On the afternoon of 19th May 2017, Zhejiang Province Human Resources and Social Security Department sent a special government allowance certificate issued by the State Council to Mr. Qiu Weiming, a teacher at Taizhou Radio and TV University (Taizhou RTVU). Qiu Weiming graduated from Taizhou RTVU and works there as a teacher, and has now received another national honour for his outstanding skills.

As a senior sewing machine technician, Qiu Weiming has been granted 12 successive national invention patents and over 100 national utility model patents. He has been honoured as a National May 1st Labour Medal winner, a Zhejiang Province model worker, a winner of Qianjiang Skill Award, a winner of the Zhejiang Golden Hammer Award, and a title of Vocational Skill Leader of Zhejiang. He has also been awarded the honour of advanced professional manoeuvres in Zhejiang Province. He also established the Qiu Weiming Model Worker Innovation Workshop for National Demonstration and Master Qiu Weiming’s Skills Workshop.

“I couldn’t have made progress without the help and attention of my leaders, teachers, and colleagues. The honours I have been awarded are the results of my past efforts, and what I have to do now is to calmly complete every task,” Qiu Weiming said in an interview on 2nd June.

                                                                                                          Qiu Weiming (right)

Giving up the opportunity to be a recommended college student, yet still persisting in learning

Qiu Weiming, well-known among the teachers and students of Taizhou RTVU, graduated with honours from the 1988 Technical Secondary Electromechanical Engineering class at Taizhou RTVU.

During his three years of technical secondary schooling, Qiu Weiming was very strict with himself and called himself “a slow sparrow making an early start”. Upon graduation, he was recommended by the school to attend university without having to take the entrance exam based on his excellent achievements. However, he made the surprising decision to give up the opportunity to go to university in Hangzhou. He said, “The sooner I can get a job, the sooner I can understand my work and make greater practical progress.” Not only that, but he needed to make money to support his family.

He therefore chose to work at Jack as an ordinary assembler, a job requiring little technology. Nevertheless, Qiu Weiming believed that he should try his best, even though his job was simple.

It was this tenacity of spirit that took Qiu Weiming from an assembly intern to technician in just one year.

Qiu Weiming’s former colleague, Song Bin, said, “We always thought that it was fine as long as the finished product was near to the desired quality, but he would keep on working until reaching exactly the desired quality.”

Though he had given up the opportunity to go to university as a recommended student, he had never stopped learning. While he was working as a technician, he always looked through books on mechanical drawing and asked the senior workers for advice. Ruan Jixiang, a manager, gave him patient instructions, and Teng Shuchang, an expert on sewing machines and State Council allowance recipient, taught him with his own experience. This environment benefited his rapid transformation from a layman to an old hand in the sewing machine industry.

With the financial support of the company, Qiu Weiming completed his junior college and undergraduate education from 2006 to 2009.

Devotion to study made him a master of skills in the industry

In 2000, due to his outstanding performance, Qiu Weiming was promoted to chief technology officer in charge of product development, process management, and standard setting.

The super high-speed overlock sewing machine represented Qiu Weiming’s first involvement in research and development. The machine reaches 6500 RPM, exceeding the level of Japan at the time. At that time, the company required the research and development to be completed within five months.

The different parts of the high-speed sewing machine are extremely precise. The needle moves up and down within a range of 32 millimetres. If the range is too large, the machine will fail to reach maximum speed or the copper connecting rod will overheat. Therefore, the adjustment value had to be controlled within 0.01 millimetres, equivalent to one-sixth the width of a single human hair. It is incredibly difficult to define an accurate position within such tiny values.

Qiu Weiming and his team looked over large piles of materials, made numerous adjustments, and overcame the difficulty in the end.

The successful development of the super high-speed overlock sewing machine established Qiu Weiming as an expert in the field of overlock sewing machine technology.

Over the past ten years, Qiu Weiming has been devoted to research. He has made major contributions to the overall settlement of oil leakage of the sewing machines and the examination techniques for various special parts. As one of the few skilled technicians in the Industrial Standard Technology Commission, Qiu Weiming drafted eight industrial standards, including “Industrial Sewing Machine Test Methods for Continuous Sewing”, and presided over the drafting of “Industrial Sewing Machine: Computer-Controlled High Speed Overlock Sewing Machine”, Zhejiang’s first manufacturing group standard for the sewing machine industry.

Although Qiu Weiming is a teacher now, he has never stopped his work in research and development. “This year, two of my new invention patents have been approved. Both of them are related to the sewing machine industry,” Qiu Weiming said. “You have to love your job. I am fully ready to do what I can for the development of sewing machine industry.”

Teaching and helping students use their “innovative results” to find employment

In 2006, Qiu Weiming compiled a textbook on training materials for vocational skills in the sewing machine industry, and summarised the installation and testing of different types of sewing machines on the market. The contents of the textbook, compiled based on his own practical experience, are easy to understand and became very popular with frontline workers.

In 2013, Qiu Weiming was employed as a teacher at Taizhou RTVU. He brought the work experience he had accumulated over the past decade into the classroom. He added his knowledge of sewing machines and mechanical manufacturing to his daily teaching of mechanics and electrics by simulating the work flow of the testing departments in the factory, and holding patient “one-on-one” tutorials with the students.

Qiu Weiming’s tasks over the past year have included creating a processing methodology and work flow for sewing machine parts, Zhejiang’s industrial skill product programme, and leading three teaching reform projects within the RTVU System.

“The journey from factory engineer to teacher is a long one. In the past, I focused on how to deal with technical problems but now I have to impart knowledge to my students and help them understand the operation. This has been the biggest change in my work,” Qiu Weiming said. “What I do now is divide the students into groups in the workshop and teach them like ‘a master teaches an apprentice’. I think this is more targeted, and the students can practice, and make changes and improvements as they learn in class.”

At present, five teachers and more than ten students are involved in scientific research in his workshop. "Each year, around ten students join the workshop. I hope my students can take advantage of these innovations to find employment,” Qiu Weiming said.

One of Qiu Weiming’s students, Zhou Jian, commented, “Since Mr. Qiu has a background in an enterprise, he teaches us about employment orientations and prospects. He also pays great attention to practical study and often asks us to go fetch parts from the field training building. He gives patient explanations if there is something we don’t understand. He treats all of the students the same.”

By Taizhou Daily