Mike Sadowski – WCW Member Profile

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Mike SadowskiName: Mike Sadowski
Position: Operations Superintendent
Organization: City Of Saskatoon
Born and Raised: Kincaid, Saskatchewan

Education/Training

Graduated from Civil Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. Registered Professional Engineer with APEGS in 2014.

History in the industry and as a WCW member

After my first year at university, I took a summer job at the City of Saskatoon’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Although I was hired to cut grass, I quickly developed a passion for Wastewater Treatment. I continued to work at the plant part time while completing my degree, under the mentorship of the Operations Superintendent. I developed and tagged process piping and equipment while taking advantage of the tremendous learning opportunities that were given to me. After graduating, I spent a couple of years in the land development department designing water and sewer infrastructure. I returned to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in 2014, where I hold my current position of Operations Superintendent.

Typical day

Meet the operations staff in the morning to discuss current operational challenges or objectives. Troubleshoot any issues that may have arisen. Analyze process and operational data with the objective of optimizing treatment process and efficiencies. Review engineering designs, constructions drawings, and reports as required. Lead the commissioning of new process expansions, and provide the necessary tools and training for plant operators to succeed.

Job Satisfaction

Every day is different at a Wastewater treatment plant. You are continuously faced with new challenges that are unique. I have an excellent group of operators that make facing these challenges as a team rewarding and fun.

Main challenges

I manage a group of operations crews that do shift work. Ensuring that the conveyance of information between crews and I can be challenging. It is difficult to maintain consistent goals and procedures throughout the group. That being said, I am lucky to have such a dedicated and highly skilled group of operators to work with.

Advice

No job is beneath you, and always ask questions. If you have an opportunity to try something new, consider the risks and consequences, but don’t be afraid to try it.

Time away from work

Everything sports. Watching my beloved Arizona Coyotes, including my yearly trips to Arizona. Working on my goal of seeing an NHL games in all 30 (soon to be 31) NHL cities, and hacking up the beautiful golf courses around Saskatoon.

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