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TheDailyLifeofaMedicalManufacturingCompanyEngineer

MynameisCristinaGuillenDiazandIworkforTinasM.M.C,
whichstandsforMedicalManufacturingCompany.Ihavebeenworkingfor
thiscompanyfor5yearsnowandIhavehaveenjoyedmakingadifference
inpeopleslifewithmywork.Also,Iloveinteractingwithmyfriendly
coworkersonadailybasistheyareinnovative,responsible,andrespectful
anditisalwaysajoytoworkwithpeoplewhoareeasytoworkwith.Atthis
companyweareallengineers,alldifferenttypesofengineers,whohave
graduatedfroma4yearcollegeoruniversitywithaBachelorsofScience
degreeinaspecifictypeofengineering.Wealsoworkwithothercompanies
tocollaboratewiththeirengineers,sowecanimproveourproducts.
RecentlyIinterviewedanengineerfromoneoftheothercompanies
mycompanycollaborateswith.HisnameisMr.Gandhehasworkedinthe
Industrial/Manufacturingfieldformorethantwentyyears.Currently,heis
theDirectorofQualityandPlanningatalocalmedicaltextilecompany.He
obtainedabachelor'sdegreeinSystemsEngineering,buttohavehis
positiononecangotoschoolforeitherindustrialengineering,chemical

engineeringorbiomedicalengineeringandhavesomesortofcertificationin
qualityandplanningorsupplychain.Mostengineersweworkwithhavea
salarynothourlypay,andthethepayscaleforanengineerinthemedical
manufacturingindustryisinthebracketof$75,000to$135,000.Workhours
areMondaythroughFriday,fortyhoursaweekfromeightinthemorningto
fiveintheafternoon.Thosearesethoursbuttheycanalsobeflexibleif
needed.Inaddition,apartfromtheregularscheduleMr.Gisoncall24/7
andwhenrequired,hehastoworkovertimewithoutgettingpaid.
TheDirectorofQualityandPlanningsdailyroutineincludes
activitiesthathavetobeperformedinthemorningandsomethathavetobe
doneintheafternoon.Inthemorninghehastocheckthebacklogofthe
differentqualitylabstodeterminehourstobeallocatedforthejobandhe
hastoreviewthescrap,alsoknowasthedefectproducts,oftheprevious
day.Inaddition,hehastoassistplanningmeetingandmeetwithquality
engineerstoprioritizecertainjobs.Intheafternoon,Mr.Greviews
documentsthathavetobeapprovedlikecustomerspecifications,work
instructionsetc.andafterhereviewsthemhehastheoptionofapproving
themiftheyarecorrect.Also,hereviewsandauthorizesthedeliverydays
forincomingpurchaseordersandheisalwaysoncallforthefollowing:

qualitycallsforsuspecteddefectproductsoftheday,givedirectionsto
productionplannersonschedulingpriorities,andhandleshippingquestions.
Apartfromthoseactivitieshehastowearbusinesscasualclotheseveryday
likekhakisandadressshirtandinthemanufacturingcontrolenvironment,
labcoats,shoecovers,andhairnetsarerequired.Hedoesotherspecificjobs
andattendsdifferentmeetingdependingontheday,buthedoesthestated
activitiesonadailybasis.
Mr.Gadmittedthattheiraregreataspectsaboutthejobbutalsonot
sogreatpoints.Apositivepointisthatthereismuchsatisfactionthatcomes
withthefactthatbyperforminghisjobheishelpingsavelives.He
overlookstheprocessoftextilesthatareusedtomakemedicalpartsand
thosepartsgoinpeoplesbodies.Iftheyaremaderight,thosepartscansave
someone.Ontheotherhandiftheirisadefectedproduct,someonecould
die.Heconfessedthatitisahugeresponsibilitytoworkforasuchcompany
becausehecanmakeadecisionthatcouldendsomeoneslife,butonthe
otherhand,agooddecisioncouldsavealife.Takingthatintoconsideration,
hehastobecautiousaboutthedecisionshemakesandtakeallaspectsinto
consideration.ToavoidmakingbaddecisionsMr.Ghastoreporttovarious

supervisors.HehastoanswertotheDirectorofOperations,theExecutive
DirectorOfproductCompliance,andthePresidentoftheCompany.
TherearemanybenefitsthatcomewithMr.Gsposition.Hisjob
contractincludeshealthinsurance,dentalinsurance,lifeinsuranceanda
401Kretirementfund.Also,theiristravelinginvolvedbutitistovisit
customerswhoarenotsatisfied.Inaddition,ifheworkedinabigger
company,thenextstepandpossibilityofadvancementistobecomeaVP
butathissmallerlocalcompanyitisdifficulttoadvance.Moreoverthere
aremanyjobsintheareaforaqualityengineersandproductionplannersand
schedulers.
Itwasapleasuretointerviewsuchagreatpersonandengineer,like
Mr.G.IenjoyedlearningwhatitisliketobetheDirectorofQualityand
PlanningandIhopetoearnsucharespectedpositiononedayinmy
company.FornowIwilldomybestasanengineeratTinasM.M.C.