This was a 90 day position for testing an upgrade of military equipment
Lead Data Collector (Former Employee) – Fort Hood, TX – July 19, 2014
A typical day was learning the test procedures, how to use the testing equipment, learning the personnel, and prepare for the actual testing.
I learned that all the training, the headaches and heartaches preparing for the actual testing was all necessary and worth while to make the testing a success. A group of new people with new equipment and nothing in common except we were employed for 90 days, came together and performed like they knew each other from childhood as best friends.
Management was strong and very supportive in every aspect of the testing. Great job on their part.
At first it was a little difficult. Once the newness wore off and we focused on the mission, everything was awesome.
The most difficult part of this job was when the day shift had given up and we were forced to take up the slack. As the lead I had to make a decision. Having to tell my people we were going to do what the other team failed to do was not an easy thing to do. It was better to complete the mission and have my team upset with me, than argue about who does what. The team did as instructed and did an excellent job. It was worth all the complaining, because management knew what went on and how it was handled. The team I was responsible for was rewarded for their efforts.
The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing all of my team receiving public notice for their work above and beyond the scope of their duties. Though I made a decision that required more out of them, the are the ones who deserved and received the credit due to them.
Team and personal satisfaction of a great test and the rewards the team received.
Having to take up the slack of a weaker team and my team was forced to produce more.