As part of For Richmond’s extensive job placement outreach, more than 1,500 Richmond community members have been placed into construction trade and other industry careers to date. One facet of this crucial work is the “Job Watch” feature in our weekly e-newsletter, which spotlights key job opportunities from our numerous partners to hire Richmond residents.
It is through For Richmond’s “Job Watch” that Julie Stevenson found out about the new career opportunity available at Harder Mechanical a few months ago. With her contract ending at PG&E, it must have been kismet, for after throwing her hat in the ring she was hired in Harder’s document control division in March—and promoted in June to a key position as Safety Professional assisting with Chevron’s massive and momentous Modernization Project.
A Richmond native and De Anza High School grad, Stevenson recently moved back to her childhood home. And with Harder serving as a main on-site player in Chevron’s huge Modernization Project, she finds herself following in the daily commuting footsteps of her late father—a Chevron employee for 40 years.
An executive assistant for more than 30 years, Stevenson began with Harder Mechanical in their document control sector on March 13, and while she found the detail-focused work satisfying, she soon discovered there wasn’t truly ample work for her and the three others in the division. Taking the potentially risky approach of informing her supervisors there simply wasn’t enough work for her in document control, she was moved into an administrative role helping with time-writing issues—where she also excelled—before being told that her help was needed in the Safety department.
“It’s been three weeks since moving into safety, and I love it!” Stevenson remarked. “It’s really a blend of everything.”
And of course a massively crucial role on the humongous project driven by more than 750 workers, many of whom work with various chemical toxins and heavy machinery. While she’s helped in various ways, a focus of her efforts have been with the Short Service Employee (SSE) project, ensuring that workers who have less than six months experience are constantly partnered with a more-seasoned co-worker while on-site.
“I know my pop would be proud of me,” Stevenson enthused. “And if it weren’t for For Richmond’s post none of this would have been possible.”
When she’s not hard at work, the single mom loves spending time with her two daughters—with her eldest getting married soon in Santa Cruz, attending Bay Hills Community Church, and enjoying crocheting, a hobby she’s savored since the age of eight. The very active Stevenson is also working on a manuscript about her late adopted parents and considering pursuing a BA with an Administration of Justice concentration; she already holds a CAP-OM certification, standing for Certified Administrative Professional with a focus in Organizational Management.
And with all this going on, she has still found time to serve as a senior training consultant with Chevron since September 2015. A harder-working and more dedicated individual would be hard to find.
Twelve Questions—Julie Stevenson
Favorite book: The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
Favorite movie/s: The Notebook, Saturday Night Fever
Favorite food: Carnitas/Tortas
Favorite local eatery: El Trompudo (El Sobrante)
Best Vacation: Ashland, Oregon and the Shakespeare Festival
Favorite animal: Cats, but love them all!
Favorite Celebrity: Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon
Best thing about Richmond: The diversity
Favorite musician/band: Journey (with Steve Perry!)
Favorite TV show: Orange is the New Black
Pet Peeve: Poor Grammar
Favorite quote/advice: “Never leave a place at odds with each other, you never know if you’ll see them tomorrow.”