CNC machining in the shop
CNC Machinist/Programmer (Former Employee) – Conroe, TX – April 27, 2017
Begin shift with operations in process, check the machines job board.
Continue production as required and make changes if necessary to maintain quality. Lead men are picked by favoritism rather than experience and leave much to be desired if machining issues arise.
First article inspection is always a problem, as they eliminated that position, and rely on all the machinists to fill in which requires shutting down, or waiting for a break in the program. All parts are timed and any variances are written on your machine board. This used to be a fast paced fun place to work, but when economy dictated micro management, and you are not in the boys club things can become harsh and hard. The most enjoyable time was setting up "The Blue Room" and training machinists to run the machines. Unfortunately when it came to layoff time I got picked.
It seemed we were doing 12 hours straight for two weeks with one day off for a long time, and then down to just eight hours a day for five days. All in all it was an experience and sometimes I miss it, and other time I'm glad I'm free.
Poor management and decision making.