It’s not even light yet, Björn’s day is already starting. “Early as the masons”, that’s totally true here. Today I’m accompanying our installer Björn and spending a typical Monday with him. If one can speak of “typical” at all.
At 7AM in the morning I meet Björn and we drive to the first customer. “A call came in yesterday, there’s some equipment to be captured again.” Björn already knows the customer and is happy to see the familiar faces again. Once we arrived, there’s no messing around: With the toolbox under our arms, we greet everyone and start right away. Device after device we label, tag, photograph the equipment and check SAM to make sure everything is working. Here and there a worker comes and brings new equipment that needs to be captured. Depending on the device, different tags are used, which are optimally designed for the respective device. Chains, for example: Since handling can sometimes be a bit rough, very thick and stable tags are necessary. After everything is done, one last check: Nothing forgotten? Was there anything else?
Around noon we are done and move on. In Cuxhaven, the next customer is already waiting. During the car ride, we have the opportunity to recharge our batteries a little and have something to eat. I ask Björn what makes the construction industry so special for him and what he likes most about it. He doesn’t have to think long: “We get straight down to business. There’s no big discussions about things.”
Refreshed, we arrive at the construction site and talk briefly with the workers. Since larger construction machines need to be recorded here, we install the Sharemac telematics boxes, or S-Boxes for short, directly into the machine. The S-Box is connected to the electrical circuit. It is then necessary to find a suitable place in the construction machine and fix it in place. After all, everything should sit securely and nothing should wobble. We check directly in SAM whether the data is entering correctly. Only after this has been checked, we move on to the next machine.
We celebrate the successful installations with a short break. A coffee and a sandwich later, we are on our way back to Bremen to complete the last job site for the day. “That’s what I like about my job. Every day, every customer is different,” says Björn. The construction site we arrive at is large and very spacious – enough to get some sun. “You picked the right day to come along,” he laughs.
The last equipment and machines get registered into SAM – and the day is done.
For me, the day was a welcome change from the normal home office and computer work. It’s understandable why Björn loves his job so much – because he works close to people, constantly interacting and with lots of variety. “I couldn’t do without it at all, anything else would be too repititive for me” – and that’s a nice conclusion, isn’t it?
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