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By Paul Hughes
Southern California Edison

Paul Grigaux has a busy agenda ahead as the newly hired director of SCE’s Shop Services and Instrumentation Division (SSID).

Grigaux oversees an expansive, 28-acre complex in Westminster, where more than 200 skilled craft personnel and technicians repair, test and calibrate power generation and transmission components—transformers, steam turbines, circuit breakers, motors and generators, measuring equipment and tools—for SCE and outside enterprises. SSID also provides a variety of engineering services and supplies heavy equipment, including cranes, for SCE- and third-party customers.

SSID Challenges

Some of SSID’s biggest challenges include ensuring maximum use of the facility by in-house customers and advancing use of the division’s excess capacity by third-party customers.

In addition to the “other operating revenue” that outside work provides for SCE, it also offers a way for craft personnel to stay nimble with their skills.

Another is that the shop is confronted with an aging work force—30 percent of whom are expected to retire in the next five years.

“We’re about to lose tremendous talent, and we need to be very aggressive and proactive in the knowledge transfer process,” Grigaux said, an accent from his native France clearly evident.

In response, SSID is developing a training and qualifications program to educate new employees.

Aside from coping with the loss of knowledgeable people, Grigaux also will identify ways to more efficiently use the SSID facility, evaluate how the division can be used for the betterment of all of SCE and ensure the facility is able to efficiently serve third-party customers.

In addition to the “other operating revenue” that outside work provides for SCE, it also offers a way for craft personnel to stay nimble with their skills. “If you go three months without doing any work, you tend to get rusty. It affects your performance, your motivation, and also your level of expertise, and therefore your productivity later on,” Grigaux said.

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