Pros: good opportunities to learn other skills, good benefits
Cons: too many hours sometimes; 12 hour days, 6 days a week... no life outside of work.
The start time each day varied depending on the work load which was to be shipped out that week. The more work we had the more hours we worked. Initially, I started on 2nd shift working the 20 ft shear which could cut through 3/4 inch thick steel. We produced custom beams for metal buildings. I then transferred departments to operate the beam punch. Responsible for checking the accuracy of each beams length and punching holes with only 1/8" room for error. I worked with a great team, all very dependent yet willing to help others when needed. The hardest part of the job was not having the necessary equipment to do my job to the best of my ability. My station lacked a crane to put 800lb beams on to the conveyor which forced me to wait for the crane operator, in control of the main one.