Whether it’s an entry level bench top or a complete filling line, every new Karmelle project begins life in our machine shop. It’s here that materials are ordered and parts manufactured – and overseeing the whole process is Machine Shop manager Jamie Hever, our worker of the week.
Jamie joined the Karmelle team as a manual machinist in 2015, before training to use CNC machines. Earlier this year, he was promoted to machine shop manager – and we asked him to tell us a more about his challenging new role…
Where did you train?
I studied mechanical engineering at Bradford College, while doing my apprenticeship at Sidall and Hilton.
Tell us about your new role in the Karmelle machine shop; what does it entail?
It involves managing the machine shop team, planning-out the manufacture of all parts, and ordering the correct materials and tooling. I’m also tasked with keeping times on all the jobs, and finding improved, more efficient methods of manufacturing parts. I work directly with our fabrication, fitting and labelling departments.
Are you enjoying it?
I really enjoying my new role; it’s a good challenge, keeps me on my toes, and is all about progressing my career as an engineer. We have a great team of very experienced engineers, who I can turn to for help. I couldn’t do my job without them.
What do you get up to when you’re not in the workshop?
I go to the gym most evenings, play five-a-side on a weekend, and socialise with friends. I’m also crazy about performance cars, and go to car shows with friends when I can!