Commercial Systems International is a window manufacturer based in the Marfleet area of Kingston upon Hull. After an interview on 20 August 2010 followed by a trial period (My boss said it was an extended interview, but I do not know the difference), I started work there on 20 September.
Most, if not all, of my work involved using two computer programs: Frame Project Pro (FP Pro) and CAMplus. FP Pro is used to compile the outer view of a window or door by adding various parts to a drawing. Examples of such parts are the outer frame, vent frame (the part that opens), beading (which holds the glass in place), transom and mullion.
Accessories could be added to either a part of a window or door or to a joint. One can also compile a collection of accessories and add that. From a folder containing hard copies of various arrangements, I noticed that some parts were always used with particular accessories; I therefore added the relevant accessories to the files containing those parts, so that those accessories were automatically applied to a window.
CAMplus is used to add machining details, such as holes and slots, to the profile of a part; these are added in order to allow handles, hinges and other accessories to be fitted. The file is then passed to a machine. There was hard copy information showing the details to be machined when particular accessories were to be fitted to a frame; I used this information to create CAMplus files.
I only did generic work for CSI, as opposed to work for specific jobs, although I did create the machining details for a handle I was given.
During my trial period, I was allowed to work from 09:00 to 17:00. Later, however, I was asked to work from 08:30 to 17:15. The trains that used to leave Hull at 17:30 and 18:00 now left at 17:38 and 18:14 respectively. Several times, this made the difference between catching one train and having to wait until the next one, although I twice missed the 18:14 train and had to catch the 19:14 train. At other times, however, it meant I returned home later, although this was alleviated if I had time to shop in Hull city centre instead of having to wait until I returned to Driffield.
My job ended on 17 December 2010. The reason was that the company did not have enough of the types of work I was being given.
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