This happened today, and I’m thinking of submitting it as a story. My worry is that there might be a bit too much set up/exposition. What do you all think?
I work in a small engineering office as a Design Engineer. I’ve just returned to my desk with a mug of tea to be greeted by one of the machinists who has a copy of a drawing. He had been chatting to my two co-workers (also design engineers), who were the only others in the office.
Machinist: “I need you to check this drawing, Stephen. There is a difference between the computer drawing and the printed copy. The holes are 6.8 millimetres, but the text says it is 6.0 millimetres”
I look at the drawing. It was one I recently up-issued, as I had added some tapped holes. I also load up the electronic copy.
Me: “That’s odd. 6.8 millimetres is the diameter of an M8 tapping drill, and my change was adding M6 tapped holes”
Machinist: “It’s not that that’s wrong; it’s the holes marked A”
I look at the drawing again. This is for a large plate with a LOT of different holes drilled into it. It is also several years old, and the method used back then was to put a different letter for each set of holes. A key by the side of the drawing view would list what each hole was. In this instance, there were 4 different sets of holes, labelled A to D.
Machinist: “If you check the drawing view, you can see it’s 6.8mm”
Me: “So I see. I don’t know when that mistake happened, as I only added the tapped holes. I didn’t touch the A holes. NO, WAIT, I DIDN’T MEAN…”
But it was too late. The machinist and my co-workers burst out laughing. Mind you, so did I.
Whilst the laughter settled down, I quickly checked previous versions.
Me: “The mistake is on all of them. It’s only a clearance hole for access, so I’m not bothered what size it is. Could you please check your machining program? Let me know what size it is and I’ll change the drawing accordingly.”
Machinist: “Sure, I’ll check your A-holes for you”
As he left, I picked up my mug so I could finally get caffinated.
Me: “It’s a shame [Technical Manager] isn’t here, as he loves a good innuendo”
Coworker #1: “Maybe you should give him a ring?”
Did you know it is extremely hard to keep tea in the mug when you’re laughing uncontrollably? I do!