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Old 12-29-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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Re: What is your profession / trade ?

I'll jump in...

I design and write web-based use interfaces for Tivoli (part of IBM Software Group). I work from home (or anywhere I can get a decent internet connection). That, combined with home-schooling our kids has me really looking forward to getting our bus converted.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:37 PM   #2
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Re: What is your profession / trade ?

Now, my turn.

I'm an electronics tech, maintaining mail processing machines.

I've had many jobs, but find that working as a technician rewarding to me .

The company I work for is Bowe Bell and Howell.

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Old 12-29-2007, 06:59 PM   #3
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Hmmm...well...I've done many things.

I had attended college for 3.5 years pursuing a mechanical engineering degree, but soon found myself not enjoying it. I loved the design portion of things. I love working with materials. I even love analyzing stuff. What I do not enjoy is being a CAD monkey or doing marketing and unfortunately that is where a lot of the market is in what I wanted to specialize in (machine component/powertrain design).

I had a bit of a crisis of sorts. It was time to decide what I needed to do. I looked at many career options. Many of them appealed to me. Many of them did not. You see...I'm perfectly content working blue collar stuff, but I would feel as though I wasn't fully working to my personal capabilities and that would keep me from being happy.

Fast forward a little...I'm now in school for automotive technology and just completed my first semester with a 4.0. It's amazing how well you can do at something if it is truly what you enjoy and are passionate about. If I can turn a hobby into a career....

So what do I currently do? I sling parts at a local Auto Value parts store about 25 hours per week. I also moonlight for a local sleazership on weeknights after school anywhere from 5-15 hours per week.

My dream job? Well...I'd like to take my A.A.S. in engineering along with my diploma in automotive tech and work for one of the big companies. Toyota has many offerings doing R&D on new products ranging from maintenance procedure stuff to hand building, dyno testing, and tearing down engines. That's the kind of stuff I would enjoy. It's a cross between mechanics and engineering. If the need arose I would return to school on the engineering side, hopefully on their meal ticket.

And yes...eventually I would like to have my own shop (atleast part time) that does custom fab and engineering work for vehicles, especially wheeling rigs.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:45 AM   #4
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I teach motorcycle racing and track riding schools. Still race motorcycles also. I offer some motorsports consulting services too.
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:33 PM   #5
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wow who ever thuoght that a bunch of skoolies would be so resourceful up here in canada i am a sheet metal jman have been for near 20 years i work in pulp mills and saw mills flashing cladding venting and fabbing i ran a shet metal shop for a roofing company for 10 years then left that a year ago to work at the fab shop where i work now less stress and i get time off in the summer now so that is where the bus comes in handy there is a wealth of knowledge in the skoolie forum! tim
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:29 PM   #6
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Ferryboat engineer here. Know how to run diesels (change L.O. and fuel filters). Ironically, my bus is four miles away, but since they decided to scrap my beloved ferryboat it's now 90 miles & 2 ferries. Drove my bus yesterday, a 3208 Cat. 70 MpH on the flats, drives like a VW Vanagon.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:17 AM   #7
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paramedic firefighter
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:16 PM   #8
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My turn,
I am an ee and manage "critical power" for one of if not the largest data farm in the world. Part time wanna be bus mechanic.
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Old 12-31-2007, 10:18 PM   #9
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Carpenter- framing, trim and cabinets. Been self-employed for 25 yrs. Lately been masquerading as a biologist working for an environmental consulting firm on a contract basis on short term projects. That's why I love this forum, everyone is way more mechanically talented than I, so I have a great rescource for info when I need it. Not to mention, just a friendly bunch. That said, thanks to all and a happy new year!
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Old 01-01-2008, 05:06 PM   #10
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I just hit my 10 year mark in the Air Force this past Saturday. I started out as a heavy aircraft mechanic. I worked on KC-10's and the E-3 AWACS. Then I cross trained and now I'm a flight engineer on the AWACS. I sit right behind the co-pilot and have a huge panel that I run during flight. I manage the engines, hydraulics, fuel, aircraft pressurization, electric power, and handle in flight emergencies. I also pre-flight the aircraft, and plan the flight such as the best altitude to fly at for the conditions. It's a pretty intense job, but I really love it. The AWACS is a pretty interesting plane. The crew consists of 23 people. Two pilots, a navigator and a flight engineer up front, and 19 people in the back that do various jobs like directing fighters and watching their backs for enemy aircraft, missiles, etc. We also do a lot of counter drug operations in South America.
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