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  • Member since
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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Whats your occupation?
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:00 PM

Hello everybody. For those who don't know me I'm Joe. You'll usually catch me hanging out in the aircraft or Group Build sections.  Just got an itch to find out what everybody that's interested to post does for an occupation. Not looking for money or any prestigious stuff. Just curious. Me? I am an automotive technician for a local Chevy dealer. Been doing this for about 16 years now. Love fixing stuff and working with my hands which goes hand in hand with the hobby. The good thing about the hobby is that I get to create/ replicate whatever I want. Looking forward to some good feedback here. Just a chance for everybody to get to know one another better.

                   

 

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Posted by RX7850 on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:50 PM

Hey Mustang 1989;

I'll have a go at it.  I 'm sort of a  jack of all trades so  the hands on thing comes naturally . However like you I worked in the automotive trade as a tech. went to school and all that  . Went back to college  to  earn a degree  toward another career ( several times) . Then changed headings again and acquired a career  in law enforcement / corrections. Which is were I stand today.

Who knew..

By the way nice to meet you.

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, March 25, 2013 11:05 PM

Man thats awesome. Service to the community too. Jack of all trades.....I'm afraid that those of us who can work with our hands are subject to handywork. Nice to meet you too.

I failed to mention that I used to be a Huey crewchief for 8-1/2 years active duty and in field artillery working on M109 self propelled howitzers for around 5 years in the Tx Army National Guard.

                   

 

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Monday, March 25, 2013 11:14 PM

I am an engineer working for Caterpillar for 15 years now.

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Posted by RX7850 on Monday, March 25, 2013 11:20 PM

Your service is noted in my book.

Thanks

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, March 25, 2013 11:29 PM

wolfhammer1

I am an engineer working for Caterpillar for 15 years now.

Hats go off to you. Field work is not always fun and games.

                   

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, March 25, 2013 11:30 PM

RX7850

Your service is noted in my book.

Thanks

......and yours in mine pal.

                   

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 6:09 AM

I was an HVAC-Gas Utility Serviceman for 27 years,servicing gas and electric appliances,searching and repairing gas leaks,changing gas meters and piping,restoring customers.

For the past 8 years,i have been planning, dispatching and supporting, the techs wo do this work.

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  • From: Mt. Washington, KY
Posted by Geezer on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 6:26 AM

Howdy, mustang.

Started out as an elementary school teacher, worked in a warehouse (same money as teaching back then, by the way), worked for GE Appliances for 19 years as a systems analyst, since 1999 i've been at Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville KY as a programmer, analyst, customer liason and since 2005 as a Business Requirements Analyst -

Lyle.

Oh, and i was an assistant manager for a resturant for a couple of years.

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Posted by Eagle90 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 6:51 AM

Hey mustang,

Great post!  I was in the Air Force for 21 years working avionics on F-15 and F-16's (the 15 is my baby!).  Retired 3 years ago and have been working for  NOAA/National Weather Service as an electronics tech.  This hobby helps get me away from all the tech stuff I do......but it doesn't keep me from wanting to light up or make some parts move on my models!

Eagle90

 

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Posted by Rambo on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:47 AM

Hey Mustang

I'm a Chemical Mill and waste water operator in the aerospace field. Basically I work with the Titanium blades that are in jet engines, we also do a few auto and medical stuff too. My job involves the use of Hydrofluoric Acid and the proper disposal of it. There's some other chemicals and machinery involved that i operate too but that's the small explanation of it lol.

Clint

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Posted by Nathan T on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:29 AM

Ag Pilot in the summer:

...And Aircraft mechanic in the winter. Some cool day jobs in here!

 

 

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Posted by Jester75 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:58 AM

This should be a pretty interesting thread Joe! Myself, I like to dabble in just about anything but for a living I work in the IT field dealing with Electronic Medical Records.

Eric

 

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:37 AM

WELL , LESSEE

I was a MERCHANT engineroom tech . for eight years AFTER my NAVY service  of thirteen years  Hmm, then worked my way up to the bridge . CAPTAINED for SHELL/BP for another eight years . Started my own business (building custom homes ) and so on . Now I am semi-retired and build model ships on commission ( modern vessels only ) 1930s to today  Huh?. That's about it .     Tanker-builder  Big Smile

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:42 AM

Hey BOSS , de plane-de plane !!

HE ! HE ! HE !  . You know ,I have always liked those birds .Are they easy to fly ? I wanna play with the airplane , can I -can I  , huh ? Never got over my love of being in the cockpit at 5,000 feet .

fox
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Posted by fox on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:53 AM

Well, lets see. For the first 18 years, I was a unit operator for a major oil company. For the next 18 years, I was a senior lab tech. for that same oil company's chemical division. Retired in '98. Since then I work at  what we all know to be a fascinating job "An exicutor of Honey Do Lists". Wink

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:35 PM

Well lets see... Just after high school I was a crane operator..... machinest.... janitor... general manager for a chain of movie theateres... (projectionist, conssecion sales, ticket taker, janitor again, also in charge of hiring and firing.) ... construction worker  mostly demolition..... a variety of machine operators including injection molding for a company that actually did a short run of kits  ( I forget for who but it was a civilian aircraft) ...  bus driver... cross country truck driver...  driller helper... forklift operator..... weld shop supervisor..... a variety of day laborer jobs...  and current ly    a school bus driver during the school year and a water tender driver during the fire season   ( no screaming kids and flaming trees... no problem!!  )

                          And somewhere along the way I also worked for a few foundrys    HEAVY METAL !  

 

I'v packed a lot of living into my 47 years! and have forgotten a bunch of jobs that were to short or to terrible to mention.

P.S.   I did have 3 paper routes when I was 11 so that would have been my first job.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:00 PM

Nice idea. I am now working in the building trade as a laberour, i work for my brother. In Oct i came out the British Army after 22 years, not my choice i would have stayed if i could. And i still find it hard to not say i am in the army if people ask. So i may be in the building trade, but i am still a GRUNT at heart.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:12 PM

I was an electrical engineer, designing custom motor control systems for industrial automation in just about every industry you can think of.  It involved a lot of travelling, and I got to see what goes on in very interesting places, from mines to commercial bakeries, to steel mills, automotive foundries, breweries, etc.  I got in to see the stuff you don't see on tourist tours.  Also got involved with troubleshooting our systems when something went on the fritz, which was always a high pressure situation because of the high costs to the customer when a high volume production line shut down.

I am now retired and build models and try to keep out of trouble with the wife!

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

Dre
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Posted by Dre on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:19 PM

I work as a newspaper photographer, have been doing that for the last 20 years.

This is me 'at work' during the NASCAR race at Bristol (my home town) two weeks ago...  the photo I wanted had already passed by, so that's why I look like I'm doing nothing with the camera in my hands.

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Posted by Jester75 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:35 PM

Nice Dre!! I haven't been to Bristol in several years but its definitely "the race' too see. Do they still close down main street the week of the race and have the drivers, cars, and sponsors out signing autographs and stuff?

Eric

 

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Posted by dirkpitt77 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 2:50 PM

Former auto mechanic, now free lance writer. I write fiction primarily, mostly short stories that I submit to literary magazines. I'll do contract work, supplying non-fiction or technical material for blogs & magazines on occasion too.

    "Some say the alien didn't die in the crash.  It survived and drank whiskey and played poker with the locals 'til the Texas Rangers caught wind of it and shot it dead."

Dre
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Posted by Dre on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:03 PM

Jester- yep, they still do that in August.  

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:43 PM

I work in the architectural department of the local supermarket chain.  I didn't think a supermarket would need much in the way of design, but we always have lots of work to do.  I started out as a mechanical engineer, but plumbing and A/C (no heating needed in Hawaii!) didn't really do it for me.  I spent the next 10 years at a food service design consulting outfit, which was more fun because I got to visit all the expensive resorts that I would never be able to stay at.  So here I am doing supermarket layouts for the last 8 years.

My modeling and work rarely cross paths; I did one store layout, one checkout section, and three funky merchandiser spinners, all in Foamcore.  Nothing fancy, just some fast and dirty mock-ups for the executive committee to review.

Great thread subject!  So no professional modelers or guys in kit manufacturing?

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Posted by waynec on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 4:29 PM

i was an armor officer and mortar plt leader in germany in the late '70s, had a combat support companty at carson b efore becoming a MILES instructor on all the new equipment traing teams in the '80s. from there i became a technical illustrator and still do it, albeit right now an independant involuntarily retired one. i am also the house husband and cook.

at this time i build boats, modern and ww1 and earlier, modern warwheels, railroad stuff, and towed artillery

"Nikto ne Zabyt . Nichto ne Zabyto.

"No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten."

 

G-J
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Posted by G-J on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:02 PM

Howdy...

I work in IT security.  I've done vulnerability assessments for about five years, but I'm moving to a new field, following my passion - Incident Response and Forensics.

On the bench:  Tamyia Mosquito Mk. VI for the '44 group build.  Yes, still.

On deck: 

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Posted by dpty_dawg_ca on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:22 PM

Now retired, I spent 30 years as a nuclear power lpant operator. Also I was a volunteer firefighter for 37 years and retired as  chief.

Thanks

Carl

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:12 AM

I have been a letter carrier for the USPS for 17 years.  My current route which I've had for 7 years is a 10.5 mile walk everyday with a lot of streets that end in hill.  Love the neighborhood though.  Before that was in autobody repair for a few years.  Also the resident DIY man in the house.  I'm too cheap to pay someone if I can do it myself.  John

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:39 PM

Wow! What a spread of occupations here! Just interesting to see the skills that everybody has and another opportunity to get to know each other a little better. Good stuff guys!

                   

 

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Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:50 PM

REAL G    What counts as a professional modeler?   A guy whos sole form of income is from modeling...   or a guy who occasionally gets paid for it?     I do from time to time get paid to glue my fingers together but I didnt count it in my Loooooong list of previous employment.     Not trying to be a pain in the a**    just curious.    Maybe I should add it to my resume?    

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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