With more than 10 years of career in Metalsa, the Electronics and Communications Engineer, Antonio Solares Sanchez has clear the road to achieve better working opportunities is the constant learning, as well as to go over different areas and having knowledge on them.
Solares of 32 years, who also has a master’s degree in Business Management focused on Quality and Productivity, started in the company as practitioner in the Automation, Control and Maintenance area. “I was dedicated to the manufacturing of panel view screens that people could control, and slowly the same company develops you to programming and at the end of their practices it teaches your robotics. Likely, they show you the complex work system, floor information, among other things,” he explained.
After a year and a half he was hired as Jr. Specialists of Corrective Maintenance, at the Tundra line of Toyota; Solares assures that it was there where he learned about the management of personnel, due to him having some technicians under his charge. “In that year and a half we did good, line indicators reached a record level, based on the technicians effort and from my boss Eduardo who was always teaching me; although it was to live running if something in the production failed,” remembered the engineer, who later will work in the Tacoma line.
On the other hand, Solares assures that “it was complicated because we supported the startup, there were 14 to 15 hours working, because the line was brought from the United States with the production of Toyota working.”
Afterwards Metalsa bought Dana and the master original from Mexico City was sent to Argentina to support the engineers and implement the working system from Mexico. “It was a professional learning stage, but mainly personal, due to the culture change and the working rhythm,” he said.
The biggest challenge
When returning from Argentina, the company needed support in a new process called hydroforming, this means hydraulic presses, and therefore he was assigned to such procedure.
“We had Chrysler above us, and then some days were as of 24 hours, I remember arriving home to study about the process, and although we all started from zero, we always delivered on time,” he explained.
When finishing the project he was promoted to be in charge of the entire Toyota area, two lines of Tundra and Tacoma, he had 72 technicians on his charge, a workshop and two assembly lines.
Currently he is manager of Automation and Control in the Technology area. “It is a global position where we see the part of light vehicles in Germany, the United States, China, Brazil and Mexico; it is about seeking new technologies, trends for the industry and develop them.”