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« on: March 20, 2007, 01:48:52 am »

I have been curious about what some of you guys do for a living,
and when I was on the phone with Jim a while back he seemed fairly surprised to hear what I do.

Thought it may be fun to introduce ourselves from a professional point of view...


I am a Material Test Operator for a major aerospace company in Seattle (I'll let you guess the company  Hmmmmm)
I program a machine to test various materials/bolted joints (CFRP, Ti, Al, Steels, etc) in tension and compression fatigue cycling. 
Yes, this is DESTRUCTIVE testing.  My job is not complete until I have broken something 
Then I have to work the data files into something that can be understood, which usually means graphing in excel using VB Macros when possible.
I get to do some design work in CAD; currently CADKey/KeyCreator but we're converting to CATIA V5.
I work with Thermocouples, LVDT's, load cells, various deflectometers, strain gages, etc, and usually have to datalog them all.  Shocked

I never thought 'work' could actually be fun... 

Only been there 2 years now, but have 8 yrs with the company. 
I used to drill holes & buck rivets on the 777 fuselage.  Disgust


That is probably way more than what anyone cares to know though...  I'm sorry

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007, 03:30:10 am »

I'm a professional student (READ: bum). But I just started talking with Earl Gaerte, I'm hoping to get in there.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007, 06:57:11 am »

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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 09:00:21 am »

I'm a Jet Engine mechanic. I spent 21 years in the Air force as a Jet Mechanic 15 of those years running engine on the test cell or jets on the trim pad/hush house. I've worked on J79 (F4) F100-PW-100/200/220/229 (F-15 and F-16) and TF30 (F111) in the A.F. I'm currently working ALF 502/507 and the CFE738 and a mechanic/analyst. As an analyst I inspect all the components and parts for serviceability.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 10:08:50 am »

I'm a Jet Engine mechanic. I spent 21 years in the Air force as a Jet Mechanic 15 of those years running engine on the test cell or jets on the trim pad/hush house. I've worked on J79 (F4) F100-PW-100/200/220/229 (F-15 and F-16) and TF30 (F111) in the A.F. I'm currently working ALF 502/507 and the CFE738 and a mechanic/analyst. As an analyst I inspect all the components and parts for serviceability.

It's amazing when two people of the same career field with 21 years never meet. 

I'd say you're probably older than I...   the F111 and J79 give it away!
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2007, 10:14:35 am »

Here in August i am going to school for automotive and diesel mechanics. but lookin of going in to the diesel line of work. thats what i want to do.
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2007, 10:31:18 am »

I do customer support and test product returns for a computer graphics card company.
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2007, 10:37:01 am »

I'm a Jet Engine mechanic. I spent 21 years in the Air force as a Jet Mechanic 15 of those years running engine on the test cell or jets on the trim pad/hush house. I've worked on J79 (F4) F100-PW-100/200/220/229 (F-15 and F-16) and TF30 (F111) in the A.F. I'm currently working ALF 502/507 and the CFE738 and a mechanic/analyst. As an analyst I inspect all the components and parts for serviceability.

It's amazing when two people of the same career field with 21 years never meet. 

I'd say you're probably older than I...   the F111 and J79 give it away!

Yep old fart here.  I retired in 1997 from Nellis. Where were you stationed?
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2007, 10:39:22 am »

Tool and Die maker. Been doing it going on 15 yrs. Can be a lot of fun and can be a real pain in the ass. Its hard to make things completely idiot proof, but it keeps me employed.
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2007, 10:54:46 am »

Well, I own this forum (not a job  ) I own Fordstrokers (busy) I run some online dating sites (the money) and take care of my kids by day. Worked at Ford years ago and also a mechanical engineer
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« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2007, 11:06:40 am »

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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2007, 11:11:14 am »

I'm a retired AMMO troop. I spent 21 years in the Air Force. The reason I retired is I didn't want my assignment to Nellis...now I'm a house bitch. I cook and clean and take care of all the things around the house while my wife works.   
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2007, 11:40:27 am »

I'm a retired AMMO troop. I spent 21 years in the Air Force. The reason I retired is I didn't want my assignment to Nellis...now I'm a house bitch. I cook and clean and take care of all the things around the house while my wife works.   

You sir are my new hero! 
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« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2007, 11:42:06 am »

I'm enjoying while I can. Don't know how long I'll be able to get away with it. Grin
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« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2007, 11:52:32 am »

Own my own Landscape Architecture firm by day ICON Landscape Architecture

Spend my free time working on the 'stang, playing Counter Strike and having fun with my three boys (ages 5, 3 and 1).

Yep, I'm one busy dude.
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