Working for Kinova® Robotics since September 2016, production supervisor Dominic Champagne is very pleased with this high-tech environment. The 38-year-old father is a hard worker who does his job at a steady pace like a metronome. Here are 10 questions to Dominic Champagne.
1- Tell us about your journey?
I studied electro mechanics, I had a two-year course. After that I had been hired by a company that was preparing salad, I was taking care of all the machines that were used to produce salad for grocery stores. I oversaw the maintenance, the preparation and the modification of the machines. I worked there for a year, then I was hired by Technicolor in Mirabel, a great company where I learned a lot. I started there as an electro-mechanic, but after 3 months I became a team leader and then supervisor planner for 6 years, but the company closed in 2011. Subsequently, I went to work for an SME, Popco (Packaging of coin collections), where I worked for 5 years. I was a factory manager, but since it was a small company I was wearing multiple hats and I always oversaw the maintenance and modification of the machines.
2- How did you hear about Kinova?
I had a job search application on my phone and I saw this opportunity at Kinova. The position corresponded to my skills. I applied, this is the only place I applied for, I had an interview and here I am.
3- What part of the job meets your values?
All the procedures that Kinova wanted to introduce. Employee training, workplace health and safety system and planning were familiar to me and I knew I would be performing well in this environment. The company is expanding so it’s exciting. And let’s say it, robotics is awesome (laugh).
4- If you were to describe your work in one sentence what would you say?
I would say that my job is to make sure that everyone has the right tools to do a good job. It is to make sure that all goes as planned and that everything works smoothly.
5- What do you like about your job?
I would say that I like to find the strengths of every team members and to highlight them. I also like to train people and make them better. I love planning and trying to forecast the long-term costs of our projects.
6- What would you call an ideal colleague?
That would be somebody who is a great communicator and respectful. These two qualities together can lead us far. I’m not really that demanding.
7- What would you say to someone who would like to work at Kinova?
I would say that it is a company that is rewarding the people who work hard. I would also say that the work environment is exceptional, there is a lot of thoughtful gestures toward employees and it is greatly appreciated. In all projects, the communication is put up front. Lastly, I would add that the team is great.
8- What qualities are needed to work at Kinova?
Constancy, perseverance and being available.
9- What do you think the future of Kinova holds?
Sky is the limit. In the Kinova niche there is no limit. I see Kinova growing greatly. I also see myself evolving in the company. I learn a lot, I like what I do, and doing it on another level would be a nice opportunity.
10- Do you have hobbies?
I’m a musician, I’ve been playing drums since the age of 15. In the winter, I like skiing and I play hockey once a week. But my passion is my family. I have two children, an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. The family is the most important thing.