Production Supervisor, Karl
One of AJN’s Production Supervisors
Q. What does your role involve?
As one of AJNs Production Supervisors I’m responsible for the day-to-day running and supervision of Shed 3 (fabrication bay/laser/plasma and drill machines) at Kentford. I liaise with the production office / manager to check and make sure production schedules are all working correctly throughout the day. It’s also my responsibility to keep track and issue work for the plate machines on the shop floor to make sure the work goes out at the correct time and to make sure safety and quality are adhered to.
I also work closely with machine manufactures to try and keep a good working relationship with them and I try to make sure I’m always available for any questions, advice and education if needed.
Q. How long have you worked at AJN and why did you choose to work here?
I’ll have been at AJN for 15 years in November (2022). Prior to that I was working as a sub-contractor and helped in the fabrication and fitting of the aisle guides in Shed 1 and 2 to get the Kentford site up and running.
I then was offered a job and have never looked back!
Q. What do you best like about your job?
It is always different from day-to-day. I also like seeing the new starters improve and become accomplished operators.
Q. Looking at the company today compared to when you started, what do you think has changed the most and has it changed for the better?
Over the last 15 years the growth of AJN has been amazing and I feel a sense of pride to be a small part of this. For me it shows that AJN has great employees, great management and the vision to keep progressing.
Q. What did you do before life at AJN?
I started working in the steel industry at the age of 16 and trained as a welder/fabricator before moving to steel erecting with a bit of maintenance.
I also worked as a detached youth worker in the evenings, working with 11 to 16-year olds who were hanging around the streets and street corners with nothing to do. Our aim was to set up events and activities to try and get them off the streets and to offer advice and support when needed.
I was also a football coach working with 13-16 year olds for Whitton Utd, before taking over as reserve team manager.
Q. What’s your best memory or biggest achievement during your time at AJN?
Working as part of a team to help get our Henstridge site up and running and the operatives working in the AJN way. Becoming Production Supervisor.
Q. What advice would you give to somebody considering a career in the steel construction industry?
Prepare for hard work. Try not to be intimidated by the steel but appreciate how dangerous it can be.
Q. What do you do in your spare time – any hobbies or interests?
I like riding motorbikes and following the British Superbikes as well as mountain biking with the family and scuba Diving (although I haven’t done this for a while).