Husband and wife team Eric and Kim Zunker first met at work, at a coal mine site in the small town of Dysart in Central QLD. They are still (working) together 4 years later at PJL Group’s newest facility in Cobar NSW, and have been since November 2014.
Having worked in the mining industry for many years, both Eric and Kim are well familiarised with the industry, presenting two valuable assets for PJL Group Team in Cobar.
Eric is a Workshop/Field Service Supervisor and Kim is an Administration Assistant, so, they’re roles can cross over every now and then.
“I do have to tell her what to do a lot of the time. It’s a nice change, because she’s the boss at home!!” Eric said, with a large cheeky grin on his face.
For Eric, running a workshop and managing people isn’t new to him. However, coming from open cut sites to a town based workshop and working on underground machinery presents a whole new challenge.
“Some components and factors remain the same, but I am learning new things everyday which is really rewarding. No day here ever looks the same, particularly because we are a preferred supplier for many clients and provide such a diverse range of services – we adapt quickly to our client’s needs.” Eric continued to say.
Despite any initial thoughts, Eric and Kim never run short of conversations at home, and they also don’t get caught up in the “How was your day honey” discussions, because - they already know!
“I’m a talker, so there isn’t too much silence at home. Eric is also a real character, so our life at work and home is always full of laughs. It’s like working with your best friend.” Kim explained.
Outside of work, Kim is trained as a counsellor/youth worker, having worked in that field for almost 8 years. Eric is also currently in the top 50 forklift operators at the Cobar facility, an achievement that he is very proud of!
“We really enjoy the people we work with, and like the diversity in our roles and close customer relationships that PJL Group allows. We both love going to work every day.”
Welcome to the team Eric & Kim - it's great to have you both on board!!