Process Engineers



Manufacturing at UFC includes the shop (machinists, sheet metal and assemblers) and process engineering. Process engineers, or ‘methods’ as they are commonly referred to on the job and in this work, are responsible for preparing operating instructions for machinists to use in part production. They program NC lathes, milling machines and punch presses.1 Planning is not an autonomous operation, but a supportive function to machinists’ work. Although these occupations depend upon close cooperation with one another to produce parts, they are represented by different union locals. Machinists are represented by Local 3 and methods by Local 8.


Machine Tool Machine Process Part Production Process Engineer Planning Department 
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    Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital, Andrew Zimbalist (ed.), Case Studies on the Labor Process; and Mike Cooley, Architect or Bee?: The Human Technology Relationship (Boston: South End Press, 1980)Google Scholar

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© Lorraine Giordano 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Center for Research in Vocational EducationUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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