1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Welding and Fabrication; daily tasks involve looking through assigned work and completing them within the given timeframe. Working with the machine shop and other areas to produce accurate, high quality work that customers are happy to receive. My responsibilities include ensuring my quality of work remains high and prioritising work by the most important while keeping within time constraints. A typical day will include the cutting, welding, grinding and bending of material.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My welding and fabrication skills have developed from almost non-existent to reasonably good within my time here. I am currently learning to use computer aided design software.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The program has frustrating parts but overall is enjoyable, the team I work with are friendly and there are few people I haven't gotten on with.
4. How valued do you feel by Caterpillar?
Earlier in the year I expressed concerns over my course and my ability to complete it. So far, I feel very little has been done about it and I am in danger of failing unless my pathway is changed soon but every time I have brought this up I have been told to wait.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Induction was well structured in the first few weeks, taking us over site safety and various other key points to know before we started. It's hard for me to say past that since I have been in my area since then and haven't rotated. College isn't well organised but that's to be expected from PRC, of the 3 courses I have taken there none have been particularly well organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive plenty of assistance from my college tutors when needed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My first manager wasn't very supportive but my new one is. My team leader has given my plenty of guidance for my work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Work occasionally organise events for apprentices.
9. Would you recommend Caterpillar to a friend?
While there are some apparent flaws in the system its overall a good place to work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Caterpillar?
Don't pick welding and fabrication if you don't think you'll pass
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