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
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.
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.
That is probably way more than what anyone cares to know though...