05. September 2016

Tom: Experience in Production

Tom in production

The summer holidays have come and gone, and I have finished my first year at college – having completed and passed my VRQ Level 3 (year 1 of 2) Diploma in Engineering Technology. As college was closed for the summer holidays, I have been spending one day a week in production at the Northampton office. This has involved working with the HARTING Customised Solutions part of the production facility.

The opportunity to work within production has enabled me to broaden my knowledge, and now I am able to apply it when providing technical assistance and CAD drawings for customers. The tasks I have been carrying out include crimping with both handheld tooling and the in-house crimp machinery, pull testing, heat shrinking, and cutting cable and conduit.

The capabilities of the Northampton production facility include pull testing, AC/DC testing, as well as individual test reports.  We are able to provide this service across a wide range of sectors, and can meet different bespoke requirements.

My favourite part was making up cable assemblies, this was carried out with an experienced cable assembly engineer. It was really beneficial being able to see the whole assembly being put together, across the whole process from design to production. Especially as my role involves the CAD design for these.

It was great to spend time with production and get an understanding of what everyone does, they all made me feel very welcome. This hands on approach has further developed my experience, as well as gaining more confidence on knowing more about both products and processes.

Now the summer has come to an end I am preparing for my second year at college, which includes CAD, advanced milling, and mechanical principles. I am interested in starting a HNC and really looking forward to this year. Join me as my journey continues in this blog series…

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