As CNC machine operators/machinists, technicians, even button-pushers, we’re a breed apart. As I stated previously in an article dedicated to CNC shop management and ownership issues, “We tend to be gear heads, persons interested in how things work, passionate about our trade and our skills…”.
We are passionate about what we do and how we do it. There may be more than one way to skin a cat (or knock out that spindle replacement), and you’ll certainly find most of us willingly acknowledging this…right before continuing to show you the best way. We sure as heck are not afraid to get our hands dirty or to attempt new solutions to old problems.
Just like the machines and materials we work with on a daily basis, we come in all shapes and sizes and personality types: some of us smooth around the edges, others a little rough but still full of character. Some of us are a bit older and seasoned, much like that old used CNC machine that may have a bit o’ grey but runs like a workhorse.
The HaasPlus.com blog has a fun post touching on the different makes and models that comprise the people in our industry. From the “Perfectionist”, “Energizer Bunny”, to the “CNC DIY enthusiast” they cover any number of the personality types I’ve encountered over the years. Take a look and see if you recognize yourself.
One of my favorites: The Teacher. The Teacher is an instrumental figure in the lives of those just starting out. Patient and willing to instruct while never just giving you the answer, thereby allowing those fresh on the block to truly learn and understand their trade. They realize they could just program that g-code for you but understand it’s better for you to do it yourself, to train your mind to think logically and muscle through. The Teacher was instrumental in my life and I’ve seen it time and again with regard to others.
How about you? As the HaasPlus.com blog post asks, did they miss any personality types? Where do you fit in?