Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Southern California
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Factory work isn't for the faint of heart. We are now on summer hours 6am to 2:30pm with the occasional mandatory overtime. Less than 1/2 of new hires unfamiliar with factory work make it past 2 weeks.
new unskilled hires are put on grinding detail ( 8 hours a day ), once they master grinding they get moved up to molding and laminating, after that two different paths either detailing or assembly. A smart talented person with a good foundation might take 3 years to become a full assembly team member.
Assembly starts out as a parts runner, then moves up to a assi't installer, then to a jr. Installer, then to a team member.
Becoming a full fledged team member in the carpentry shop has fewer steps, but takes longer time. A ships carpenter is a skill that takes a very very long time to master, even in at a fiberglass boat builder.
Becoming lead in the rigging shop requires that 3 people ahead of you retire.2 are in their early 30s.
Last edited by WDS123; 07-04-2011 at 09:21 AM.