Those artisans who have managed to stay in business for many years may recall with some nostalgia how they used to apply their bodies and minds to the work at hand. Indeed, a lot of their work was being processed by hand. It required a set of skills unique to the metal works industry. And furthermore, the skillsets do need to be broken down because as is well-known, this is a very broad industry. For example, artisanal skills need to be utilized to carry out effective welding works.
And on the other hand, the same goes for the sheet metal cutting sub-sector. As industry standards evolved, the tide turned towards more mechanized processes. For the bespoke welder or sheet metal worker, this was still fine. He has generally always been used to utilizing handheld tools. The machinery he was required to apply his mind to still had manual labor in mind. Due to the nature of the work, welding of metal and tool cutting, for instance, still needed to be manipulated by hand. Now, it is wondered just how many new entrants to these artisan-inspired trades have remained true to the preferred trade training.
Because even though cnc sheet metal cutting and mechanized welding processes are being favored as best business practices for many metal works workshops, the original grounding is still necessary to do justice to the set industry standards and quality workmanship required. The old saying still applies to today’s computer based metal working systems. The tools in use today, as necessary as they are, are well and truly great. But they can still only be so if those who operate and control them know how to use them.
One thing to push buttons but quite another in understanding and appreciating what they are programmed to do.