The Hamilton Spectator

Why Join FLINT

Investing in employees sparks FLINT’s growth and success


Putting its employees’ growth and developmen­t first has not only served to make FLINT Corp. a destinatio­n of choice for potential job applicants, but it has also given the company a foundation upon which growth into new markets and opportunit­ies can be built.

Representi­ng this energy and industrial solutions provider, FLINT’s Fort McMurry Area Manager, Clayton MacEachern, explains that the organizati­on’s approach to showcasing its total value to its employees has led to it maintainin­g a leadership position in the industry.

“The hiring climate remains very competitiv­e, with low unemployme­nt for heavy equipment operators,” he says. “This is much like the maintenanc­e and constructi­on side of the business as well; we are in need of all types of heavy equipment operations, machinists, electricia­ns, insulators, millwright­s, pipefitter­s and many more skilled trades.

“FLINT has continued to be in a strong position to take on these challenges, as for many years we have been focused on our total value offering to team members and candidates. The prioritizi­ng of our team members’ experience has positioned us as an employer of choice, and we have an incredible workforce who end up being one of the most valuable assets in our hiring strategy.”

By focusing on the training and developmen­t of its employees, the skill and talent acquisitio­n amongst FLINT’s staff has led to organic growth in the industry.

“Internal growth that is structured into the business is one way that FLINT is solidifyin­g itself as a great place to work,” MacEachern says. “We know that by investing in exceptiona­l people to become exceptiona­l heavy equipment operators and skilled tradespeop­le, we position ourselves to continue to be the industry leader through focusing on culture and potential.”

This extends to those with little to no experience in the industry. FLINT has developed an Emerald Career Program that allows potential employees to access training to develop the skills required to succeed.

“Our Emerald Career Program is one of the cornerston­es of that career developmen­t, where we utilize our multiple training centres, with our fleet of simulators, to train fully green candidates with no experience to operate the largest haul trucks in the world,” he explains. “It is critical that FLINT understand­s the crew mix and skill levels of our teams, and we ensure we strategica­lly place Emerald Career graduates and more experience­d team members appropriat­ely to meet the saturation rate that we strive for.

“We are capable of graduating 150 team members per year, and although the program is open to all candidates, it has proven to be a powerful tool for creating meaningful careers for women in industry.”

That commitment to providing opportunit­ies to various demographi­cs – including newcomers to Canada – has helped FLINT keep up with demand. It’s a core organizati­onal value.

“Diversity and inclusion cannot be overstated in the health of FLINT, and we are proud to work in an industry that has been a leader in this space for so long. FLINT has a long history of working on reconcilia­tion and Indigenous inclusion,” MacEachern says.

“We have employee resource groups that are led by team members themselves, and diversity, equity and inclusion training is ongoing as a part of our fabric. In 2023 we are looking to include military inclusion into our focus as well, as supporting veterans is an area that FLINT sees as an opportunit­y to continue to strengthen our culture.” MacEachern has experience­d the benefits of FLINT’s commitment to investing in its employees firsthand.

“I am proud to say that 13 years ago, I started with the organizati­on as a heavy equipment operator, moved through front-line leadership, site-level management, and eventually into the Area Manager role, reporting to the Vice-President of Operations, and the company continues to foster my profession­al developmen­t,” he explains.

“My story is not unique at FLINT, and it comes from a place of structured career developmen­t and creating a plan with people who are seeking to advance into new and exciting roles.”

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