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Old 05-12-2019, 09:55 PM
 
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I got a job working with glass where we have to drill through and saw it, but I keep cracking it by accident. I've been working there for almost a month now, and I have broken every glass material they have given me, and am very behind.

I just can't seem to drill or saw it, without causing scratches or cracks, as maybe my hands are not steady enough, especially after under pressure, with so many breaks.

But my friends say I am just starting out and it takes time, and not to worry. What do you think? Has anyone had a job like this before and can give me tips, especially since I feel I am not being as taught as I could be since the supervisors leave me alone a lot?
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Old 05-13-2019, 03:55 AM
 
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I got a job working with glass where we have to drill through and saw it, but I keep cracking it by accident. I've been working there for almost a month now, and I have broken every glass material they have given me, and am very behind.

I just can't seem to drill or saw it, without causing scratches or cracks, as maybe my hands are not steady enough, especially after under pressure, with so many breaks.

But my friends say I am just starting out and it takes time, and not to worry. What do you think? Has anyone had a job like this before and can give me tips, especially since I feel I am not being as taught as I could be since the supervisors leave me alone a lot?
Have you asked a supervisor/trainer to review your technique? I'm sure they showed you what to do initially, but now that you've been there a while and are not figuring it out on your own, you need to say something. Don't wait for them to come to YOU, go to THEM and TELL them what's happening. They may not realize what's going on. Maybe you can't judge how much pressure to apply to the glass well enough and they could give you tips how to do so.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:31 AM
 
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Unless your friends work there, I would discount anything they had to say about it. You need to be proactive and discuss this with either your trainer or an experienced coworker.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:09 AM
 
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Well they said that I just need to be more careful, but I am really not sure how though, in such an accident prone environment where the chances of something going wrong are really high, compared to other work environments I've been in.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Have you asked a supervisor/trainer to review your technique? I'm sure they showed you what to do initially, but now that you've been there a while and are not figuring it out on your own, you need to say something. Don't wait for them to come to YOU, go to THEM and TELL them what's happening. They may not realize what's going on. Maybe you can't judge how much pressure to apply to the glass well enough and they could give you tips how to do so.


This....you ask THEM for more training....
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:30 AM
 
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This....you ask THEM for more training....
Might not be about training. He just may not be able to modulate his pressure and strength well. I myself am very ham-handed, I could never work in environment with such fragile things.
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:41 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Is there anyway you can get some old or unwanted glass & spend time after work practicing this? You do need to ask for more training & advice.
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Old 05-13-2019, 12:42 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have done stained glass work for many years as a hobby, and have sold some of my work through consignment at galleries. When I had a business there were a couple of employees who were interested in learning to do stained glass work. Both were talented artists, and they had no problem learning to cut and drill glass, some with heavy textures. On the other hand, some people are just not able to handle delicate manual work, whether they lack a steady hand, or just don't have the dexterity. More training and practice may not help, and in a setting where you are paid to do that work, the wasted material and time is costing them money. Once they find out I would expect them to at most make one last effort and then let you go. After close to a month with no improvement, I would really start to look for something more suited to you.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:11 PM
 
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Might not be about training. He just may not be able to modulate his pressure and strength well. I myself am very ham-handed, I could never work in environment with such fragile things.
Perhaps this is it, is that I am use to working in an environment where you have to beat the materials into submission. But even when I am careful I am told I am too slow and need to get things done in about four times the amount of time, I am now, cause I'm trying to be so careful. I can work in a fast paced environment, just not sure how to be so careful simultaneously.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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So you haven't been able to do your job successfully, for a month, and your employers think this is normal?
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