A typical day includes a lot of the typical fab shop work. Welding, grinding, etc.
I learned how to successfully weld a full penetration weld every time with FCAW. I think I mastered the abilities they required for that particular job. I also learned how to repair rework a lot of different things in my time there.
In terms of management, nobody ever seems to know what's going on out on the floor. We have an in house engineering department that cant seem to figure out how to work with the fab shop. a lot of time and money is wasted by building machinery and painting it only to turn around and grind it all off and rework the parts to deal with engineering hiccups.
Co-workers...it seems the more seniority you have the less work you actually have to do. of the 3 highest guys on the list, I'm sure their combined bathroom visits equals out to be about 25 hours per week. Some only work 5 hrs of a shift and sit with their feet up the rest of the day,
The hardest part of the job at Timberland is dealing with the lack of work. It goes in waves where you can be swamped one week and sweeping the floor the next 3. The weld shop supervisor can be your best friend one minute and worst enemy the next. He cant seem to find a balance.
The best part of the job is the pay. They pay extremely well.