Jack of All Trades

My name is Jack, and I was asked to write a short community post to the Calrec website about my work experience placement there.

On the 19th October, I began my week at Calrec. Ideally situated about three minutes walk from my house, I thought it would be a good place to work for a week.  Over the course of five days I helped out all over the building: assembling, soldering, testing, carrying, writing, recording and fetching things for lots of different people. It gave me an informative insight into electronic production and the world of audio mixing.

I am doing electronics at GCSE level so I was interested to see how these types of products are made on an industrial scale, and how different (or similar) the process is to what I do at school. I am used to soldering all of my components onto my circuit boards so it was quite a nice surprise when I found out that most of the circuits are completed using surface-mount components that are placed on the boards using machines, and then soldered by melting solder paste on the boards in a large oven.

I was also amazed to find out how much of a global presence Calrec has, and the amount of TV that I watch that most likely uses a Calrec console for its audio mixing. They are a really slick, professional outfit and I had a great time there. It was a fantastic week (and not just because I had a week out of school). I learned something from each activity, it was a pleasant working environment, all of the work is to a really high standard and all of the staff were very friendly and easy to talk to.

Who knows? I may be back in the future as a proper employee.


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