A typical day at work would start with the daily meeting (20-30 mins) in which every team member updates the project managers and the Integration Production Team Lead (IPTL) with their progress and checklist, share any concerns about the progress moving forward, assigned new outstanding tasks. I would then go to my desk, start working on the project of highest priority (priority changes according to the deadlines and delivery dates). I started at 8h and finished at around 17h sometimes after if there is a rush.
I have learned a great deal not only from the tasks I took on my own and the challenges that I had to tackle but also from talking to professionals who always shared their experiences with me. I learned how to operate CATIA V4 and V6 and that was new because I had only been using V5. I learned how to use ENOVIA. I grew my knowledge in design being assigned several projects as the design engineer where I had to follow engineering procedures and FAARs standards in order to meet the requirements and find a design solution, keeping cost at low as possible without compromising reliability or performance. I was part of production support on the 412 EPI so that involved doing the engineering changes for maintenance and reliability improvement. Some tasks I took on involved making engineering changes on CAD software and drafting the new drawings with the changes and then generating Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) in ENOVIA. Having the factory line right there inside the plant was great because you get to get a good visual and learn more talking to the manufacturing engineers. – more...
My co-workers were really great, they were all very approachable and very helpful. They taught me a lot during working hours and they were always fun to talk to after we clock out. I still keep in touch with a few of them.
The hardest part of the job was the most enjoyable part at the same time; that is operating under constant pressure and expectation to meet the deadlines. I enjoyed working under pressure because it really tested my skills. I learned that I can work on several projects and keep up with the changing requirements and for me that was great. Although everyone on the team had a lot of tasks to complete, everyone was still assisting one another with their tasks if needed while managing to keep a smile on their faces.
There is a lot more to share because it was a very rich experience. – less