It has been three weeks since I have arrived at the Oscar Mayer plant in Newberry, South Carolina. Coming into the facility as a brand-new employee was not as intimidating as I had thought it would be for a few reasons. First, everyone I have met has been welcoming and helpful in providing me with direction. Second, I entered this plant alongside a fellow OMT, Ben, who was also my roommate throughout training at Corporate. Finally, completing three internships throughout college has helped me assimilate quickly into new positions. Throughout my program, I will work on my Yellow Belt project as well as alongside the Project Engineering team on a variety of other projects. I am conducting 45 meetings with managers and supervisors each lasting around 1-2 hours in the first month before I jump into my role. This will, however, help to gain an overview of our processes and resources at the plant which will help with my projects.
I received a brief overview of my Yellow Belt project the first week that I arrived. I will be reducing downtime on our Deli Fresh lines by implementing a cultural change to how our maintenance team deals with the lines when parts break. After analyzing downtime and maintenance repair data and speaking with people from a variety of functions, I have been able to narrow the scope of my project to pinpoint what pieces of equipment to focus on implementing this change. Perhaps, with coordination from the Project Engineering team, we may make some changes to design as well.