Posted July 25, 2019

Get To Know: Larry Gargarita, Machinist III


Larry joined Plethora in October of 2018. He’s an essential member of our Machinist Team.

Larry is also growing as a leader at Plethora, and has taken on a lot of responsibility helping to keep his shift running efficiently.

What do you like most about your job?

I get a lot of satisfaction from preventing and solving problems on the floor. Being thorough and having a part with tight tolerances come out right on the first try is a great feeling. It can also be fun to play Sherlock with investigating and determining the root causes of issues that turn up.

What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?

I usually have a pen, a sharpie, a knife, and a 6-inch ruler in my pockets when I’m working; all of which are used pretty heavily. I also rely on the Machinist Calc Pro 2s we have at every machine. My phone has been invaluable for referencing information. I regularly use FSWizard to help with making feed and speed adjustments, CNC Machinist Calculator mostly for looking up thread data and drill charts, and ISO Tolerances to quickly look up dimensions for ISO fits. I also keep a PDF of the Machinery’s Handbook on my phone so it’s searchable.

What’s your workspace like?

At each machine I’m working on I like to have the stock material and finished parts separated and arranged nicely (in 5’s or 10’s for large quantity orders) to make keeping track of quantity easy. I also like to have the part’s print visible somewhere and any inspection, fixturing, and deburring tools in the same area so I can repeat my process easily for every part. That being said, when it gets busy my workspace can easily devolve into a huge mess of tools and paper. I try to stay on top of it.

How do you keep track of what you have to do?

I keep an eye on the daily production worklog displayed on a big TV on the floor. It makes it easy to see information that we use to prioritize jobs like quantity, when it’s scheduled to ship, and estimated runtime. Otherwise I jot things down in a notebook that I keep nearby or use reminders with an alarm on my phone.


Machinist Larry Gargarita

About Larry:

Where are you from?

My parents are from the Negros Occidental province of the Philippines. They immigrated to the Bay Area during the Reagan administration and I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and currently live in Santa Clara.

Where did you go to school?

I got my CNC Machinist certificate from De Anza College and plan on going back for programming classes.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I like to hike, eat at new places, go to concerts, and just be an all-around media junkie. I play a lot of Super Smash Bros Ultimate and I just started the first book of the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.

What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know?

I can do a lot of cartoonish voices but they’re mostly reserved for making my fiancée laugh and I refuse to do them on command.

What’s the best advice you ever received?

When I first started as a machinist, I was struggling with a part and my supervisor at the time said, “Some days everything runs smoothly, some days everything you touch turns to s***.” I guess it wasn’t really advice but it pops into my head when things are going sideways. To me it’s a reminder to not be discouraged and to try to learn from your mistakes.


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