JollyJack wrote: polish shafts.
You shouldn't encourage that kind of behavior to get ahead!
Oh wait, you meant in the machine shop, sorry. Lol
Never be afraid to tinker, and get into work. Always do it safely, of course, and if you're unsure ask.
Try to think steps ahead.
What happens if I do this. How does this system affect the entire plant. How do they all interact.
Stay involved. Talk about engineering. Engineers love to talk and talk about engineering and the shit we've seen.
Read manuals. Read them, look at the physical machinery, build it and put it together in your head.
Engineering is a physical science.
Try to remember the conservation of energy, it's applicable...everywhere - conceptualize HOW it's applicable within the machinery and the plant.
Have fun!!!! Very important to have fun.