December was my last month in Quality Assurance (QA). During this time I continued to work on Operational Qualification (OQ) and Performance Qualification (PQ). I did this on current jobs and also had the opportunity to work on a brand new product from the beginning. This is the first time the product is being produced; it is completely new to the market, so I got to meet with the Product Manager to go through the manufacturing requirements.
I was involved in the write up of the OQ and PQ for this product, in which I measured how stable our manufacturing process is. It involves collecting data through measuring parts, followed by data analysis such as averages and standard deviation and then reporting the findings. The report also includes any issues that occurred and how we resolved them.
Following this I did a completely different task which was to calibrate our rulers. I had to gather every ruler used by an employee to make sure it was in good condition and not distorted in any way. We have a master rule that we calibrate them to. These were located in various places within various departments and I’m still hunting some down!
As well as the BTEC course I am on at college, I am also working on an NVQ at Parafix. The BTEC provides the theoretical side of my apprenticeship and the NVQ is more practical and work based.
This month my NVQ Assessor visited and we sat down and discussed my chosen pathway for my NVQ Level 2 and Level 3. For my Level 2 I have chosen to study CAD Drawing and Maintenance. For my Level 3 I have chosen to focus on CAD drawing, which will include, for example, 2D, 3D and presenting drawings correctly. Level 2 and 3 will both last a year each.
These options will both be useful in my end role at Parafix as I will use CAD a lot and it’s important to get a well rounded understanding of the equipment I will use and how to look after it.
I really enjoyed the Christmas break; it was lucky that all of my college assignments were due in before Christmas, so I was able to relax and enjoy spending time with my family. It’s good to get back to work though and to be productive again!
I’m now going to spend some time back in R&D, to work some more with CAD and will move into the Production Department at a later date.