Press brakes used to be manually operated machines; you had to adjust them, turn the screws and rotate them by hand, and movable rear stoppers did not exist. Work was a lot slower than it is these days, because the machines worked one strike at a time, and you had to readjust the position of the metal plate after each strike.
Naturally, doing things your own way is a nice way of working, without someone constantly watching over your shoulder and timing your work with a stopwatch. That is one of the major benefits of working for Relicomp – you are trusted to work fairly independently.
I was hired at Relicomp as a system developer in spring 2010, but I soon moved to production design and supervision tasks. Closing the circle, I returned to my original position as a full-time system developer in early 2016.
I wanted to move from a sector where women are in the majority to one where men are, and I was looking for a more permanent solution. About nine years ago, I got a job as a press brake operator at Relicomp as part of an employment course I took part in, and I have been the chief union representative since the beginning of 2013. I worked as a dental nurse in temporary positions for over ten years and finally got frustrated when I did not find permanent employment.