Hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence helps to form goals

China Daily (USA) - - 19th CPC NATIONAL CONGRESS - By LI YINGXUE liy­ingxue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

For 33 years, Geng Ji­asheng has been work­ing on one thing — to be a turner.

Geng, 54, joined Kun­ming Heavy Ma­chin­ery Plant — now known as Yun­nan Met­al­lur­gi­cal Kun­ming Heavy Ma­chin­ery — as an ap­pren­tice in 1984.

The first thing he learned was to sharpen a knife.

His mas­ter, Huang Tingfu, nick­named the “turner king” in the fac­tory, taught him how to do it in front of a grinder and then asked him to follow along. A turner is a per­son who op­er­ates a lathe.

Geng care­fully stud­ied his mas­ter’s knife, con­sid­er­ing it a piece of art, and he spent a whole week prac­tic­ing to sharpen his first knife, which now lies in the show­case of his “mas­ter stu­dio”.

Geng’s fa­ther and two broth­ers de­voted their ca­reers to the com­pany.

“When I feel bored, I’d think of my fa­ther and my mas­ter’s words — to be a turner is to play well with one knife,” Geng said.

Years later, Geng un­der­stands that the mean­ing of “one knife” is to make the knife ac­cord­ing to dif­fer­ent ma­chin­ing pa­ram­e­ters and ma­te­ri­als or on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions and de­mands from clients.

“Then I re­al­ize, a good turner needs to have his own idea and think flex­i­bly. You can’t in­vari­ably deal with your work.”

Prepa­ra­tion is the key for Geng to re­main ef­fi­cient. “Every time I re­ceive the draw­ings, I’ll check the com­plex­ity level of the parts first, then choose the proper tools and mea­sur­ing in­stru­ments,” Geng said. “The more I pre­pare, the more re­laxed I work.”

Since 2012, Geng has taught more than 30 ap­pren­tices, transforming dry the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge into un­der­stand­able phrases with hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence.

As a del­e­gate of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, Geng hopes to call on the gov­ern­ment to is­sue poli­cies that can help State-owned en­ter­prises re­turn to their for­mer glory, “such as Kun­ming Heavy Ma­chin­ery”.

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