Our People – Industry Spotlight

We recently had the chance to sit down with Mike Ho, JV Driver’s Welding Guru, and ask him a few questions! Often referred to as ‘Yoda,’ Mike is well known and respected in the welding industry. Over the years, Mike has travelled all over the world, training both welders and welding instructors. Mike often works with the welders at JV Driver Fabricators by helping them perfect their craft. He has developed an on-site testing and training facility in Nisku to ensure that his welders get the training and experience that they need to be the best in the industry. If Mike Ho can’t teach you how to weld, it may be time to re-think your career choice!

Here are the questions!

1) What first attracted you to welding?
After high school I enrolled in the Kuala Belait trade school in Brunei. Back then I had to take four different trades in a year and found that welding came naturally to me, so I chose to pursue that. I found the many different processes of welding and all kind of different exotic materials one can weld on to be very fascinating.

2) How long have you been working for JVDF?
I have been with JVDF for 15 years.

3) Why do you think that JVDF has such an impressive safety record?
Safety has always been our first priority and one of the core values. We firmly believe in that and take care of each other.

4) If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring welders, what would it be?
To always think positive and do not be afraid to ask any questions if you run into welding problems.

5) Where do you see yourself in five years?
I would like to see JVDF have the most sophisticated welding technology and be the best in our industry in the next five years.

Mike relaxing!

6) Do you have any great JVDF stories to share with us?

One thing in particular always comes to mind when I think of some of the great times I’ve had with JV Driver. This was back in 2004 when we were still at the small fab shop in Sherwood park. The Xmas, Corey Callahan and I decided to send Bill (the president of JV Driver Group) an email to ask if we could have a bigger size shop as a Xmas present. This was sent jokingly and never expected what happened next. Bill replied and said be very careful what you wish and a year later we moved in to this 80 acres facility with a pipe shop that was 20 times bigger that our old shop. We had lots of challenges to start but have managed to do very well.

7) What was the most challenging welding job you’ve ever had to tackle?

There have been a number of challenging jobs over the past number of years but welding the boiler tubes with a mirror at the Crofton shutdown was probably one of most challenging one.

8) Is there anything else you would like to add?

I really enjoy working in JV Driver and I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to many places (South Korea, USA, India, Malaysia, Indonesia to name a few) to test and coach welders and instructors. I truly enjoy and am passionate about my job and I am very happy to shares my experiences and knowledge with JVD employees.
Thanks for your excellent answers, Mike!