Depending on where you live, it may be more or less likely for you to see heavy industrial jobs or processes in progress. But, if you are lucky enough to pass by any of these worksites, how much knowledge do you have about the equipment in the maintenance that goes into them?
Some of the heavy components for heavy industrial jobs include pumps in pipes, tractors and bulldozers, chemical storage, and safety equipment. Even if you are not professionally integrated into these ideas, at least having a general understanding of them from an outside perspective will help you appreciate some of the work that goes into completing these projects.
Pumps and Pipes
If there’s ever any fluids that have to go from one place to another, it’s very likely that pumps and pipes are involved. When you research heavy duty pumps, you’ll find that there is an incredible amount of specialization, but a lot of the construction and infrastructure theories and processes are similar. If you’re aware of how central plumbing or even switch systems work, then you know how many pipes and pumps have to be spread around how large of an area to have everything work as expected.
Tractors and Bulldozers
As kids, we’re almost always excited to see bulldozers and tractors moving dirt or installing telephone poles on the sides of the road. A few major companies are the ones that build bulldozers and tractors, and the amount of engineering and technology they go into the latest ones is pretty phenomenal. Whenever there’s any major construction going on, there are almost always sets of heavy machinery that are there to do specialized tasks, along with construction workers with specialized skills who do the operating.
A lot of heavy industrial jobs require chemicals of some sort for heating, cooling, or other aspects of the project. If you need chemical storage of any type as a project manager, chances are very likely that you will have to go through a 3rd-party contracting or consulting company to rent or purchase all the appropriate pieces of equipment. Often you’ll see crates or containers of these chemicals with warning signs on them at construction sites.
Because heavy industrial job sites often have a lot of dangers associated with them, safety regulations are much higher there than elsewhere. Construction workers will have highly visible vests, hardhats, and steel tube boots to prevent some of the most common injuries. If you just want to look around the construction site, it’s always essential if not legally required that you put on all of this type of safety gear as well. No matter how curious you are, stay out until it’s safe to peruse the area.