NetComm was one of the larger electronics companies within Australia. Mostly we developed user endpoint devices and capitalised on the boom of technologies in as part of the Australian National Broadband Network. NetComm had previously made a name for itself with its fixed wireless devices, but was moving into uncharted technology with the invention of Fibre to the Kerb (Fiber to the Curb or FttC). This FttC project was my primary focus for the years that I worked at NetComm.
My Posistion as a production engineer had encompassed many responsibilities. I was almost soley responsible for all testing software on the production floor. To write code to test the product, it required a deep understanding and intimacy of the product from a systems level, including the electrical, software and mechanical systems. This was a major project for the company, and it had to be done correctly. As well as just being a very high quality to my work, there were also, as always many other pressures present. A large focus was the time it took to test an individual unit. While saving a second here or there may not seem like much, when you are manufacturing millions of units, and the company is paying for time on the factory floor, those few seconds contribute to potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This role saw me traveling to locals in Australia as well as China, Taiwan and the USA on multiple occasions to over see work done for NetComm’s largest project. In this time I worked with Engineers from many different backgrounds both technically and ethnically.
My big takeaway from this position is that communication is key. Sometimes engineers can be difficult to work with, but it is always easier to make sure everyone is always working towards a common goal. Any system that is worth desigining in the modern era requires many people working together. I was honoured and privileged to be able to work with many great people on a project that had real tangible effect on the world.