Marcus Fehily & Neil Lewis - Production Programmers
What is your job role?
MF: We are both Production Programmers
Can you explain what that involves?
MF: We do the design check on all of the fans to ensure they are made from the correct material and will work as they should. This is a crucial part of the job as it is a safety check that the parts will work together as they should.
NL: We do any modifications to the standard range if they are required and anything that is deemed to be a special design. We work closely with the shop floor and we dictate their workload to ensure that delivery times are met.
What makes your job role important?
MF: We make sure the fan is designed to the customer specification and is what the customer has ordered.
NL: We are the last point of administration and design before the product goes down to manufacture.
Do you do any product design?
MF: We do some design for the factory on occasion but all fan designs are done by David the MD. We change standard drawings for the special fans.
NL: Yes, sometimes we get involved with creating and designing things that are used in house such as manufacturing jigs and racking. It really helps us to develop our AutoCAD skills when we get involved with in house projects and we can transfer these skills to creating drawings for special fans.
What is the next part of the manufacturing process after programming?
NL: We use AutoCAD and in house software to send the batched parts to the factory.
MF: We send a batch down to the two lasers, once these parts have been cut they are allocated to the relevant job bin ready to be fabricated.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
MF: Drawing up fans from scratch can be a challenge and requires exceptional attention to detail, however this is a challenge that bring variety and a sense of achievement to my job.
NL: Non-standard features always require some extra work and this can sometime be a challenge. Prioritising work load can also be a challenge but can also add to the enjoyment.
What previous experience have you had and how does this help you in your current role?
MF: I have worked for RHF Fans since leaving college. My first role within the company was as a laser operative and I then went onto complete my RHF in house training course. This course allows operatives to work in every area of manufacturing to develop their understanding of the products and processes within the business. I gained knowledge on aspects such as material types and how the fans fit together. Working as a laser operative allowed me to understand how my current job impacts upon the fabrication department and therefore how to work alongside them more productively.
NL: I previously worked for another fan manufacturer and have been at RHF Fans for 4 Years. I have experience as a site engineer, carrying out dynamic balancing and working as a fitter. This experience put me at an advantage when joining the programming department and I had substantial product knowledge. I have however learned many new skills in this position and have seen the company from another perspective.
Do you have any relevant qualifications?
MF: I have an AutoCAD qualification and also in house qualifications.
NL: Most of my experience is on the job experience. I started as a welder and then changed direction as I found that fitting suited my skills more closely. I have gained experience over time and this has allowed me to progress to my current position.