I gave up a career in research for practical work
My typical workday? Well, that depends on what kind of products I’m making and what machine I’m using. My job is computer-controlled metal machining. My duties include programming and running machines, and I produce high-precision components for various needs according to the drawings of our customers.
I mainly work with a sliding head-type CNC lathe, and lately also with a grinder. In this work, you develop constantly. The work gets more and more diverse every time you learn to use a new machine. I’m a career changer. By my earlier training, I’m a Master of Biochemistry, and I worked as a researcher. I’ve always loved to work with my hands. As a researcher I realized that I want to do work that is closer to practice. I wanted to shift from planning to producing, and I also transferred to a whole new field.
The metal industry caught my interest, and I went to study CNC machining. I first got an on-the-job training position at Mectalent, and now I work here full time. This is a suitable workplace if you enjoy challenging tasks and are interested in the metal industry. The work is challenging because we have to carry out our customers’ needs at precisely the required accuracy, and deliveries have to be made in the agreed time.
My work as a researcher wasn’t wasted. Although it’s a different field, the way of thinking is very similar. My background as a researcher has been useful in problem solving and planning work methods and sequences. My work requires patience, diligence and accuracy – meticulousness also comes in handy.