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Contracting Considerations, Part 2

Before handing over work to a maintenance contractor, get their input on what work should be done, how it should be done, and what test equipment you may be lacking.

A common practice in hiring maintenance contractors is to identify where you need additional resources to complete certain known tasks already in your system.

This practice fails to leverage expertise that various contractors probably have. Consider these two examples:

  1. The plant air system was the responsibility of the plant electrical engineer, because the motors for that system are so critical. It took a contractor to identify the need to perform ultrasonic leak detec

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