LotusWorker, Michael Duff is a Grey Utilities Lead on a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Pharma/Biologics sector located in Dundalk, Ireland since 2018.
Michael has 30 years HVAC experience “it was sort of a path I fell into. My father owned a HVAC business and in the early 2000’s, my brother and I took over the company for a number of years” After leaving the family business, Michael went to work for a UK facilities company until 2011 after which an opportunity came up to work on a semiconductor site with LotusWorks. After the project finished up in 2015, Michael sought out opportunities with a different company but unfortunately with a 4 hour commute from his home each day, a burnout was on the horizon.
In 2018, Michael received a call much to his delight and he returned to LotusWorks taking up a role within a pharmaceutical facility where he stayed on that site for five months after which point Michael moved to the pharmaceutical site he is currently working on.
As Mechanical Lead, Michael works with five LotusWorkers who are working on project systems and preparing for the handover as the project is set to go into the sustaining phase in the coming months.
As well as the regular operations in his role, Michael is the LotusWorks Wellness Champion on-site, he was also nominated to be the Wellness Champion on-site.
“The wellness champion role meant I got the opportunity to give back. In 2020, I shaved my hair live via a Microsoft Teams Meeting for SOSAD Dundalk with over €1,000 raised for the charity. If I hadn’t participated in LotusWorks Wellness Programme and become a wellness champion, I wouldn’t have shaved off my hair for charity. This created a buzz around the sites for us all, and it felt great to give back to such an amazing cause so close to the site and peoples’ hearts”
With 30 years’ experience in the industry, Michael loves the fact that he can share his learnings and experience with his team and wider LotusWorks Team “Even with 30 years’ experience, I am still learning. When asked about the advice he would give to someone starting a career in Mechanical Engineering, Michael said “When you start a new job, you have to give yourself 3 months to hit the ground running by getting to understand your expectations, meet the team, and understand the processes. It takes a year for you to be comfortable in your role, so be patient.”