Engineering and issuesiring

So this was my very first week of real work, real life, real issues, blah blah blah. Pretty much amazing. On Monday was the first day for all the interns and we had like a magical-musical tour all over the place. 500,000 m^2 of real steel and engineering. Tuesday we all met our supervisors and then the real work started. TenarisTamsa is the #1 Steel tubes producer all over the world and I’m in the heat treatments area. What was left of tuesday plus all wednesday i had to read and study almost 1500 pages of information. Thursday morning i was in the middle of a big problem on the straightener machine and everybody was talking, yelling, saying, whatever. People, i must admit that i was scared, cuz i just didn’t know WHAT THE FUCK. I mean, i understood what was happening, even why was happening, but i just couldn’t come up with any kind of solution, i felt useless and like a burden for the team, i felt this mythical thing of “everything you’ve learned in college, will be 5% useful in your job”. Also, knowing that you will have people under your command and that you must make the right decisions in order to do a good job is a little bit harder than i thought. And i must not forget when my supervisor asked me how the “walking beam” mechanism worked (just some shit that make the tubes go forward on the furnace), and well, you shouldn’t go inside the furnace cuz its about 900 ºC, so i just saw pictures and drawings and my big imagination to understand it. When i thought i understood it, my supervisor asked me about it, i answered and it was wrong, sbagliato, falsch and he explained it to me. That was the second i realized this is real life, not a homework, not a school project, not even a final test of college. This means i must use all my senses to do a good work, an excellent work, that this is beyond studying and understanding.

Another thing i found pretty interesting is when you meet new people in the work. Some of them excellent persons, really nice, kind, open minded and ready to teach you everything they know, that feels awesome i must say, they treat you like an equal. BUT there are others, that think you are here to take away their job, so they treat you like shit and say you are good for nothing. It is easy to say something like “its doesn’t matter what people say or think about you” but it is totally different when you live it and survive it cuz you realize that you really know NOTHING about this shit and you must act or at least pretend that you know something.

It was pretty entertaining also to see that it doesn’t matter if you are 23 or 53, if you are an idiot you will always be an idiot. Yesterday i was in a meeting of all the work we are suppose to do next week. I am in charge of changing some globe valves cuz they are to big and the screw is in a place it is not suppose to be so…whatever, this guy like in his 50’s, said something really, reaaaally stupid, even i was thinking like, dude WTF are you talking about? and my supervisor said it out loud, “dude what the fuck are you saying? are you an idiot?”. We all laughed.

So summarizing, this week was full of fucking tons of information, meeting new people, realizing what a real job is, feeling like the biggest idiot and not like an engineer, to be called “engineer” for the 1st time, fish food, money, beer, more reading about valves and heat treatment processes, 36 ºC outside, 48 ºC inside, 22ºC in the office, wearing security shirts and pants, security vest, helmet, security glasses, security boots, security ear protectors, fire proof jacket, chinese people on the corner fighting (ill explain later), 1 hour bus travels, 6 am waking up, 7 pm arriving home, drawings, a very cool steel smell, in other words, working on the very 1st steel tube manufacturing enterprise all over the globe, also I’m getting paid next tuesday.

Not bad for the first week.