CNC Operator, 411 Parkdale Avenue North - 2 April 2016
Typical Day at Orlick;
Go to work, punch my card in, walk down to the CNC department, go back outside, have a cigarette, go back inside and go to work.
Shift: 7am-3:30pm; 7-10 (break10mins), 10:10-12 (break30mins), 12:30-2 (break10mins), 2:10-3:30.
What I've Learned;
I've learned (on my own) how to the job. They say you'll get training but in reality they show you how to generally do the job in about 30 seconds to maybe 2 minutes of demonstrations on how to do what you need to do on the job you are working on. After that it's touch and go. I've learned more from my co-workers than any of the management staff there.
Management and Co-Workers;
Some of the management staff and co-workers you will get along with. But for the most part everyone talks about everyone at some point. Your fellow co-workers (on your shift) will get along with you for the most part. The ones on the other shift will blame your shift for every little or big thing. Managers are another story. Very little of the time they will have your back if something happens (customer complaints, internal complaints). The only problem I've really had with management is when I had a part come to me that looked pretty bad and I showed it to my supervisor and he said it was fine. We got a complaint a month or so later for it and the tag had my number on it, so I was to blame. But when I said I showed it to my supervisor, let's just say he naturally denied any involvement.
Hardest part of the job;
Meeting (for the most part) their high expectations regarding numbers that they need fulfilled by the end of the work day. On some jobs it is easy enough but on others it is a joke and unrealistic.
Most Enjoyable Part Of The Job;
Breaks, friends at the workplace and standing at the end of the day at the punch clock waiting to go home!