Shop Class As Soulcraft- How Our Craft Gives Us Meaning

If you are the kind of person that likes to feel connected to your work, that wants the satisfaction of not only making a difference, but being there when it happens, then this book is for you.

Great book.

Great book.

The satisfaction that  you can have- from a career in precision machining is making things, making  a difference, and knowing that at the end of the day, the challenges and demands of the manufacturing work were fully met by your  talent, skill, knowledge and spirit.

If you are the kind of person that prefers the real world to abstractions and experiential learning to talking heads and shuffling papers, you will find this book,  Shop Craft as Soulcraft to be worth your time.

I have always worked in Manufacturing. Even while I was in college, working at a local steel plant. Every car I saw on the road, I knew had “our steel” in it. As I moved up the ladder I learned different things – like we were making a heat of steel for Gillette for razor blades, or a special heat to make the pins to hold piano wire.

I enjoyed my time in the steel industry because I got to work on interesting technical high value issues and processes. And eventually,  as I integrated my college studies with my work as a lab supervisor, my responsibilities included certifying the analysis and quality of million dollar + production runs of steel. While at the lab, I learned to operate lathes and milling machines and production grinders, so that I could assure safe operation of this equipment by my crew. This knowledge of machining processes later helped me at a different company, when customers thought that the steel itself might explain their machining difficulties. (It usually was their process, not the steel.)

Today, I bring my manufacturing and steelmaking expertise to the members of the Precision Machined Products Association. They are the ones that get to make anti-lock brake parts, parts for food service applications, appliances, computers, medical devices, airplanes and satellites. They are the people that make things with modern equipment, in modern shops. things that make a difference in our everyday lives.

The satisfaction that they get- and you can have- from a career in precision machining is making things, making  a difference, and knowing that at the end of the day, the challenges and demands of the manufacturing work were fully met by their talents, knowledge and spirit.

You don’t get that kind of satisfaction working in a cubicle.

If you are the kind of person that prefers the real world to abstractions and experiential learning to talking heads and shuffling papers, you will find this book,  Shop Craft as Soulcraft to be worth your time.

It just might make a difference for you.

 

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