originally posted by: Strate8
I am assuming that manufacturing scientific and medical equipment you face a lot of regulatory and quality compliance requirements. Which I generally
group that type of manufacturing in the higher end. Not junk that gets sold in Walmart.
Which is why it sounds odd to me that, taking you at your word, average workers don't seem to be picking up how to operate a fairly simple piece of
Correct, I don't want to go into too much detail on which equipment because then I'm easy to identify. But there's three things at work here:
1. There's running the machines to build our products.
2. There's knowing our products in order to maintain and repair them.
3. There's using our products properly.
I'm only directly involved with 1 and 2 on that list, more with 2 than 1.
When I say people are slow, I mean they are really slow. In order to make any training materials dealing with a product (anything from fully
interactive VR/AR simulations to powerpoint documents), I need to be certified on that product so that I get the information right. The product I'm
working on now, our technicans typically need 6+ months of study on in order to pass a certification test. I knocked this one out in under 2 days.
And that's for the smarter people. On some of our less complex products (things that are literally just a box and a couple circuit boards), I've
learned them in under an hour and we have people who still need 3+ months for them.
On the factory floor for some of our low end equipment, we have people where their job is simply to insert a piece of metal in a press, then stack the
now bent metal in a pile. The guy who does this took 3 weeks to learn how to do his very simple and repetitive job efficiently enough that he wasn't
creating a backlog of parts.
Then there's #3 which I'm not directly involved with, I only hear stories from our support teams handling customer issues. Lets just say that I've
heard enough that I have a healthy and robust distrust of any sort of lab results due to improperly applied forensic science.
Which one of those sound closest?
None of the above.
Depending on the plant, we have some great workforces. Despite it still being factory work, I do not look down on the people who build some of our
higher end equipment. We have plants where the entire factory workforce has masters and phd degrees in hard sciences, electrical engineering, etc...
and it shows, they are very smart and capable people.
However, in other locations, they're just low quality people who work jobs that don't demand anything of them so they never have to get better, and
that is something I have a big problem with. There's nothing wrong with starting from scratch, but I see a lot wrong with people who don't do
anything to better themselves from there. But, most people who do better themselves, don't stay in the traditional low end blue collar work for long.