Tape Measuring The Test Stations

While testing a unit this afternoon at one of the EI stations facing reverse flow I happened to notice Big Dog crawling around on all fours with a tape measure in one hand. I didn’t say anything for a minute or two. I watched what he was doing which seemed entirely weird to me. He crawled to a test rack, measured the distance between it and the next one, then repositioned them on the floor. Grabbing a test station with both hands Big Dog wiggled it around until he was satisfied with it’s position. Eventually he wrenched each of the safety supports underneath the stations back into contact with the floor and moved to another spot. Those supports are on long threaded studs. We wrench them snug against flooring to keep each station exactly where we want it. Can’t roll around free when they are engaged along with a support bar that is placed in front of each station for an added measure of safety.

I called over to Big Dog asking him what he was doing with his tape measure and those racks. As he looked over in my direction he scowled and shook his head.

He said, “Project Showcase.”

“Huh? What’s that got to do with moving test stations an inch or so on the floor?”

Big Dog said, “Miss Axeman wants every one of our racks positioned with the exact same distance between them so they will ‘look good’ when she brings customers through the area on a tour. It’s bullshit. Not like I don’t already have enough on my plate to do without any help.”

I laughed at his explanation as he shuffled off towards another row of test stations with a length of yellow tape measure scraping along floor tiles. That’s so stupid. What an incredible waste of Big Dog’s time, too. He’s pretty much the only person in our entire department making sure every piece of test equipment in our racks is calibrated and functioning properly. Junk like this will put him further behind schedule while accomplishing absolutely nothing. I could tell Big Dog was angry about being assigned such a dumb Project Showcase task.

What next? Maybe Treehead’s Niece will clean dust off the overhead light fixtures for us. Boeing’s engineers will undoubtedly take note of our immaculate overhead lighting during their ensuing visit and place a billion dollar order with us because of it. Not.

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~ by factorypeasant on August 14, 2007.

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