The mechanic has to be a psychologist to understand the relationship between the operator and the machine. Sewing machines sometimes seem to be temperamental. Whether operators are or are not, is a question on which we prefer not to express an opinion. Ask your mechanic — he is in the best position to answer.
In some large plants, the mechanic supervises one or more systems, trains beginners on machines, and keeps the regular operators satisfied with the performance of their machines. He works closely with supervisors, foreladies, engineers, superintendents, and management to make sure that the results are obtained from any given type of machine. He must maintain an adequate supply of repair parts and needles. He must see that the proper inventory is maintained and that parts do not suffer damage or rust, or otherwise deteriorate. He has to know when a part is worn to the point that it should be replaced. He must know the application of every piece of equipment and must keep informed on new types of machines and what the improvements are over the old ones.
It is asking a lot of a man to be a mechanical expert, a psychologist, an executive, and a good businessman; but take a look at your mechanic and you will find that he qualifies in all four departments and is the man everyone depends upon from top to bottom. We salute the mechanic — he’s a good man to have around.