Mr. Asao has been dedicated to assembly for more than 30 years, even though the product he was in charge of changed from the "P-3C (Anti-submarine Patrol Aircraft)" to the "US-2."
The assembly work consists of very simple processes, such as mainly drilling holes in parts and fixing the parts with bolts. However, when Mr. Asao was younger, he could not complete his assembly work accurately like his superiors. He mentioned that "I continued to fail, no matter how hard I tried to copy my superior's work to learn their skills." "I asked my superiors how to do it, but they only gave me hints and did not give accurate answers." While he was disappointed due to his repeated failures, he continued to work with aircraft. "After all, I gradually understood what would happen if I did this here."
"Assembly work must be performed while making slight gap adjustments by ascertaining the condition of the aircraft which changes subtly by the external environment, such as the temperature and humidity." No matter how much experience is gained, the result may be different than what was expected. "This is the interesting part. I think about it so deeply that I see it in my dreams." I feel great accomplishment when an aircraft that I carefully assembled over a long period is completed and takes off safely, which makes me feel like "my own child is leaving home."
Currently, he also trains young engineers while manufacturing new amphibian aircraft. Even though manufacturing technology progresses, it is difficult completely mechanize the work for amphibian aircraft which take off and land on both water and land due to the special structure of the aircraft, which is also influenced by the external environment. He deeply understands the importance of passing on the technical skills, because "it is not possible to create a manual for everything." "I try to make younger employees think for themselves," not to teach them everything to begin with. Compared to when I was young, "today's young people are very aggressive in many ways." Mr. Asao mentioned that, "taking advantage of such an attitude, I would like young people to challenge things without worrying about failing. My role is to connect such experiences to the opportunity of learning." He is watching the growth of the younger employees, which he once was himself when he was improving his skills while learning from his failures, and the future of aircraft.