking the travel for employees who build the structures across Canada and elsewhere.”
Kristy took the Travel and Tourism program at Holland College, and has a background in administrative work. She started as an assistant project manager and moved into the role of HR.
“This is a great company to work for,” says Kristy. “It’s very family oriented. We really look for the right aptitude and work ethic. If new hires are not completely trained, we provide the training to make it happen. We also offer a comprehensive benefit package.”
“We visit high schools and the college to talk to students about what we offer. We are interested in hiring high school graduates and apprenticing and training them here.”
They offer high school co-op placements, college on-the-job-training, and summer employment. “During these placements, students become familiar with our work and safety polices. As they are trained, we like to keep them by offering summer work or a long-term career.”
Jobs are advertised on the company website, and on Indeed, the Job Bank, WorkPEI, Kijiji, LinkedIn, The Journal-Pioneer and The Guardian.
“We also go to Career Fairs. I think they are very important because employers get to meet people one-on-one and see who is interested in their company. And it gives job seekers a chance to explore their options, ask questions, and meet employers.”
To apply, send your resumé to [email protected] or drop it off in person between 8 am and 4 pm at 168 Industrial Drive, Borden-Carleton.