7 weeks 2 days from now
The Broken Treadmill (Or, Why Our ETs Are Awesome)
Submitted by Alison Mote on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 11:04
Routines are an important part of life on the JR. Meals are served four times a day from 11-1 and 6-6 (am and pm), there are cookie breaks two hours after each meal, and fortunately the gym is always open. Running after work has become part of my daily routine, so I was a little worried the other day when there was an ‘Out of Order’ sign on my favorite treadmill. It wasn’t the end of the world, we have two treadmills, but one of them is more in sync with my gait (or at least that’s what I tell myself to help me run farther).
Earlier on the day of the broken treadmill, I was making my rounds catching up on happenings around the labs and core deck when I wandered into the Instrumentation Specialist’s office. Being the nerd that I am, I was pretty mesmerized by the tools, electrical circuit components, and general lay of the land. Jurie Kotze, one of our IS’s, was happy to field my questions and showed me how they calibrate some of the down hole logging tools. We have two IS’s on board the JR, Jurie and Etienne Claassen, both are Electrical Technicians (ETs) from S. Africa. Like many folks out here on the JR, I’m not sure what we would do without these electrical wizards. If something breaks, whether it’s in a science lab or in the gym, our ETs can fix it.
The IS’s also have a very important job of keeping our drill rig instrumentation calibrated and working properly. They ensure that the depth displayed on our rig instrumentation is correct, which is essential from both an operations perspective and a scientific perspective.
Enter my treadmill dilemma. Well, it wasn’t much of a dilemma because the treadmill was up and running again within a day of it going down. Etienne, pictured above with the treadmill circuit board, told me that we have replacement circuit boards and components for nearly every machine on board, even the gym equipment. Amazing! When something breaks around here it’s not long before it’s fixed. That’s why our ETs, Jurie and Etienne, are awesome. They maintain a low profile on the ship, but their handiwork keeps our science and sanity in excellent working order!