Safe and friendly work environment.
Pros: quarterly meetings, pay, profit sharing, free shirts.
Cons: twelve hour shifts, every other weekends, hot environment.
A typical day at Sapa was busy from start to finish. I prepared aluminum samples for testing. I then tested the material for tension, yield, and elongation (TY&E). I learned how to use and navigate the As400 (computer software), Instron testing devices, and calibration of measuring instruments. I also learned about safety. We had to wear PPE and had a daily morning safety meeting.
The management had an open door policy. I was able to take my suggestions and concerns to them and felt they understood and always tried to help however they could in any situation. As a team, my co-workers and I had great communication skills to to get the job done efficiently and effectively.
The hardest part on the job for myself was communicating with management from the night shift position. We did have e-mail but if something changed during the night there was no one available to answer questions. The most enjoyable part was being able to learn new things everyday. There was always something more to learn.