Employee Profiles

Johnny Runyan

Maintenance Supervisor. Joined TECO: 1982

When Johnny Runyan started at TECO, all employee scheduling was done on 3”x5” index cards. So yes, Johnny admits, he has been around a while!

Given the system’s growth and change, Johnny is grateful that TECO has now computerized both staff and maintenance scheduling. “We probably have four times as much equipment as we had before we added our combined heat and power system,” says Johnny. “But computerization allows us to better track our maintenance tasks and has served as a training tool to learn more about our CHP system and ancillary equipment. It keeps overhead down by putting information at our fingertips.”

Maintenance tools have also evolved with the introduction of infrared imaging and vibration-monitoring instruments, to name a few. Equipment readings are even more accurate, with little room for error. “Diagnostics are invaluable, but you still need a human on the job,” says Johnny. “Each piece of equipment has a special sound and feel, and after you’ve been around a while you can quickly tell if something’s off, giving us a head start on resolving any issues.”

Although Johnny first worked on TECO’s boilers as a contractor back in 1970, he still finds the job exciting. “I like to describe TECO as dynamic. Nothing here is stagnant. There is always something new, which keeps you challenged and satisfied. TECO and I get along great. Right now I may be supervising 18 people, but all of the folks here are family.”

 
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Employee Profiles

Meet Johnny Runyan

When Johnny Runyan started at TECO, all employee scheduling was done on 3”x5” index cards. So yes, Johnny admits, he has been around a while! But given TECO's growth and change over the years, Johnny is grateful for computerization.

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