Dave Augustine, master matchmaker
Six months before a shutdown, Dave Augustine begins pressing physicists and engineers from across the Accelerator Division to name the jobs they want completed in the brief window of beam-free time.
And he starts scanning his own mental records to pinpoint the people qualified to undertake those tasks.
Since 2002, Augustine, a supervisor in the AD's Mechanical Support Department, has played the role of a master matchmaker in the shutdown process.
"It can be difficult to plan, prioritize, and find people for so many jobs," said Augustine, who's worked at Fermilab for 33 years. "I enjoy working with many talented people."
First, Augustine compiles a "wish list" of maintenance and construction tasks, incorporating requests from colleagues and an online system. Next, he works with mechanical supervisors from many divisions and sections to pair personnel with tasks. In many cases, Augustine can tap people who have previously performed a job successfully. But he is just as happy to help train new hands.
During the shutdown, Augustine patrols the tunnels to track progress and consult with supervisors. In the end, everything on the "to-do" list is completed, plus about three percent more jobs that turn up as work proceeds.
"Dave does a great job," said Scott McCormick, a supervisor in AD who has worked with Augustine to coordinate Tevatron upkeep. "His knowledge of the Accelerator Complex is vast. He understands what needs to be done and knows who to ask to do it."
Augustine made his last match a week before this year's shutdown, but he's already thinking about what comes after that. Behind his desk are laminated charts of the Booster, Main Injector and Tevatron, each stippled with marker notes about the summer's plans.
"As soon as these jobs are done," Augustine explained, "I'll hit those charts with Windex and starting putting up jobs for the next shutdown."
-- Rachel Carr