The Ultimate Optical Fiber
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Japan's Basic Industry
Today's Master Craftspeople
Skill of Master Craftspeople Underpins State-of-the-Art Technology
Training Skilled Workers
Having Trainees Craft Products Synonymous with Training Skilled People
|Skill of Master Craftspeople Underpins State-of-the-Art Technology|
|Konta mainly worked on power devices used in space-station and communications-satellite systems. This is a cutting-edge field of semiconductor technology requiring extremely high precision, making it difficult to automate processes. Hence, the skills of master craftspeople like Konta are needed. Konta obviously did not have superior skills to start withshe started with basic work and gradually honed her skills through repeated practice.
Im not especially dexterous or adept at working in fine detail. Im not even a very good driver, she admits with a laugh. But I can concentrate. Often, when things are going well, I get so absorbed that I dont take any breaks and suddenly realize its after lunchtime. Im more motivated when theres a lot to do, and I would set personal goals for myselflike completing so many units a day or beating my own previous record.
In her private life, Konta is a typical homemaker and a mother of two children. Ive never thought I was doing anything out of the ordinary, she says with a smile.
Konta was relocated in February to a department responsible for machinery operation. The work that she had been doing was transferred to NECs production facility in Kyushu.
It was hardId grown attached to the work Id been doing for 24 years, says Konta wistfully. In Kyushu, many workers are striving to follow in her footsteps to become contemporary master craftspeople. The worlds most advanced VLSI manufacturing facility depends on their skill.