Name: Kathy Korbaylo
Engineers use science and mathematics to come up with solutions to a whole range of technical problems, from aerospace to biomedical, chemical to environmental, nuclear to mineral and so many more. This month, we speak with Kathy Korbaylo about what it's like to work in one field of engineering - industrial.
What is a Leasing Fleet Manager?
A Leasing Fleet Manager manages the day-to-day operations of the Leasing Fleet - a group of natural gas compressor packages that we own and rent or lease out to customers, such as oil and gas producers. These packages compress gas coming out of the ground, increasing the pressure at which the gas flows. As a manager, I supervise new units being built for the fleet (review technical drawings, answer questions, etc), respond to customer’s questions and concerns, calculate purchase prices on existing rentals and calculate rental/lease rates on new rentals.
What is a typical day like for you?
Work starts at 8am, so I am usually there a few minutes before that. I start by reviewing my e-mails, checking my voice mail. I respond to any messages that I can right away. Otherwise, I print out the e-mail or write down the voice mail and find the information requested. I respond to them as quickly as I can.
Sometimes, I need to go to other employees to find out a piece of the puzzle to solve someone’s problem. But, if someone needs to know something that is well beyond my job scope, I pass the request onto the appropriate person.
I also have special projects assigned to me that I work on. This is pretty much what I do all day. We have a 1 hour lunch break. Our work day ends at 5pm, but I am sometimes there past that time. I check my Blackberry when I am not at work and respond to whatever needs to be dealt with immediately.
What was your favorite thing about high school?
Having fun hanging out with friends, going for Slurpees and then drinking them on the front lawn of the school, and talking on the phone all night to my boyfriend.
Did you always want to be a Leasing Fleet Manager?
No, this is not what I earned my degree in. I graduated with a Biosystems Engineering degree, majoring in Environmental Engineering. When I graduated, there were not many jobs in this field.
What courses in high school prepared you for this field?
Physics, Calculus and Math.
What was the last book you read? Jam it or can it?
The Memory Keepers Daughter. Great book so jam it.
Where did you go to university?
University of Manitoba (also known as U of M)
How did you decide where to go?
I lived 5 minutes away from the U of M and received several scholarships to attend.
What country would you most like to visit?
Was there extra training required for this career after you finished university? If so, what?
No, but with this particular company, you are required to take courses (usually a few days at a time) to keep up with new developments.
What celebrity do you most resemble?
People tell me Reese Witherspoon.
What is the coolest part of your job?
Always doing something new every day.
What’s the worst part of your job?
It’s a long day….8am-5pm (one hour lunch) and only 3 weeks holidays until you’ve worked for the company for 8 years (at which time you get 4 weeks). Generally I don’t get out at 5….there are always loose ends to tie up.
Ooooops! Everyone makes mistakes so what was the dumbest thing you've ever done at work?
Miscalculated a buyout price of a unit….and had to call the client back to tell him that I was $60,000.00 short on my price.
Best garage sale find?
A purple pen with a giant feather attached to the end…I guess from a wedding signing table. I bought it for 25 cents when I was about 10 years old.
Any advice that you would give others seeking a similar career?
Think about what you really want in a job…..do you want to work in an office or out in the field? Do you work well with others? Do you want to be dealing with customers or not? Don’t just look at the pay……that’s only one part of the equation for if you are going to enjoy your job or not.
What are some great web links or references for someone interesting in reading up more about this career?
Our internet site, www.enerflex.com.