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Miek Deyermond, Zamboni Driver




What are you really into right now? 

I like skiing. 




Mike Deyermond
Zamboni driver

04/04/18



 Can you explain what your current job is?

I am the operations manager here, so I handle all of the sports and entertainment coming into the building. I advance all of that info and I share that info with all my peers. [I also drive] the Zamboni. … Typically, for a Monarchs game, there are two Zambonis on the ice, with two drivers. So we go up for a pre-game ice make, before the teams hit the ice, and then we’ll go back out again and do another ice make. And then there’s two more ice makes for the first and second intermission. … It’s exciting. You’re driving a large vehicle on the ice. The tires do have studs but they only help you to a certain degree. You’ve still got to be able to maneuver that machine around safely. There’s a lot of control on the machine. You have to know how much water you need to apply [and] how much ice you need to shave off to make a nice clean shave of ice.
 
How long have you worked there?
Since the opening, 17 years. 
 
How did you get interested in this field?
I’m retired from the military and I operated heavy equipment. So it was right in line with things.  … The [military] gave you a list of job specialties that you could take and I decided to go with heavy equipment. It seemed to be the less hazardous to my health.
 
What kind of education or training did you need for this?
With the Zamboni, it’s all taught by the senior Zamboni driver at the time, and that includes video tapes that you have to watch, there’s materials that you have to read and understand, and there’s the hands-on training portion of it. … You’ll spend probably several months doing practices before you actually go out on the ice in front of the audience.
 
How did you find your job?
In the newspaper.
 
What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you?
Attention to detail and long hours. … I’m responsible for making sure all the production requirements for any given show that’s coming in are prepared, whether they need a stage built, the seating on the floor all [has] to be installed, etc. … You need to read the small print.
 
What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?
How exciting it was going to be. There’s nothing better than going out and driving a Zamboni in front of eight or nine thousand people. All the kids love the Zamboni. 
 
What is your typical at-work uniform?
If it’s a concert, then I’m in my … polo shirt. And I usually wear khaki slacks. If I’m driving the machine, then I’ll typically just wear jeans and my polo shirt and a jacket.
 
What was the first job you ever had?
I was a lifeguard … in the town that I grew up in, in Andover, Mass., at the town pond. — Ryan Lessard 





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