Meet Teresa Weiser, one of FieldCore’s Outage Managers focused on the critical 7HA fleet.
Teresa, tell us a bit about your background.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin and became a field engineer in 2006. I went through FEP, our Field Engineer training program and spent six years working on the large steam circuit around Lake Michigan. I spent a lot of time in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. After I got married, I moved to Greenville and spent seven years working in the validation test stand. I first started testing 7FA.05s, then moved into 9HA and 7HA testing. Currently, I’m an Outage Manager in the North sub-region of NAM.
Can you describe your current role as an Outage Manager?
I’m specifically an OM for a portion of our 7HA fleet. My job involves pre-planning, creating the outage schedule, arranging contractors, and then lining up FEs and craft labor to support the project. I always like to say, “if I’m doing my job well, it looks like I’m doing nothing at all.” Basically, it’s all about making sure that the right resources and the right tools show up at the right times.
What do you like about working in the field?
I loved different things about the field roles I’ve had in my career. As a Field Engineer, I loved the sense of accomplishment you get after completing a job. It’s a tough job, and a challenging lifestyle at times, but it’s very fulfilling. There’s a beginning, middle, and end to all your efforts. Starting in Greenville and continuing in my role as an OM today, I really enjoy working with and shaping our technology and pushing the limits of what our machines can do. I love working with the design teams and engineers to give feedback and improve our products. Also, It feels like I’m part of a bigger effort to make the world cleaner and improve our environment.
More broadly, what have you liked about working in FieldCore?
I really appreciate that FieldCore saw the value in me and found ways to utilize my skills while also supporting my career. I was able to use my HA knowledge and network after my years in the Greenville validation test stand, and frankly, the location of our HA fleet was ideal to where I wanted to live too. I also feel that I have so many commonalities with my colleagues and we are all very supportive of each other’s struggles and successes. It’s really important to me that we all try to help each other and make each other’s jobs easier – especially in the field.
Being an Outage Manager is pretty much a non-stop job. When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
I’m actually an avid gardener! My parents owned a greenhouse so I think it’s a natural hobby. I love to spend time outdoors caring for plants.