Diverse and interesting ways of making cast iron and steel parts for the automotive industry
CAD Designer (Current Employee) – Brantford, ON – 17 February 2016
A typical day involves management of CAD data - evaluating incoming customer data then creating from those parts a model that can be cast and also machined. Once approved by the customer, the cast model is then prepped as a single impression mould to be delivered to a tooling vendor to make the finished full tooling. We prefer to control where the parting lines go and how the coreprinting looks and let the tooling vendor add the venting, blow tubes, plate clearances etc so we can have a faster throughput of parts. Initially when I started to work for Wescast we were more involved with the product design but the OEM's took back that responsibility so now we ensure their designs can actually be made - because often times the casting process is not considered by the OEM's when they create their product models. So there was a change in direction for my department which has led to very accurate part models and drawings going to the OEM's - showing loading and draft and feeder paths or any other modifications we might have to make to get a high quality casting made. The most enjoyable part and the most difficult part of the job is really the same thing - using your abilities to understand what needs to be done to get a "cast-able" part and then modelling it accurately because every part is different. Some parts are very complex and require several cores others are fairly simple and straightforward.
Health and Safety Coordinator (Former Employee) – Wingham Ontario – 27 March 2016
Wescast Ind. is the worlds largest manufacturer of exhaust manifolds for the automotive industry which means the best quality standards and safety requirements that exceed industry standards. A great place to work with well balanced union management relations. Wescast was apart of my life for 15 years which allowed me to not only gain professional experience but personal achievement as well.
starting production labour (Former Employee) – Wingham, ON – 3 February 2016
I was hired on a second wave of new employees, the first groop apparently quit once found other work. A few employees in the lunch room told me a lot of changes have occurred since the company had been sold to these new owners. Look closely at your union agreement. As any job... yes show dedication and be rewarded. ... but 10yrs? Before you make a livable wage. $18.50? You will start at a progressive system $13.85is 70% of your going rate. And a year before benefits. If your fresh outta school it might be a good opportunity, but if you have bills and family it doesn't look well. I once wanted to work for the great Wescast that valued there people, but doesn't show from the New owners. The adds look good and the people I met where great, but you will see and feel that something is being said but held back from ya. The problem seems way up, not on the floor.
People I met, Supervisor, Staff and employees.
Research the rumours. starting wage program may be difficult compared to most programs
CNC machine operator (Former Employee) – Stratford, ON – 18 April 2014
I enjoyed the fact that I was always busy,if there were cycle times,or the machine was down I could go help in another part of the cell,was trained in different cells,were I gained further knowledge of benefit to the company.often I would go watch other positions,and help and train at the same time. enjoyed my fellow workers,always someone who is good with the jokes in any work place.every one very helpful when being trained in different cells.
production technician/forklift operator (Former Employee) – wingham maching – 18 November 2011
I loved working at wescast industries ,i terminated my employment there to take care of disabled husband. Great place to work , very good benefits and pay. I have no complaints, met many great friends and people at Wescast.