Transitioning from management to staff - challenging but rewarding
Sr. I.E., Supervisor Production Control & Safety (Former Employee) – Benton Harbor, MI – November 29, 2013
I worked on incentive system time studies, establishing standard hours/piece (pieces per hour) for the plant, resolving grievances, plant layout, equipment installations, programming equipment for production of parts, etc.. I also worked with corporate engineering design personnel in modifying designs for manufacturability. Later I absorbed the safety and production control responsibilities, plus performing cost analysis specifically related to the move of the manufacturing operations to North Carolina in 2005-2006. I also travelled to NC to assist in the startup of that plant - helping to train their personnel.
My days were fairly predictable, and varied with the immediate needs. I simply responded to current requirements and proceeded with other work as time was available.
I came to the job fairly well experienced in its requirements, although I learned the MAPICS system, various quality programs, and other systems. My co-workers were excellent, almost without exception.
The hardest part of the job was the general attitude some had toward an IE, but I already knew how to respond and handled them professionally. The most enjoyable part of the job was the satisfaction of knowing that I was doing a good job and was respected.
Good management and working conditions.
They moved out of town before I was ready!