Videojet is a leader in industrial printers. They have a lab where several technicians work testing and developing existing and new printers. I worked with a senior engineer resolving issues they had with a recently acquired system. I learned how the printer worked & tore apart returned units to analyze why they failed. We ran a “design of experiment” to determine how we could improve the life cycle time of the units. I analyzed statistical data looking for clues to improvements.
I also learned to varying degrees how the other printers worked. This allowed me to contrast and compare how the various units worked. I would do test and studies for different engineers. A very fun and interesting job.
I would start the day by checking to see which printers were working and record the data on them into a database. I would be given other projects to work on lasting from a day to a month or more.
I learned how printers worked. I studied the history of printers seeing how the technology got to where it is today. I got to use my pneumatics & electronics background as well as push on my uses of Access and Excel.
I thought the management there was excellent.
My co-workers worked pretty well together.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with the ink & solvents. Some were very hazardous.
I liked being independent and part of an engineering team!