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Old 11-22-2014, 12:14 AM   #21
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I was a heavy equipment parts trouble shooter, a PartsManager, A Purchasing Agent, Sold Matco and SK Tools to mechanics, owned a dog wash and dog food store, retired play with trailers, sell parts for Molded Fiberglass Trailers.
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:40 AM   #22
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Cool What interest!

I see I didn't give enough detail on my career.
Attended Marquette University studying Electronic Engineering.
Couldn't compete - they marked on a curve - but I did meet my wife there.
Looked for a machinist apprenticeship. At Chain Belt, the personnel guy said that they usually hired 17/18 yo's right out of high school. I was 21 and washed up!
Finally did get an apprenticeship at Artos Engineering who made wire stripping machinery, downspout and gutter machinery, and machines that make shoelaces!
After finishing my apprenticeship, I looked for a job on the drafting board. I applied at Waukesha Motors (Waukesha Engine) who builds industrial engines the size of cars and brags about how many horsepower they made in a year. I obtained a job on the design board at a company that made more horsepower than Waukesha Motors, Briggs and Stratton, designing engine parts.
Then I took a job at RTE Corp designing small power pole and pad type transformers up to medium power transformers where I regressed back into the shop for $1 an hour more.
Then took a job with The Boeing Company in the 757 division, starting out on an engine lathe and ending up in tool design and finally, liaison when I was laid off and took retirement.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:20 AM   #23
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Lactation Consultant

Before becoming a NYS certified public school teacher, I was a board certified lactation consultant. I conceptualized, directed and ran a nursing mother's support group at a local hospital, provided consultations to new mothers, at home visits and also sold breastfeeding supplies such as pumps and other needs for the baby and mother. In addition, I offered classes to pregnant mothers and families on breastfeeding.

I was in the army in my 20's, and then worked as a veterinary nurse and passenger service agent for British Airways while living in England. Then I returned to the US, and worked as a bank teller. That was boring, so I had my own kids..then life became really hectic! Then started the lactation work...
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:59 AM   #24
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37 years as a registered nurse. Will officially retire Dec. 11th from my present employer....but not from nursing. Am heading out on a new adventure the next week, going to work in Nunavut.
Have always wanted to experience the northern lights in a northern locale....
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:19 AM   #25
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Way to go Theresa! We know that you won't be trailering, but how about a few words now and then about life in the True North?

Wishing you happy adventures --

D & D
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:41 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by tractors1 View Post
Don't know how one could possibly turn titanium on a lathe that small. Not going to believe this one.
How about chucked in a Dremel and using wet sandpaper in varying grits.
If you try this make sure to wear a mask, it is not good to breathe titanium dust.

You can also use 1/8" 7018 welding rod.
I don't recommend trying this stuff unless you have a working knowledge of metal.
I'm a certified welder.
Some metals are dangerous to work with.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:45 AM   #27
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I've had several full time jobs in my work history that ended with my retirement (YAY!) this year.
First was as a topographic surveyor right out of high school, then 24 years as an Air Traffic Controller in the USAF.
After that I drove city buses for the city of San Antonio, TX, worked as a mail carrier for the US post office, and was an insurance claims specialist at USAA insurance.
Ended up with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) developing instrument approach and departure procedures for pilots to use in bad weather.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:50 AM   #28
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Rodger - great thread idea - fun to read. Folks with some real interesting work history!

Theresa - Please post photos of your next journey. Would love to see them. Very cool.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:17 AM   #29
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Economics professor--really

I retire in May 2015 after 22 years as an economics professor. Somebody had to do it.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:21 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Des Nolan View Post
Way to go Theresa! We know that you won't be trailering, but how about a few words now and then about life in the True North?

Wishing you happy adventures --

D & D

I'm certain there are a number of us that would be willing to serve as support staff. I've only seen the northern lights 'live' once and they were spectacular. Happy trails
Norm and Ginny

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Old 11-23-2014, 06:20 AM   #31
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I went from Program Assistant to the County Executive Director for the USDA to a Program Technician to the same person and now that person is often referred to as a manager. I don't think I do much of what you could call "technical". Or is that "technically speaking, I assist the County Executive Director (manager) in the administration of Federally Subsidized Programs?
Living and working in the Oil Patch but home is still Iowa.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:13 AM   #32
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Thanks for the encouragement! It has been a bucket-list thing for me for many, many years.

I will take as many photos as I can.

Des---only in my dreams will I be trailering! No roads make that impossible.
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Old 11-27-2014, 07:11 AM   #33
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I retired this past July after 24 years as what I like to call "IT Dinosaur Wrangler". I was a rare animal, a Mainframe Programmer, working in COBOL, which I was told 25 years ago in an IT course was a virtually 'dead language'......
I eventually achieved 'guru status' with the old systems, and considered myself a 'digital paleontologist', digging up ancient dead programs and applications and bringing them back to life, when it was found certain critical files hadn't been getting updated in years when those applications were shut down, and necessary budget files were seriously in error. I got pretty good at bringing these long dead Zombie systems back to life. Saved the Department beaucoup dollars, got an occasional whispered 'attaboy' but no real reward.
Finally the top brass, having no idea that the mainframe systems are utterly critical to the budget, payroll and personnel systems of the department, began systematically downsizing us and trying to get rid of the mainframe with NO proper server-based replacement, until now we had four people doing the work that fifteen had done a couple years before. I finally had enough. I bailed. Enjoying retirement now.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:16 AM   #34
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I love this thread. Always interesting to find out what paths other people took. Mine wasn't that interesting. 20+ years in a wastewater plant as a certified lab tech, operator, and truck driver. Might be ____ to you, but it was my bread and butter! Moved on and hope to semi retire this coming Oct.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:37 AM   #35
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Senior Building Mechanical Inspector. Mostly 1-2 family SFD's and for a while 10 unit apts ( new construction ). A non work related injury cut my career short at 32 yrs., or I would still be working. Before that construction related sub-contractor, tree trimmer , did the head work for Racing Lab de Mexico which built Formula V put puts ( race cars ),etc . many jobs. We were winning the races, lol. On the horizon somewhere is completing my project and enjoying time ,....etc
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:47 PM   #36
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I raised 2 daughters, and while they went to school so did I (for Architectural Interior Design ). I work at a national mall developer in their Tenant Coordination group. I coordinate with the tenants designers from the time the lease is being negotiated, then review their design and construction drawings, and then follow up with them until they are open.
As for Retirement?? not yet, unfortunately.
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:31 PM   #37
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Hi: All... At the moment I'm a Time Study Technician. If the job is to technical, and I don't have the time, I study it!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Old 12-25-2014, 07:14 PM   #38
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Nearing retirement.
Spent the first 25 years of my "working" life slowly segue-ing from architectural draftsman to technical illustrator to computer graphics specialist to desk-top-publishing.
Back to school at 45, before pursuing collision repair and/or car & truck restoration work.
Now 62, and 4-6 months from joining my wife in retirement. In retirement, I hope to return to making mountain dulcimers--made about 35 of them over a 10-year period quite a while ago, and hope that they'll make for a fun retirement activity and a little miscellaneous income.
But first, a lot of short to medium camping trips with my better half... and probably our yellow lab mutt........
Note: Little blue car will NOT be our tow vehicle.
Gary, in central Iowa
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Old 12-25-2014, 08:51 PM   #39
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Fascinating career Carol, wow. I'm sure you already know about it but if not, I enjoyed a non-fiction book by Max Hardberger Recovering Stolen Ships from around the world called "seized".
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Old 12-26-2014, 12:38 AM   #40
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Started out at 18 with a commercial helicopter pilot licence. Never did get a job at it. Moved out to Edmonton and worked for a local airline as a baggage handler for a year then did an apprenticeship as welder /fitter and worked at it for 12 years building some very big oil rigs. Blew out my back and reschooled as an electronics tech. Got a job as a copier tech and worked on everything from small printers to the largest machines Konica Minolta made. Did that for 25 years until this spring when I had had enough and the stress got to me. In hindsight I stayed about 5 years too long! I am now "retired" buying fixing and selling the odd computer and enjoy life. Life is too short to put up with BS. If you don't like what your doing then do what it takes to get out of there before it chews you up!
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