Mikel Miner

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Mikel Miner, Graphitizing Control Room Operator

During the graphitizing process, electrodes are laid end-to-end and heated to over 3000°C (5000°F), restructuring the carbon to its crystalline form: graphite. Throughout this process, Graphitizing Control Room Operator, Mikel Miner, can be found controlling the heavy-duty rectifier systems inside the furnace to ensure they are working properly to bake the carbon. He does this using vital skills he’s developed for the job, which include remaining calm, operating efficiently and following procedures. However, work doesn’t always go as planned. “When a major issue, such as a breakdown occurs, my focus is solving the problem as quickly as possible,” Mikel explains. “I do this while minimizing the impact on the product, as well as minimizing electricity consumption.”