This month’s employee spotlight features Jake Medley, an Apprentice Machinist at Rainhouse. Jake is creative, dedicated, and always ready to be challenged to create complex parts and machining processes. He’s learning all the ins and outs of being a journeyman while currently working on the required training hours to achieve his Red Seal certification. Jake has an outgoing and funny personality, he is always ready to ask questions and understand more about the trade.
What do you do at Rainhouse?
As an apprentice machinist, I am responsible for cutting stock materials to size, setting up jobs in the machines, programming tool paths, and ensuring all parts match the specified requirements and dimensions customers provided.
What do you enjoy most about working at Rainhouse?
It’s fascinating to me to see the manufacturing process from start to finish and all the different obstacles we as manufacturers face. So, my favourite part of working at Rainhouse is the challenges we encounter whenever we create a new part.
What is your favourite aspect of machine manufacturing?
My favourite phase of creating parts is the troubleshooting process. I find it fascinating when an issue arises, and it’s up to us as machinists to plug and play all the different techniques we’ve learned to overcome the issue at hand. It also helps to have dependable co-workers who have been longer in the trade and are always willing to help.
What is something most people do not know about you?
Something that most people don’t know about me is my aspiration for creativity; I am enthralled with the creative process from concept to product, not only in the manufacturing setting but also in the arts.
What is the ONE THING you cannot live without?
I couldn’t live without the people closest to me, their constant support and exchange of ideas. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like without them, as they are crucial to who I am. Oh, and my music library.