HOUSTON – SMS Equipment Inc. is known for selling, renting and providing full-service support for the most advanced earthmoving equipment in the mining, construction, road construction, and forestry industries.
The company is also recognized for its diversity within their skilled trades employees, as an increasing number of their workers are women.
For example, Kerry Earp, a Parts Technician in its Houston, BC branch, is a Red Seal Parts Journeyperson. Clients rely on her knowledge and prompt service to help them get what they need, when they need it.“
Kerry started as a yard/shop helper in shipping and receiving for our branch. When the opportunity arose, she was hired as a Warehouse Technician and then went on to challenge her Parts Ticket.
“There was no doubt that once a position was available, she would be a great fit and was awarded the position,” says Bart Crossan, Parts Manager, Northern BC for SMS Equipment. “She is a key contributor to our branch, and we are grateful for skills, knowledge, and expertise she demonstrates each day. Her resolve and efforts have not gone unnoticed within our operations.”
Kerry became a Parts Technician in 2008, “looking up parts for customers, answering calls from the people in the field, and getting them the parts they need is exciting to me. I did some warehousing as well which includes, pulling parts off the shelves and ordering what is needed.”
In 2012, she decided to challenge the Red Seal exam and earned her ticket.
“I love this job and enjoy coming to work every day,” she says. “It’s a learning experience, and there’s something new every day. We’re always learning new skills that makes this job exciting and pushes us to keep growing.”
Kerry believes SMS Equipment’s focus on people is the key to the company’s success.
“The people I work with are great, and the support I receive from them is wonderful,” she notes. “SMS Equipment is an awesome company to work for. The management team I work with, either in our branch or regional office, always helps along the way. The entire company works as a team. It’s a key feature here; we do it for each other.”
SMS Equipment Inc. features a full fleet of service trucks, crew trucks welding trucks, and the ability to support customer site projects with mobile support service trailers across Canada, Alaska, and Mongolia.
SMS Equipment partners with Komatsu, Bomag, Takeuchi, Cemen Tech, NPK, Genesis and other manufacturers to deliver premier equipment, advanced digital technologies, and product support solutions, making SMS Equipment the premier one-stop equipment solution provider.
They have parts stocked locally in the branch, with most other parts available within a day’s delivery. They also have a fully enabled welding and fabrication shop that operates seven days a week.