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Maya12

United States

#1 Sep 4, 2012
I was hired at Warren truck assembly last Monday, at orientation they told me I would be in trim on second shift. What the hell is trim? My husband thinks it might be in the body department cutting off extra metal or something. Can someone who works here let me know what I'll be doing, or if I can request to be on first shift? Will anybody be willing to switch shifts with me? I'm very confused and nervous.
Been there done that

New Baltimore, MI

#3 Sep 5, 2012
For starters when trying to understand the term "trim", think of a Christmas tree and how one starts with a "bare" tree and "trims" the tree by progressively adding ornaments to the tree until it is fully decorated.

So working in trim could be any number of jobs. Nobody here can say for certain what you will be doing. Suffice to say you will be installing something to the vehicle as it goes through your station.

When you do start working the line, wear comfortable shoes. Wear work clothes that have room allowing you to stretch to reach or, squat or whatever you may need to do to perform your job.

As far as shift preference, you're going to be on second shift for a good bit of time. You have to have seniority to get on to (and hold on to) first shift.

Good Luck !

Since: Aug 12

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#5 Sep 5, 2012
Been there done that wrote:
For starters when trying to understand the term "trim", think of a Christmas tree and how one starts with a "bare" tree and "trims" the tree by progressively adding ornaments to the tree until it is fully decorated.
So working in trim could be any number of jobs. Nobody here can say for certain what you will be doing. Suffice to say you will be installing something to the vehicle as it goes through your station.
When you do start working the line, wear comfortable shoes. Wear work clothes that have room allowing you to stretch to reach or, squat or whatever you may need to do to perform your job.
As far as shift preference, you're going to be on second shift for a good bit of time. You have to have seniority to get on to (and hold on to) first shift.
Good Luck !
Thanks for being informative. I am in the hiring process and was very helpfull info. I am just hoping the original post was a joke because I dont know how someone can just start up in a new job with 0 senority and expect to have so many perks? People that act like this is why new hires get no respect from the other employees. I can understand being nervous, etc but you have to go into a job like this like I am going to do what I am asked to do because this is a once in a lifetime shot that 1000's of people are in line waiting for me to slip up to take my job.
local guy

Springfield, NJ

#7 Sep 5, 2012
Shut up and be glad u got a job scab
Just Sayin

Fraser, MI

#8 Sep 5, 2012
Been there done that wrote:
For starters when trying to understand the term "trim", think of a Christmas tree and how one starts with a "bare" tree and "trims" the tree by progressively adding ornaments to the tree until it is fully decorated.
So working in trim could be any number of jobs. Nobody here can say for certain what you will be doing. Suffice to say you will be installing something to the vehicle as it goes through your station.
When you do start working the line, wear comfortable shoes. Wear work clothes that have room allowing you to stretch to reach or, squat or whatever you may need to do to perform your job.
As far as shift preference, you're going to be on second shift for a good bit of time. You have to have seniority to get on to (and hold on to) first shift.
Also you might be a floater and do a different job every day or several in a day.
Maya12

United States

#9 Sep 5, 2012
I don't care really what job I get, I am just concerned about my hours, hopefully someone will switch shifts with me so I can be on the first shift. Family time is very important to me
Just Sayin

Fraser, MI

#10 Sep 5, 2012
Maya12 wrote:
I don't care really what job I get, I am just concerned about my hours, hopefully someone will switch shifts with me so I can be on the first shift. Family time is very important to me
there aint no switchin shifts.
Real deal

United States

#11 Sep 5, 2012
You will be on 2nd shift for atleast 4-5 years. There are people with 2008 still trying to get on day shift.
Bap helper

United States

#12 Sep 6, 2012
I know people that are on 90 days and less that are on first shift, seniority means nothing anymore
Real deal

United States

#14 Sep 6, 2012
Plant seniority will be abolished, corporate time will rule no matter where you are.
Just Sayin

Fraser, MI

#16 Sep 6, 2012
Maya12 wrote:
I don't care really what job I get, I am just concerned about my hours, hopefully someone will switch shifts with me so I can be on the first shift. Family time is very important to me
You think you the only one with a family good luck you better wake up.
Maya12

United States

#17 Sep 6, 2012
Thanks for the advice, looks like this isn't for me.
Just Sayin

Fraser, MI

#19 Sep 7, 2012
Maya12 wrote:
Thanks for the advice, looks like this isn't for me.
Yea sounds like your to soft you better go be a greeter at Walmart or something.
Erin

Detroit, MI

#20 Sep 7, 2012
Maya12 wrote:
Thanks for the advice, looks like this isn't for me.
Girl you better keep that job do u know how many people would love to be in your position that's just foolish
Maya12

United States

#21 Sep 7, 2012
No thanks, I couldn't handle being in second shift for that amount of time. These jobs aren't as great as you might think. In the past yes, but now not so much. The shift is terrible, the pay is half, and benefits not as good. I am young, I can find something else.
sally

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Sep 7, 2012
there is no way Maya12 can be serious about getting on 1st shift. And why is RETIRED such a bummer ?
Erin

Detroit, MI

#23 Sep 7, 2012
Maya12 wrote:
No thanks, I couldn't handle being in second shift for that amount of time. These jobs aren't as great as you might think. In the past yes, but now not so much. The shift is terrible, the pay is half, and benefits not as good. I am young, I can find something else.
At least hang in there until u find something else jobs aren't easy to come by Good Luck!!!
Maya12

United States

#24 Sep 7, 2012
I really don't need a job that bad, my husband is a project manager for Dte, I'll be alright
Maya12

United States

#28 Sep 8, 2012
Why would I waste my time driving all the way to Detroit to try it out?
pony girl

Rockford, IL

#31 Sep 10, 2012
Trim is just putting screws on the cars. slapping on a hard cover and moving at 80 cars an hour or more. then your hands hurting by the end of the night. Do not worry you can always bid out of their if you do not like it. If you get some time in.

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