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anno 1987 – 1988

I have no formal education more than as an installation electrician and a technical engineer on high school level.

After high school (installation electrician).
I started my career in an industrial workshop as a welder, I learned the skills as a welder at my fathers workshop repairing junk cars when I was younger.

As a industrial welder I learned both to be a better welder but also how a production line works. And how different departments rely on each other. I also learned that to be successful you need to suck it up, when pallet no 354 arrives you just set up and keep welding. There is a meditative beauty in knowing exactly how you should finalize a task and do it perfectly every time.

This was my first experience of production engineering.

In the same company I got the chance to work with different tasks except welding and one was to operate a pipe cutting unit, the setup really sucked, the base material was 6 M long 20 mm thin pipe that should be cut in to 800 mm length, the tool was really narrow and there was no support for the pipe so it was truly cumbersome and it was a measured work so my payment was depending on the amount of cut pipe-lenght I could produce.

To solve this I got my hands on a pair of screw clamps and align them along the pipe length, after that I worked 2 hour / day and the rest of the time I stayed out of sight (If remote work had been an option at that time I would go about doing other more fun stuff).

This was lesson no 2 in my production engineer experience.

In your worklife or privately:
You can always improve the way stuff is done, be an inventor and an explorer of possibilities.

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