Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Vehicle Paint Technician

Jessica's job title is Maintenance Technician at Toyota

What I do

I work in the paint shop at Toyota looking after the assembly line where robots spray the cars automatically with colour. On a daily basis, I make sure that Toyota’s production lines are running. This might involve fixing robots, changing electrical circuits and generally making sure everything is running smoothly.

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How I became a technician

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What I love most about my job

I get such great job satisfaction as I get to look after the production line that produces thousands of Toyota cars a year. So that might involve fixing robots, changing electrical circuits and ensuring that everything is running smoothly. I also like working on the robots – they are a specialised piece of kit. One of the greatest things about being a technician is that people are relying on you, you make their life easier, and you get to be rewarded in your job by doing that.

The skills I use most

You have to be quick thinking and able to problem solve. For instance, we once changed a gear box on a robot when we only had an hour to do it. It was a big job, yet we did it. I like the creative thinking which is a part of this job. It is challenging and rewarding when you fix something, and the machines are all running. It really is a great feeling.

My favourite piece of equipment

Some of the coolest bits of equipment that we get to work with are PRC Computer Programmes as we get to programme different bits of machinery to do different things. We are constantly learning, and no two days are ever the same.

The best bits about working in a team

I work in a five-strong team. Because we are together so much you really get to know them personally as well as each other’s strengths and weaknesses on the job. If I am called to a breakdown, I know my team will be straight there if I need help. Knowing that you have the support of others is what you need as an apprentice as it helps build your confidence.

The next steps in my career journey

I have a year left of my apprenticeship. After that, I would like to have at least two or three years of experience, in order to build up my knowledge and skill set. I would then like to achieve a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering through Toyota as there are options for further learning and career progression with them.

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