Transcript: Paint Process Engineer | Mar 31, 1999

Jane Spence stands in a factory. She’s in her thirties, with curly blond hair tied-up. She is wearing safety glasses with a yellow edge and a blue overall.

Jane says ALRIGHT, THIS IS THE PVC
AREA OF THE PAINT SHOP.

A caption appears on screen. It reads “Jane Spence. Mechanical Engineer.”

Jane continues BASICALLY WHAT PVC DOES IS
IT SEALS ALL THE UNDERBODY
SEAMS OF THE CAR, DOES SOME
OF THE RUST PROTECTION,
PREVENTS WATER LEAKS, AND
IS A GENERAL REDUCTION --
WHAT WE USE FOR ROAD NOISE.
SO WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE
IS THEY'RE ACTUALLY ROBOTS
THAT SPRAY THE
UNDERSIDE OF THE CAR.
AFTERWARDS, TEAM MEMBERS
APPLY THE BEADS, AND THEY
TAKE A SMALL BRUSH AND FIX
THE SEAMS, INSPECT THE CAR
AND MAKE SURE THAT
EVERYTHING IS OKAY.
SO THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT'S
HAPPENING IN THIS PARTICULAR
AREA OF THE PAINT SHOP.

A robotic arm works in a car production line.

Jane continues MY ROLE IN THIS IS
BASICALLY I COORDINATE WITH
MAINTENANCE AND PRODUCTION AND
TRY TO IMPROVE THE PROCESSES.
SO, INITIALLY, ENGINEERING
HELPED SET UP THAT PROCESS
SO WE SET ALL THE STANDARDIZED
WORK OF HOW THEY DO THEIR WORK.
WE LOOK AT THE ROBOTS, DECIDE
HOW THEY'RE GOING TO BE
TAUGHT, HOW WE CAN IMPROVE HOW
THEY ACTUALLY APPLY THOSE BEADS.
AND CONTINUALLY WORK ON
REDUCING THE COSTS OF
DOING THIS PROCESS.

A male worker applies brush strokes to an automobile part.

Jane continues REDUCE HOW MUCH MATERIAL
WE HAVE TO USE, HOW MUCH
WASTE WE HAVE IN THE PROCESS.
SO THAT'S OUR GENERAL
ROLE IN THIS AREA.

Looking at the work in progress of a green car, Jane continues WE'RE CURRENTLY WORKING
ON EVERY TIME THE BEAD
TURNS A CORNER TO REDUCE
THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL
ON THAT CORNER BECAUSE
ESSENTIALLY YOU'RE OVERLAPPING
THE MATERIAL AND
USING TOO MUCH.
IN THE TEACHING OF THE ROBOT,
WE'RE ACTUALLY SPEEDING
UP THE ROBOT THROUGH
THAT PROCESS AND REDUCING
THE FLOW OF MATERIAL.
SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT
WE'RE WORKING ON CURRENTLY.
ALSO, THE MATERIAL ITSELF,
WE'RE WORKING WITH DIFFERENT
KINDS TO TRY TO IMPROVE
HOW IT GOES ON THE CAR.
SO WHAT VISCOSITY DOES
IT HAVE TO BE THAT'S IDEAL,
AND WHAT SPRAY SPEED
AND TEMPERATURE
WE SHOULD BE RUNNING AT.
SO WE'RE TRYING TO TIGHTEN
UP PARAMETERS AND TO IMPROVE
THE PROCESS.
YOU MAY BE WONDERING HOW
I ENDED UP IN A CAREER
IN ENGINEERING.
BASICALLY, IN HIGH SCHOOL
I WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED
IN MATHS AND SCIENCES.
SO I ENDED UP TAKING
THEM THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL,
AND IT WASN'T UNTIL I WAS
APPLYING FOR UNIVERSITIES
THAT I DECIDED TO GO
INTO APPLIED SCIENCE.
ORIGINALLY I WAS
THINKING OF GOING INTO
STRAIGHT SCIENCES, BUT
MY GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR
SUGGESTED THAT I MIGHT BE MORE
INTERESTED IN APPLIED SCIENCES.
SO I CHANGED MY APPLICATION
AND ENDED UP LIKE THAT.
AFTER FOUR YEARS OF
UNIVERSITY, I WORKED IN
MANUFACTURING AND
I ENDED UP HERE.
SO BASICALLY THERE ARE
A LOT OF EMERGING CAREERS
IN ENGINEERING.
NEW TECHNOLOGY IS ALWAYS
DEVELOPING, AND WE'RE ALWAYS
INTERESTED IN NEW
ROBOTICS, NEW THINGS THAT
WILL IMPROVE OUR PROCESSES.
AND IT'S ALWAYS AN EXCITING
MOVE TO TRY OUT NEW THINGS.

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