In addition to making considerable gains since amalgamating several longstanding engineering firms, Sevaan Group has also invested in world class machinery that delivers very high tolerance levels with an aim to make as many employees as possible familiar with all technologies on the production floor.
Sevaan Group describes this as a form of cross training - a level of shop floor knowledge insurance that keeps employees conversant with as many of its technologies as possible.
Sevaan Group already has a trainee laser programmer and believes the company is established well enough to be a complete training centre for younger employees.
One example is fitter machinist Mr Keiran Sproule who is being trained in all areas of the company’s machine department, such as milling machines.
Mr Sproule has already started learning to program with CAD/CAM software and will also receive ongoing tuition about equipment maintenance and how the machine works. That way he, like all other production floor staff, can have an appreciation of how to keep the sophisticated machine performing accurately through routine maintenance.
He explains CNC takes a lot of experience and practice before anyone can claim to be very good at it. Mr Sproule works with Ben Collins, the current Mori Seiki machining centre specialist who began his working career with an apprenticeship served at one of the companies amalgamated under Sevaan Group before taking up an offer from Mori Seiki where he learned this brand inside out.
Now he has returned to the company under its current, modern structure and is considered one of the finest Mori Seiki machining centre experts in Australia.
Under its current structure, Sevaan Group also has a paint and powder coating facility, a robotic welding bay, a 220-tonne state-of-the-art bender and a newly commissioned grit blasting centre with in-built enviro waste sorter
Mr Sproule says he is surrounded by experienced managers, plus the support of expert colleagues such as Ben. As an apprentice, he is impressed with the way the role challenges him to use his intelligence and analytical abilities.