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Do You Take Breaks In The Shop?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:16 pm

Ok time for a really random poll I just thought of...

When working in the shop/hangar/whatever, do you take breaks or just work through untill either you're done the project, had enough for the day, or it's time for something else?

Was wondering that yesterday as I was working in the shop on my screw gauge. We are now down to 2 shop days left to finish that as well as our corrosion project, and I noticed it seemed as if about half the class takes the 20 minute break every afternoon, and about half the class works right through it. And almost everyone who I figured wouldn't finish a project in time for marking was in the take a break camp. Not a big deal I guess as we probably should get a break, but I just find that we all payed the same for the course, but the ones that work through at least part of the breaks seem to be getting more out of it.

That and why would anyone want a break from aviation-related activities?

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RE: Do You Take Breaks In The Shop?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:08 pm

Quoting CanadianNorth (Thread starter):
why would anyone want a break from aviation-related activities?

Sometimes working on a frustrating snag, it's better to walk away for 5 minutes and calm down rather than do what you want- which usually involves throwing something the length of the hangar.
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RE: Do You Take Breaks In The Shop?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:11 pm

If I don't take short breaks while working on a project, I will probably make a lot of mistakes that I'll have to go back and fix.
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RE: Do You Take Breaks In The Shop?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:09 pm

I work in a mail depot currently, so after several hours of lifting heavy sacks and parcels in a not so warm warehouse I'm not going to turn down a break. When working on my own projects I tend to start work about 8pm and go through to about 5am non stop, then hit the sack - I work much better at night, so it makes more sense to do it that way.

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RE: Do You Take Breaks In The Shop?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:12 pm

I'm on a constant break at the lab....
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RE: Do You Take Breaks In The Shop?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:23 pm

My job is subject to Arizona Judicial Merit System requirements. We are required to take two uninterrupted 15 minute breaks-one in the morning and one in the afternoon as well as a one hour uninterrupted lunch. The employee may choose to leave the work area for the breaks or remain in the work area as long as they do not perform any job related functions. When your scheduled time comes up, you just stop right where you are.
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RE: Do You Take Breaks In The Shop?

Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:45 pm

During night shift on the line we see each incoming aircraft first and do the daily check. When the whole fleet is in (usually around 01:00am local time), the mechanics report to me about snags found and I allocate the additional work (I'm shift leader). Then we go to a coffee shop for a 30 minute break, before continuing. If there is a serious problem with an aircraft we might work straight through, but this is exception. When everything is finished, around 4amm to 5 am local, we have another coffee before opening up the planes and preflighting them.

During day shift, we have break according to flight plan, whenever our planes are in the air.

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