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paul young
12-21-2009, 07:27 PM
i thought it might be interesting if we knew what each other does for work, or did for work if retired. it might give our discussions an additional dimension, and help us to understand each other better.

i'll start; i was a machinist in several small shops in the mid 70's, then went to work as a machinist in a shipyard that builds warships for the U.S. Navy for 20 years before taking a job in design at that same shipyard. hopefully i'll retire from that job in another 6 or 7 years.

being a shipbuilder has been a rich and rewarding career. though my higher education was supposed to take me in another direction, i wouldn't change a thing if i had it to do over again.-Paul

ducknwork
12-21-2009, 08:23 PM
Cool thread idea. I am a machinist/toolmaker also. I work at a factory that manufactures Bosch washing machines and dryers. I went through a 3.5 year apprenticeship fresh out of high school and received a degree in Manufacturing technology. Now, I have gone back to school and I am working on two additional degrees because I want to get a job teaching at the local college. I have quite a bit longer than you before I retire though...:p

code3retrievers
12-21-2009, 08:27 PM
Captain on municipal fire department 10 years away from retirement.

walt8@cox.net
12-21-2009, 08:36 PM
My dad started a tree service in Rye, NY after ww2. Rye's an affluent town of stockbrokers and corporate ceo's. I grew into that business and worked there until 7 years ago, when I sold it and the family home to move up to Somers Connecticut to be with my wife and kids. I immediately got bored, bought all new equipment and started a new business. It's a very small hobby business with no employees, but i love what I do, so....that's it.
Paul, did you ever hear of the Direktor boat yard in Mamaroneck? I went to school with the kids. Last I heard they had built a few aluminum cutters for the Coast guard. I don't think that venture went well though.
Walt

YardleyLabs
12-21-2009, 08:42 PM
In retirement I continue to work as a photographer, dog breeder and computer consultant. Previously I was President/Owner of an IT consulting company serving the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, advertising, and financial services industries. Prior to that I was a Partner in a major international accounting/consulting company where I directed their decision support and microcomputer consulting practices, a litigation support practice, an environmental consulting practice, and a practice specializing in health benefits management.

dnf777
12-21-2009, 09:22 PM
Started out as a pilot, then flight instructor during college. When PanAm dumped 8000 pilots on the job market, got serious about school and ended up in med school after a year of graduate work. After a stint of active duty, returned to residency for general surgery then colon and rectal fellowship. The most fun job I had was two years of guiding goose-hunts around Anahuac, Texas. Didn't pay very well, and nearly got KO'd by a meteoric honker more than once, but had everything a young man needed at the time. Well, almost.

Great idea Paul

M&K's Retrievers
12-21-2009, 09:57 PM
Well lets see. I was thinking about retirement in a few years but my current occupation as a life and health insurance agent seems to be quite iffy right now as many clients and prospects are waiting for Obama to take care of them. I'm also invest in oil and gas exploration and happen to enjoy dogs, training, hunt tests, hunting and firearms (and jacking with Yardley and DNF). What's not to like about the current administration? :confused:

Matt's Grizz
12-21-2009, 10:07 PM
I'm a Union Carpenter. Currently we've been building sewage treatment plants. No complaints other than I was hoping to be laid off to do a little more duck hunting this winter.

Eric Johnson
12-21-2009, 11:00 PM
I've had sort of three careers.

Trained as a City Manager and served as the assistant for 2 years.

Entered the Air Force. After serving in every officer role in a small base hospital...Registrar, Medical Supply, Personnel, and Business Mgr, I moved into Special Projects...3 years in automation, 6 years in project management and communications, 3 years logistics planning, and another 6 years in automation.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, started with the Dept of Mental Health and continued my role as the dirty little jobs officer.....doing anything that needs doing that no one else was willing to try...policies and administrative code, planning, construction management. Presently I work in lands. We own 15,000+ acres of land that's split between forest, agriculture, shopping centers, and our own facilities. Lots of gas wells and pipelines. I'm the only profit center in the Dept with revenues exceeding expenditures by $1+ million per year.

In six months, I'll retire again.

Eric

Cody Covey
12-22-2009, 12:52 AM
Work in Info Tech for a local fruit broker. 2nd largest in the western US. Got a degree in Network Administration but work doing database and techs support as needed.(I hate it. You hiring a network admin Jeff?!)

Richard Halstead
12-22-2009, 01:07 AM
A year o working for Quaker Oats putting dog food in cans under the Kennel Ration label after college I advanced as far as the people with 40 years left me yerning for more/else. I took a job with the USDA in agricultural research in small grains. I liked the job and stayed with the promise of health care when I retired. A physical disibilty force an early retirement at 55 with 31 + years made me elidgible 2 years before. I had almost 2 years of sick leave and they let me work from home. I have about 65 publications and received an award in Canada. The University of Minnesota released a new variety named after me.

paul young
12-22-2009, 05:17 AM
Walt,

yes, i've heard of Direcktor. actually, they're doing quite well, turning out high speed megayachts as well as commercial vessels. they now have 3 construction yards.-Paul

Pals
12-22-2009, 08:38 AM
Resource Conservationist for local Soil and Water Conservation District in Central Illinois-20 years as an RC in three Illinois counties. Neither county, state or federal employee-funds are grants and soft money through IDOA. I serve at the discretion of five local landowners. Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. Mostly work with landowners, farm bill programs and drainage/flooding issues. Wildlife habitat planning and designing wetlands are my favorite things to do these days.

Evan
12-22-2009, 09:01 AM
Firefighter/Paramedic
Registered Nurse
Pro dog trainer
Trainer of trainersEvan

BrianW
12-22-2009, 10:40 AM
Quite a few hats based on location & political fluctuations.

CA - (Carter) milling machine operator> (Reagan/Bush) machinist>manufacturing engineer Laid off after 15 years at company due to budget cuts under Clinton.
ID - (Clinton) Carpenter> EMT> (Bush) Amusement ride safety inspector/maintenace technician> insurance inspector> QA specialist> amusement ride construction tech> (Obama) work zone flagger> customer service rep

If the Dems are for "the working man" :rolleyes: why is it that my wage/standard of living has always been lower when they're in office? :confused:

Matt McKenzie
12-22-2009, 10:56 AM
Senior Chief Gas Turbine Technician, U.S. Navy. Was due to retire last July and start training full time, but decided to do a few more years active duty. I deploy to a warm part of the world in a couple of weeks. I'll be back some time in August (hopefully).

Jim Wetzler
12-22-2009, 12:31 PM
Worked for U.S. Steel, in western PA until 1983, got canned with the rest of the local steel industry and then moved to the Finger Lakes of NY and work for a defense contractor.
Also worked for 14 years part time at gun shop.

Hew
12-22-2009, 01:19 PM
Contractor (mostly insurance restoration...fires, floods, etc.) for past 8 years.

Environmental and building forensics consultant for previous 12 years.

All of my fun/interesting/crazy jobs were in college or just after... sold cell phones back when "portable" meant the size of cinderblock...repo man....drunk exclusion technician at a bar...shuttled cars around the state between dealers in the middle of the night (I presume they were trying to stay a step ahead of the manufacturer's inventory man and/or the tax man)...wore Shamu costume at SeaWorld...delivered pizza.

badbullgator
12-22-2009, 01:23 PM
Microbiologist for many years and currently and embryologist. Loved doing micro, but getting women pregnant is far better

T. Mac
12-22-2009, 01:40 PM
Good thread Paul!

Worked through school doing general grading construction as a gofer, and then an estimater. After school worked as an import food inspector with FDA for a short while until transferred to the Army where I worked as a toxicologist at Fort Baker (San Francisco- under the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge). Moved to Sacramento and a job with DOJ working as a criminalist in the state crime lab. Was transferred to the Santa Barbara lab where I spent several more years. Decided I wanted to be my own boss so got my contractors license and had a construction company doing primarily residential and commercial remodels. During the crash in the 80's moved back to Sacramento with the lure of doing a major developement only to lose funding. Did a bunch of remodels and home construction until I met my wife, who didn't understand/approve of the cash flow of a contractor - always the last one to get paid. So retired my construction company and got a job as a QA chemist for the Almond Growers exchange. Spent 10 years there and then moved on as the director of Chromatography at a major national environmental lab. After several mergers and name changes and 15 years retired from that and am now back working for myself as owner and property manager of several apartment complexes. Thought that would give me more time for dog training, but I seem busier than ever.

T. Mac

Franco
12-22-2009, 01:51 PM
Broadcast Radio since 1976 except for when I retired in 2001-03, then went back to work for my old company. Retriement is not what it is cranked up to being and I was bored.

Started as an Afternoon Drive jock on the local rock station as Max Havoc. Got into ad sales in the early 1980's and haven't looked back since. In radio, I've worn just about all hats except working in the Traffic or Accounting Offices. Radio has been good to me and our cheese gets moved all the time which keeps the business interesting.

My political views are from life experiences!

My basic philosphy in life is; If you don't have the cash, don't buy it!

dback
12-22-2009, 01:58 PM
....drunk exclusion technician at a bar...

Oooooh ya......I KNEW we had met before :-)

brandywinelabs
12-22-2009, 02:10 PM
Software Engineer banking industry. Before that co-owner/manager campground - Sturgis, SD. Before that, for many years until 2 months after 9-11, SR. Technical Aanalyst airline industry - primarily designed capture/restore disaster recovery software.

Bob Gutermuth
12-22-2009, 02:37 PM
25yrs as a cop

cotts135
12-22-2009, 03:03 PM
At eighteen joined the USAF and became an inflight refueling operator on a KC-135. Did most of my stint in the 380th Bombardment Wing at Plattsburgh AFB NY. After release from the Air Force went to school and got an Associates degree in Forestry. As the economy back then (1982) was similar to what it is now with jobs hard to get was unable to find work in my preferred field so a friend of mine talked me into taking the State Corrections officer test. Joined Corrections, with the intention that this was temporary, in the summer of 1983 and worked in Maximum, Medium and Minimum security jails throughout my career but the majority of my time was at Cape Vincent Correctional facility a medium security institutuion. Retired in 2005 as a Sergeant after 22 yrs service.
Today learning about dogs and currently am in the planning stages of building my 2nd home since retirement. :D

Steve Amrein
12-22-2009, 03:24 PM
After I graduated I became a male porn star. That did not pay very well but the benifits were great. After that I hit the lottery and partied hard for a few years until I spent it all. I worked with Bill Gates for a while before he got all rich famous and stuff but had to quit because I thought he was a sell out. The bull fighter gig did not go so well as I dont speak spanish. My doctor told me I had to do something to relieve stress so I started my sign and metal fab company in Oct. of 99 in my garage and has grown into a very small business that employs 10-15 people.

finkomania
12-22-2009, 04:07 PM
Very interesting thread and relevant to me in that I will be hitting my 20 yr mark in the Army and retireing in a year. I have been an infantryman welder machinist and recruiter for the Army and don't have a clue as to what I want to do next. I really am looking forward to my next career whatever that might be.

Cody Covey
12-22-2009, 04:22 PM
sounds like its time to train dogs to me :)

road kill
12-22-2009, 04:36 PM
I am a Business Development Specialist for a cross media marketing company.
I support 170+ distributers both technically & on sales calls.
We also print forms and imprint them.
We are heavily into Variable Data Printing and do direct mail.
We develope and host "web-to-print" solutions.

As an aside I own and operate a print brokerage business.
We do OK on both venues.

I went to college to play football, got drafted into the military.
Came back and took an abreviated course in electrical engineering.
Did testing and maintenance on hi-voltage distribution systems.
I have done infra-red inspections in 11 Nukes.
Became a "Level-1 Thermographer."
Also pioneered using ultra-sonics for detecting corona tracking on dielectric materials.
As I got bored I accepted a sales position with my best friends printing company.
Did a large amount of sales in the trading card industry.
Topps, Fleer Skybox, Playoff and Racing Champions.
Developed the game used memorabillia cards (jerseys, leather, bats etc).
Also the "leather card."
That business died on 9-11.

I have stayed in the print/graphics arts business now for about 20 years.
It's been very good to me.
I am close to semi-retirement living solely off my brokerage company.

So I can travel around and hunt, fish and play with my dog.

Please accept my apologies for my poor spelling, hopefully youse can find it in your hearts to forgive!!
I'm an engineer by education, not a speller.;-)

All in all, I think I have been fortunate to have had a terrific life.
In the last year I have found out about and frequented RTF, now life is complete!!

stan b

dnf777
12-22-2009, 04:59 PM
If I may say...I am truly impressed with all the small business owners and entrepreneurs (sorry, that's French) on this list. Especially with the gov't lopping off chunks of flesh at every turn. I'm proud of what I do, but in these uncertain times (esp in healthcare) I took the corporate path. I will always have respect and awe for those of you who cut your own path, your own way.

Hat's off regards,
dave

Mike W.
12-22-2009, 05:34 PM
My only career has been that of an investment advisor, going on 19 years now.

Uncle Bill
12-22-2009, 05:55 PM
I think I filled out one of these years ago on the main RTF BB. Since I have problems recalling what I had for breakfast, I may disremember what I wrote back then, and discover a whole new profession involvement.;-)

After some college and military stint, started in radio in '60. Educated in all aspects from DJ to engineering/management. Morning jock for many years at my own station starting in '68. Became strictly management/engineer after '72 flood wiped us out.

Sold out both AM & FM in '80. Started own consulting/engineering business. Primarily focusing on design and construction of facilities, I've built several operations from Missoula, MT to Talahassee, FL. AMs from kilowatters to 50 gallon 6-tower directionals. FMs from small college outfits to 100 thousand watter multi systems in combined or shared status.

Retired for the most part, but still do consulting and engineering for a few small stations that can't find any warm bodies to do those chores out here in fly-over country.

Been involved in trialing, hunt testing, dog training for over 25 years, but the main reason for the labs is hunting...been doing that for over 60 years...always with a lab. That's a lot more fun now since I learned how to train one. Sure beats throwing stones in the slough to get them to hunt for the duck, rather than wading in after those birds with only my skivvies on.:rolleyes:

UB...still concerned my two stabs at this aren't in conflict with each other.:confused: (Kinda wish I'd had some D.E.T. experience like HEW.;-))

HuntsmanTollers
12-22-2009, 07:25 PM
Nice thread. I have been in the Navy for 22+ years and will be retiring effectively in April. My 1st 10 years I was a Navy Aircrewman, ran radar and avionics on S3B Vikings and SH60B Seahawks. After that I was commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps and have held varied positions from staff nurse, flight nurse, to Command Business Advisor. Currently the head of an Adult and Family Medicine Clinic at a command that is preparing to merge with the VA. Looking forward to my retirement from the Navy so I can spend more time with my wife, family, friends, and dogs. Would like to find a Nursing Management job in the St. Louis metro area.

Leddyman
12-22-2009, 08:44 PM
4 years 3rd Recon Bn U.S. Marine Corps. I hung steel for a few years after I got out until I wound up in the restaurant and bar business. I owned a jazz club in Atlanta during the late 80's early 90's. Moved back home and got involved in church and went back to college at 38. I got a degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin american culture and started doing pro bono legal work with immigrants. Helping them get bail, translating for the sheriff and police depts. basically helping people who don't speak English navigate the legal system. (Yes they are illegal) I am currently pastoring a Baptist Church in Cochran. I just finished my master's degree from Luther Rice Seminary. I have a dog, we run Field Trials, we go out in the first a lot.

pat addis
12-23-2009, 07:10 AM
retired after 45 rears of heavy duty truck mechanic.

Illinois Bob
12-23-2009, 07:29 AM
I'm in my 34th year in our family owned metal tube fabricating shop.We are in our 3rd generation and there are two other brothers that run it with me.Primarily I do tool design and procedure developement for new products.

ducknwork
12-23-2009, 08:32 AM
Great thread. Now we know who we can't argue with about various topics.:D

DoubleHaul
12-23-2009, 08:57 AM
Stared in construction at age 14 as a laborer, did just about every job there was through college, became a naval officer then an investment banker. Went back to grad school and stumbled into the then nascent independent power business. Spent a number of years doing that, mostly internationally, and came back to HQ as a corporate nerd just in time for Enron to blow up the industry. After six months of almost 24/7 trying to keep our company from following many others down the drain (and when my old dog died), I took a package and traveled the country trout fishing for six months. When I realized that I couldn't make a living as a fish bum, I started a renewable energy business--we develop, own and operate power plants that use waste wood as fuel.

zeus3925
12-23-2009, 09:24 AM
I'm retired. I have worn quite a few different hats. Most of the time I worked as a Social Worker-- 19 years in child protection, another 8 years as a vulnerable adult worker. I also have been a teacher for 7 years, three years as a geography and earth sciences instructor at Purdue. I have worked as a functional analyst for a major software project. I have also been a cartographer doing digital maps for flight systems, a state park interpreter (naturalist/historian) and a hourly worker for Ford Motor Company.

Since retiring, my life has gone to the dogs. I have two competition dogs (Labs). I do photography for both a hobby and an occasional buck. I design and build my own canoes (when I have time.) I enjoy hunting and trout fishing.

Pete
12-23-2009, 09:41 AM
Started young with an ontrpeneor spririt,,,never could spell though.After learning portions of the residential construction trade,,,,started a home improvement buisiness,,, a few years later got into retriever training to ease my duckaholic addiction,,,,as time went on I figured I could write off alot of my hunting and dog training equipment by making money training dogs. One thing lead to another,,,then my wife said I was going to have to choose one line of work,,,,so I threw my hammer in the field and never looked back.
Since then I have trained termite detection dogs for pest control companies,, gun dogs including pointers and hunt test dogs. I trained a few goosechasers and a few sheep rounder uppers,, Behavior modification , aggression and guntest dogs are all I specialize in now.

I do have an old clunker project out in the yard that I hope to someday finish. Its a GTO,,,,I mean GSD and hope to someday sic him on a poltician:razz:

Pete

Henry V
12-23-2009, 10:26 AM
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago flipping burgers, mowing lawns, and stocking shelves. After grad school I worked for MN DNR for 12 years as a fisheries biologist at several locations in the state. Started getting sick of just "monitoring the decline" so I took advantage of an opportunity to work with a Mn based non-profit environmental group about 8 years ago as their natural resource scientist. I now work on a variety of science and policy issues in Minnesota. Every few years I each a wetland ecology course at a local university. I judge and run hunt tests but family time has really crimped my time for dogs the past couple years.

starjack
12-23-2009, 06:22 PM
After high school army for three years then on to job force to many to talk about found a job hauling milk to school system in wis can say this is resession proof . Hobbys hunting and comptetion hunting with my labs

huntinlabs
12-23-2009, 08:43 PM
United States Air Force... as for hobbys hunting rodeo and dogs

JDogger
12-23-2009, 11:44 PM
United States Air Force... as for hobbys hunting rodeo and dogs

Hunting rodeo...? Bread and circuses...? I guess...Why not? We have UFC already, why not arena hunts? Take your mind off of politics fer sure...:rolleyes:

JD

So as not to break the thread, I wholesale and retail leather, hides, pelts, leather working tools, hardware and findings.

Funny though, we don't see any RTF PP's owning up to lawyer, investment banker, financial planner, etc. Even though I'm sure they are here.

JD

jcasey
12-24-2009, 12:03 AM
Software developer/consultant for over 20 years developing tools and applications for companies ranging from "start ups" to Fortune 500.

Outsourcing/insourcing to India is killing my industry.

Julie R.
12-24-2009, 10:19 AM
Democrat, tree hugger, Acorn volunteer, on welfare, and live in Section 8 housing. I'm a personal grant acquisition specialist ;)

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Merry Christmas everyone!

DSemple
12-24-2009, 10:29 AM
Iím a commercial roofing contractor. I spend about half my time selling work and the other half managing jobs and babysitting dysfunctional young men to get the work done. Itís a good living, but nothing glamorous. And, yes I speak Spanish very well.

My funest job was as a feedlot cowboy during the summers and all thru college. Ye hah!

I hope to get back to Field Trialing someday again, after I have put together another fortune and am tired of 2nd wife. ;-)

.ÖDon

Steve
12-24-2009, 11:07 AM
Flipped burgers & bagged groceries in high school
5+ years in the Marines.
Last 13 years as a chemical process engineer

dnf777
12-24-2009, 07:30 PM
Democrat, tree hugger, Acorn volunteer, on welfare, and live in Section 8 housing. I'm a personal grant acquisition specialist ;)

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Merry Christmas everyone!

I always had you pegged for a republican, energy price-fixin', war-profiteerin', job-out sourcin', movin' off-shore, benefit denyin', corporate tax shelter gov't bailout acquisition specialist! ;)

JDogger
12-24-2009, 09:14 PM
dnf777, If you're at work, and I suspect you are....,in any case have a very Merry Christmas. I hope it is as calm as it may be.

JD

Uncle Bill
12-25-2009, 01:51 PM
Democrat, tree hugger, Acorn volunteer, on welfare, and live in Section 8 housing. I'm a personal grant acquisition specialist ;)

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Merry Christmas everyone!


FINALLY!!! A tree hugger I can love.

I think I can qualify for that Section 8 stuff too, but doubt it's housing.:rolleyes:

Have a goodun, Julie. Keep your powder dry. We'll be needing it in 2010.

And keep those great posts a-comin'.

UB

Hoosier
12-26-2009, 11:26 AM
I always had you pegged for a republican, energy price-fixin', war-profiteerin', job-out sourcin', movin' off-shore, benefit denyin', corporate tax shelter gov't bailout acquisition specialist! ;)

Or medicare fraudin', prescription writing drug dealing, unnecessary procedurin', $200 band aid sellin' saw bones. See we can all paint with a broad brush.:rolleyes:

dnf777
12-26-2009, 04:49 PM
Or medicare fraudin', prescription writing drug dealing, unnecessary procedurin', $200 band aid sellin' saw bones. See we can all paint with a broad brush.:rolleyes:

You're absolutely right, Hosier. But I can sleep with myself, because I know I don't do those things, and many other people can sleep at night because I've helped them. But if you want to compare the ethics of doctors to politicians overall, have at it. I'll stand behind my profession any day of the week, and Sunday!

Have a good one,
dave

Captain Mike D
12-28-2009, 08:38 PM
"Or medicare fraudin', prescription writing drug dealing, unnecessary procedurin', $200 band aid sellin' saw bones."
quote per Barrack Obama 9/22/09 as one of the main reasons to reform healthcare

Fixed it so DNF wouldn't get pissed at you Tremayne

Mike

IowaBayDog
12-29-2009, 09:06 AM
Haven't been on in a while but here goes anyway.

6 years in the Marines after HS as a Crypto Communicator.

Went to College and got my degree in Electrical Engineering and went to work in the Aerospace Industry. After several years working on ritzy Business Jets I just took over as the Lead Systems Engineer on F/A-18 Display Products. Should keep me busy through 2016 or so.....

Uncle Bill
12-29-2009, 12:51 PM
Haven't been on in a while but here goes anyway.

6 years in the Marines after HS as a Crypto Communicator.

Went to College and got my degree in Electrical Engineering and went to work in the Aerospace Industry. After several years working on ritzy Business Jets I just took over as the Lead Systems Engineer on F/A-18 Display Products. Should keep me busy through 2016 or so.....

Great to see you back, Dan. Been able to get out hunting at all? Good thing we hadn't planned a hunt this year in Sodak. Colder than all billy hell right now, and snow banks 4' high. Still lots of standing corn that won't get harvested 'til spring. Mebbe next year.

UB

IowaBayDog
12-29-2009, 06:18 PM
Great to see you back, Dan. Been able to get out hunting at all? Good thing we hadn't planned a hunt this year in Sodak. Colder than all billy hell right now, and snow banks 4' high. Still lots of standing corn that won't get harvested 'til spring. Mebbe next year.

UB


I've hunted pheasants once and got one bird, more than I thought I would. I've hunted Geese once, twice including tomorrow. My new position at work has had me in San Jose, CA since mid Oct and I go back Jan 5th until late Feb.. My lack of hunting convinced the wife that I should be able to book a Canada waterfowl hunt for 2010 though!! :p

Buzz
12-30-2009, 11:15 AM
Started out in a repair shop that rebuilt and rewound electric motors around Detroit. I went to a small manufacturer of electric motors, electromagnetic brakes, magnetic clutches, and gear boxes, as a repair technician and field service technician and did extensive travel for them. The president of the company offered to pay me half my salary to go back to school and finish my engineering degree, and I took him up on it. After graduation I designed custom made, liquid cooled, high speed electric motors for them for a few years. Then I was offered a job designing electric motors for Siemens, ranging from 1/2 horsepower up to 15,000 horsepower in their product development department. In that capacity I worked with factories in the USA, Mexico, and Europe, as well as representing the company with standards organizations. In 2001 I left Siemens to work in a small family business that provides training to power lineman apprentices for the power utility companies.

Julie R.
01-19-2010, 07:08 PM
I'm bumping this up to the first page and putting a link on the main forum, since there's a thread there asking what people do for a living.

JDogger
01-19-2010, 08:55 PM
I'm bumping this up to the first page and putting a link on the main forum, since there's a thread there asking what people do for a living.

Julie...Julie, tell me it's not true. Ya made it all up? Yer not really a tree-hugger?
I had bought it all, and taken you offa my ignore list. Now...you tell me it was all a sham.

Honey, you gave up a promising career with State?

and...The WH?

RE agents are lightweights compared to FS. Ya coulda shined there, and not market dependent either...:rolleyes:

How are the goats doin'?

JD

Jim Person
01-19-2010, 09:02 PM
I've worn many hats.... Logger,landscraper,HVAC, managed and owned adult entertainment establishments(that about killed me,or landed me in prison),heavy equipment operator, now I work maintaining a 1500 commercial airfield, where all my skills are applied except the go go stuff...Jim

Colonel Blimp
11-17-2010, 04:54 AM
Metallurgist and industrial chemist. (Young man, lots of laughs, no money)

Formed a partnership making diamond tooling. (Wrong partner, no laughs no money)

UK and European Business Development Manager for a US Chemical outfit. (Loved it, made a packet)

Was head-hunted to manage a chemical disaster recovery outfit. (Brilliant time until right before the heart attacks)

For about 10 years I was a semi-professional wood pigeon shooter, fitting it in between the other stuff.

Now retired and relishing every bit of it. Four Labs out 45 -50 days a season, training group to run, happy as a pig in clover in the Welsh hills.

Eug

Gerry Clinchy
11-17-2010, 09:16 AM
What are wood pigeons?

Marvin S
11-17-2010, 06:49 PM
Maternal Grandparents raised me until my grandma died when I was 12. Got passed around until I decided to go on my own @15. Short stint in Army Air Corps until I saw the VD film & told them how old I was & got discharged. Had grown up on a farm so knew how to work, actually enjoyed it. Went to college on BB scholarship, didn't feel real challenged so enlisted in AF before getting drafted. By that time had done all you could do farming at that time + some burger flipping to make extra money while in college. 3 years in USAF, Special Services & ran base Athletic Supply while playing on Base & Squadron Basketball teams. Ike decided that everyone could get an early discharge whose MOS did not require an IQ :cool: .

Enrolled at SD School of Mines & probably looked @ every Engineering major before deciding on Mining. While there managed to muddle along scholastically & held jobs working in a feedlot, liquor store clerk, delivery/sales for a laundry/dry cleaning outfit. After 3 years there the Dean of Students & I mutually agreed that this was not a good relationship so I spent a little over a year working in the mines eventually becoming a contract miner. Left when CU prices dipped to $.26 a pound from $.43 & watched some damn good miners get laid off because they were a little long in the tooth.

Went to UW & finished my degree in Mining Engineering, but while there also sold RE & worked in a Dept Store. This is all before student loans were available & a $110 a month GI Bill doesn't stretch that far :o. Went to Climax Molybdenum Co as a management trainee & left as a Shift Boss. Got involved in politics there. On to Boeing & the missile sites in ND where I met my 1st lab. Boring job, stayed a year & back to the mines as a Shift Boss in Butte for the Anaconda Co. Asst. Foreman after a year with 15 shift bosses & 400 men under my guidance. When I got the Asst. Foreman job all the bright guys that got into the Anaconda training program left so I was the anointed one except they forgot that I needed enough to feed the kids, by that time 3 of them, along the way, so I'm back to Boeing as a Liaison Engineer.

Head Hunted, not looking, to go to the Philippines as a Mining Consultant & eventual Mine Supt., but after being there 6 weeks saw that it was not going to work out. So exercised my mutual turn down clause & came home. Back to Boeing as a LE until the 1971 crunch, was in last bunch of engineers laid off. By then we had our kennel started (sold in '89), so trained dogs & did whatever else was available which was not much. Back to Boeing in '72 & left in '92 as a Lead Engineer when I hung it up to chase the dogs. I will say, when I was there the culture would not have allowed a fiasco like the 787 has become. After about 4 years the boss said every trial grounds is beginning to look the same & stayed home so I traveled on my own until that dog retired @ 8 & we went hunting :cool:.

Now I clip coupons, raise havoc with our local government, truly enjoying it & sell my son's cheese at the local Farmers markets & shows. Don't make any money for myself but it helps him get his name out there, generate some cash for feed & I do get a lot of samples :).

MB'S DRAKESHEAD BELLA
11-17-2010, 08:49 PM
Worked at Exxon Mobil in the Lab for 5 years then moved to Shell Oil @ Motiva 3 years ago.

depittydawg
11-17-2010, 09:02 PM
i thought it might be interesting if we knew what each other does for work, or did for work if retired. it might give our discussions an additional dimension, and help us to understand each other better.

i'll start; i was a machinist in several small shops in the mid 70's, then went to work as a machinist in a shipyard that builds warships for the U.S. Navy for 20 years before taking a job in design at that same shipyard. hopefully i'll retire from that job in another 6 or 7 years.

being a shipbuilder has been a rich and rewarding career. though my higher education was supposed to take me in another direction, i wouldn't change a thing if i had it to do over again.-Paul

Started life in manufacturing on the bottom many years ago. Got a degree on the way. Currently a Section Manager for a manufacturing Company. Have worn a few other hats due to downsizing and industries moving out of the country. Was a Stock Broker for a while but hated the intense Sales quotas. Same thing in banking for a few years. Also, have owned a couple of small business' over the years. Currently back at what I enjoyed the most, manufacturing.

Hunchaser
11-17-2010, 09:03 PM
I've been retired for two years and started a dog training business. My business plan was based on field trial and hunt test dogs. However, the business soon turned into training hunting dogs of all breeds.

Prior to that I was employed as a major loss examiner for ICBC in British Columbia. It's a crown corporation and that's where I spent the previous 31 years.

badbullgator
11-18-2010, 07:59 AM
After I graduated I became a male porn star. That did not pay very well but the benifits were great. After that I hit the lottery and partied hard for a few years until I spent it all. I worked with Bill Gates for a while before he got all rich famous and stuff but had to quit because I thought he was a sell out. The bull fighter gig did not go so well as I dont speak spanish. My doctor told me I had to do something to relieve stress so I started my sign and metal fab company in Oct. of 99 in my garage and has grown into a very small business that employs 10-15 people.


eh Steve....is there really any such thing as a porn "star"???