I did a months experience as a production metallurgist at Unbrako steels at Kiveton Park Sheffield in 1979. I think I did this in my 2nd to last year and there wasn’t all the H&S we now have. The only safety equipment I remember were glasses for my eyes.
I used to get sent out into the steel plant to check the temperature and acidity of solutions in big tanks. The job was very easy to learn. I had to cut the ends of a piece of rounded bar. I then had to set into a wax like base. I then had to grind the surface flat. I then tested the hardness of the metal. The more complex element was to check the Carbon content of the metal under an microscope. I think this skill would have taken more than a month for me to learn…
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