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SAE vs. Metric

SAE vs. Metric

Mike took a job as the Field Services Manager for a small industrial services firm. The firm provided a variety of services, but anything done in the field was Mike’s responsibility. He made a point of visiting every active job and watching people work. Something he noticed repeatedly is that even the mechanics were constantly […]

Good Work Habits

Good Work Habits

Two people of similar technical ability may complete similar work in very different timeframes. Why is this? The one who completes work sooner practices good work habits, the “slower” one does not. These same two individuals have different error rates, too. Guess which one has the lower error rate? Most companies do not have a […]

Standard Practices May Be Outdated Practices

Standard Practices May Be Outdated Practices

It’s been said you can’t beat experience. But does experience beat you? It’s great to have standard practices based on years of experience, but don’t let that experience be a substitute for actively looking for more efficient ways of doing things. An apprentice electrician was having problems making correct openings in drywall. The mistakes weren’t […]

Who Organizes Your Gangboxes?

Who Organizes Your Gangboxes?

In many electrical contracting firms, the project manager gives a job overview to the crew and says, “Be there at six tomorrow morning.” They have a good idea of what tools, supplies, and equipment will be needed, so one of them packs up a gangbox accordingly. They don’t have to worry about the raceway, wire, […]

Don’t Hamper Craft Capability

Don’t Hamper Craft Capability

Craft capability is important, but sole reliance on it has a big efficiency cost. Don’t hamper craft capability with any of the following: Outdated methods. What are your five most commonly performed tasks? When is the last time you reviewed the procedures for doing them? Do you even have procedures? What about training on task […]