Western Electric Company. Published by the Western Electric Company: Chicago, . 35 pages, 15.5 cm x 23 cm. Beige paper wrapper with brown lettering on the cover. A glossy paper brochure for prospective employees of Western Electric, outlining the courses to be undertaken as a condition of employment for the calendar year 1911-1912. Laid in is a mimeographed leaf of corrections intended to supersede the information printed on pages 28 and 29 under “Commercial Course.”
The on-the-job training included engineering (52 weeks), manufacturing (52 weeks) and commercial training (67 weeks). Within these three main divisions were, for engineering: History of the Telephone, Central Office Equipment, Central Office Apparatus, Subscribers’ Station Equipment, Central Office Installation, Equipment Draughting; and, for manufacturing, a course designed “to give a training in the fundamentals of Shop Management, Methods, and Facilities: History of the Telephone, Manufacturing and Shop Management (including manufacture of tools), Central Office Equipment, Inspection Methods, Central Office Installation; and, commercial (“a broad training in Warehousing, Distributing, Selling and Business Methods”) History and Organization the Western Electric Company, Apparatus and Supplies, Manufacturing Department Methods, General Sales Department Methods.
The standard hours were: 7:30 A.M. – 12:00 Midday; 12:45 P.M. – 5:15 P.M. Monday – Friday; Saturday hours were 7:30 A.M. – 12:00 Midday, for a total of 49 ½ hours a week at the hourly rate of $10.00 a week for the first six months; $15.00 a week for the second six months; and, at the beginning of the second year $18.00 per week.
Condition fine, almost as new.