When Pablo Enoc Hernández, steel making director, was studying a technical career in metallurgy at the Centro de Estudios Mexicano Alemán (CETMA), he knew that Tenaris was one of the leading steel companies in Mexico and the world, but he never imagined that two years after completing his training, he would join its ranks.
"After having been working in smaller companies, I found in the CETMA job market an offer to be a raw materials technician at Tenaris's steel shop in Mexico. I decided to send my résumé by fax and practically a week after some interviews and paperwork, I was hired," says Hernández.
The news marked not only a professional challenge, but also a personal one for Hernández and his wife, who had to leave Mexico City to move to the state of Veracruz, home to Tenaris's industrial center in Mexico, which consists of its manufacturing operations, R&D facility, corporate university and the company’s testing and training rig site.
In 2008, when he held the position of shift leader at the steel shop, he received an invitation to join the continuous casting team at the company’s melt shop in Zalau, a plant that Tenaris had recently acquired in Romania.
"My family supported me from the first moment; the experience was very enriching to all of us. We had the opportunity to get to know a different culture, other places in the world and integrate into a community very different from the Mexican one," he shares.
Later, Hernández had assignments in Tenaris plants in Italy and Argentina and got familiar with other plants in Austria and Germany, "which changed my vision of the steel production process and gave me a strong foundation to support the position I hold today", he assures.
Now, as steel making director at Tenaris's steel plant in Mexico, he is in charge of the operations team of the melting furnace and the two refining furnaces of the mill and has had to face emblematic projects such as the implementation of the fume collection system and the change of the collector to reduce emissions, both of which have been strategic environmental projects for Tenaris in Mexico.
During his three decades at Tenaris, Hernández has shown that "with perseverance, clear objectives and the desire to do things well, you can develop and grow," he shares.
For Hernández, working in steelmaking has been a paramount move in his career, and beyond all the enriching aspects of being part of an industrial process like the one he leads, "the best thing has been working with very professional people who have accompanied me, who have trained me and whom I have had the opportunity to teach."
In his free time, Hernández prepares himself physically to run marathons and Spartan Races, a series of obstacle races of various distances in the company of his children. To date he has a personal record of having completed 11 races.