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NEC Electronics America Inc., Roseville, CA

Placer Electric Inc., Citrus Heights, Calif., has had a continuous succession of project managers on duty at the NEC Electronics America Inc. microchip manufacturing plant for 14 years.

The facility is a major supplier of microprocessors to the automotive industry, so production cycles vary. When demand is strong, adjustments have to be made to increase the facility's capacity. The Placer Electric presence on-site-including PM, support managers and electricians-can be as many as 90 people when production is in high gear. Over the course of a year, there is an average of at least 20 of these people working in the plant.

"As in every situation, the on-site PM has to have an in-depth understanding of the relevant protocols that distinguish the project," said Dick Nogleberg, president of Placer Electric. "In this case, he has to have an extensive knowledge of manufacturing in a clean room environment, making sure our electricians are properly garbed in their sterile 'spacesuits' and that all their tools have been cleansed with alcohol before entry into the workspace. Some of our special equipment stays inside on a virtually permanent basis to avoid contamination." More>>