Pipe Fitter (Current Employee) – Osborne, ENG – 9 August 2015
A typical day at work would have me installing pipe or changing pipe to meet with updated drawings/changes. Brazing pipework or getting pipework Tig welded by a qualified Tig welder. Also pressure testing of pipework and equipment in a group or in pairs.
I have learned a lot while working at ASC AWD, I've learnt how to properly install, prepare, braze pipework and also how to use small bending machines and all sorts of different special tools. I've learnt about pressure testing pipe work on a large scale, and how being a team or small group can be more effective than being solo.
Management of jobs was near non existent. The workers were given tasks that would cross over with other trades, and we would be told to "work it out" or "just work in with them". A common statement from management was "it is what it is". This would make it very hard to get things done on time and to avoid damage of pipes and equipment. The leading hands have become the supervisors in that they give everyone their jobs and have to sort everything out because the people above them aren't doing their job. Management often make major mistakes and are never told off or held accountable for them, it would always fall down to the worker to fix it. They would often push the worker to work faster and would rather speed over quality. Often telling people to cut corners to save time or money. New ideas which would increase production times and save money were often not looked at because in the short term it costed money, even though in the long term you'd save thousands. The trade managers and above allmore... seemed to be doing the right thing however and i generally found the fault to be in the people below them.
My co-workers were in similar situation that i was in for problems with management, and the majority of my co-workers were great people, who often would look out for each other on safety and quality of a job. We worked well in groups and teams and encouraged each other to perform better and better.
The hardest part of the job was constantly having to cut things out that you had recently put in, due to issues with drawings or management not managing the tasks correctly, so therefore crossing over in trades or equipment would result in damaged pipework.
The most enjoyable part of the job was working with my co-workers and installing pipework/equipment to a high standard and having a laugh along the way. I am also proud at the end result at what everyone has achieved. Having my friends and family with me to see the ship go in the water for the first time was a highlight in the project for me.
Even with all the problems that we have faced over the years, we still enjoy working here because of the people we work with and the pride we take in what we are able to achieve together.
I hope that ASC AWD can make some changes in their management so that the overall job can be completed to a higher standard and on schedule.less
Good co-workers, Good money, Proud of job when completed.
Short break times, badly managed, canteen food is average at best.