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Started in machine shops in 1979 in New York working for a semiconductor company.  Moved to Florida in 1986 and worked for Litton Laser Systems, now Northrum Grumman until I got laid off at the end of a contract.  Started working for a job shop catering to the military doing prototype lasers for targeting and such.  Built a table saw in my spare time and it became a full time business.  Own Model Machines LLC along with the boss,  Donna.

 

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I have been teaching math at a two-year college for twenty-two years. At one time I felt secure in my job, thinking computers will never replace a math teacher. It seems I was wrong. This semester we have 280 students learning math in a computer lab. And it's working well. This fall we plan to have 440 students learning with the help of a computer. I can retire in six years.

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I've just retired (after 32 years) as an Engineer for Boeing, working on commercial and military airplanes, missles and associated equipment.

 

Before that I was a jailor, worked in a foundry, worked in highway repair, gas stations, stuff like that. Now that I'm retired, I sail and maintain a 25' Friendship Sloop and volunteer to repair wooden sailboats. Oh, I also build ship models

 

And, my favorite mil-spec is MIL-F-14499F (look it up).

 

Thanks!

 

Harvey

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Wayne in Arkansas will have fun with this one.
 

I am a retired engineer who was involved with designing and experimenting with nuclear weapons for the US.
 

I also like to tinker with new ideas of making things happen with stuff around us. That includes existing tools as well as totally new concepts involving the electronic gadgets before I understood them (LED lights, for examaple).

I like input from others; small or large; love to read about new happenings in our universe as well as the tiny models we are trying to reconstruct.
 

And I am not afraid of criticism, Wayne.

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LOL!  "Q" comes to mind, Jay! 

 

While reading up on the Higgs Bosun some more (it is a rather intriquing finding, and has sparked my sons interest in Schrödinger's cat again), I am trying to figure out how to convince the boss lady that we need a new electric toothbrush for the boys so I can have their old one!

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LOL!  "Q" comes to mind, Jay! 

 

While reading up on the Higgs Bosun some more (it is a rather intriquing finding, and has sparked my sons interest in Schrödinger's cat again), I am trying to figure out how to convince the boss lady that we need a new electric toothbrush for the boys so I can have their old one!

Boss ladies are hard to convince, we all know. But this is the 'electronic age' and that goes beyond tooth brushes, old or new. That probably means that your kids are teaching you how cats behaves, love and mate. But then again you would know all about making love in Arkansas. How about 'new stuff'?

 

Q's are fine, but what about the real world????? What about something we can all appreciate and use (especially in our model world)??

 

BRW what is your prior occupation, besides moonshiner????

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the first 6 years i worked as a computer/ software technician  5 of wich where at one of the nuclear popwerplants in Belgium

the next 15 years i joined a small company as software developer. we catered for small business in al their It needs.

then my live changed totaly as i met a charming aussie girl online.

i am now married (almost 5 years) and living in Sydney Australia and working as a senior system support officer for a local council.

Have always been into building models since i was young but only just over a year ago i started a wooden model and am now totaly hooked on wooden miodel building :)

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I worked for thirty eight years in R&D, with the majority of my time associated with Aerospace. I was lucky enough to had employment with three companies, with the last being a major company who kept me busy for twenty nine years.

I loved aircraft growing up and was lucky enough to be at the right time in the right places to start out in this field as a technician. I worked my way into many different job titles over the years, but always enjoyed my roles in non-management best. I spent eleven years in flight test and eighteen in ground test where we developed, tested and certified new jet engines (gas turbines) for the military and commercial market. When I retired I was an operations manager at one of our ground test facilities.

As I mentioned above, I was lucky to have had such a long career with a major company. Benefits and salary were good, but it seems that is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. I worry what the future employment picture will bring to our children and grandchildren.

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Afraid no moonshine in this family tree - maybe some rum running and other related activities in the past, but no moonshine I'm afraid!   As to other prior occupations, there have been many.  First job ever was picking shade grown cigar tobacco.  Then on to Marine Biology, Firefighting and EMS, Hazardous Materials planning & response, Emergency dispatcher, then once out of college Air Traffic Controller, and for about 21 years now a professional Emergency Manager - first with non-governmental agencies, then on to consulting the past 12 years.  Too much time working with government agencies - sometimes get lost in the gobbledygook of minutiae and forget to step back and contemplate the larger picture!

 

Don't really have too much to contribute to the advancement of model making - too new to the field and out to learn from those who have greater skills and experience!  About all I can add is what I can offer from reference books and research...now if I could only manage a good clove hitch when tying a ratline!

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I have been teaching math at a two-year college for twenty-two years. At one time I felt secure in my job, thinking computers will never replace a math teacher. It seems I was wrong. This semester we have 280 students learning math in a computer lab. And it's working well. This fall we plan to have 440 students learning with the help of a computer. I can retire in six years.

Math is great, computers are (well, you have to understand they are another tool. Or are they?)

I still think to really understand math you have to do it the hard way: use your brain, try an example on paper, get curious and try to solve some more problems, answer some questions that are more complicated, etc. If a computer can help, fine. But they should not be the final answer. It still takes a good teacher to instill the right attitude in students. I have a feeling you do and did.

 

To retire in six years is a nice goal. It will give you lots of time to work hard on modeling and teaching others like us about math. Good luck my friend Bender.

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Afraid no moonshine in this family tree - maybe some rum running and other related activities in the past, but no moonshine I'm afraid!   As to other prior occupations, there have been many.  First job ever was picking shade grown cigar tobacco.  Then on to Marine Biology, Firefighting and EMS, Hazardous Materials planning & response, Emergency dispatcher, then once out of college Air Traffic Controller, and for about 21 years now a professional Emergency Manager - first with non-governmental agencies, then on to consulting the past 12 years.  Too much time working with government agencies - sometimes get lost in the gobbledygook of minutiae and forget to step back and contemplate the larger picture!

 

Don't really have too much to contribute to the advancement of model making - too new to the field and out to learn from those who have greater skills and experience!  About all I can add is what I can offer from reference books and research...now if I could only manage a good clove hitch when tying a ratline!

That is more like I thought you were really up to, Wayne. I too jumped around the market place to find a new and more interesting position as time went by. Fortunately we have a choice and being a bit smarter than the average guy helps, just like you have been. It does not matter what you do, try it all or most and choose the best.

Keep brushing those old teeth my friend, they will serve you well. Keep biting deep.

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My current postion is Senior Network Engineer, working at a large health insurance company.  Past jobs include Mainframe (remember mainframes?) System Programmer, application programmer using COBOL and Assembler.  All this followed my first career in accounting.  I went to college for Astrophysics, but quickly decided I didn't want to hang around with that crowd for a lifetime.

 

I have had a lifelong interest in astronomy and have recently gotten back into it, my avatar is a result of this newly re-found hobby.  One wife, one daughter, one granddaughter, and an indeterminate number of cats around the house (currently 3 of them at the moment, I believe).

 

Bob

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My current employment has me doing over-the-phone technical support for people with internet trouble. I have held a plethora of jobs in the past though. I even had the pleasure (thick sarcasm) of some deployments with the US Army in it's more recent endeavors. I have always enjoyed modeling from the time I was 5 or 6 and started with plastic model cars and airplanes. I think wooden ship building is the epitome of modeling and I know this is a past-time that I will enjoy for the rest of my life. I am currently married and have two lovely little daughters which means I'm going to be in for some massive stress and ulcers when they get older. I also enjoy brewing beer in my spare time.

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Going backwords

 

Cosmetics and cosmetics machinery sales executive, project engineering manager, plant engineer, foreman in a steel yard building barges and river tow boats, 2nd assistant engineer on freighters and tankers, cadet, student, pain in the neck child. 

 

Allan

 

 

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Uhhh, my occupation ...

 

Occupation and employment. It doesn't relate to ship modelling except that ship modelling is the one occupation that joins us all in our various diversities, (tkay11, slightly adjusted)

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Retired USN Photographers Mate, I had the best job in the Navy!  Was able to travel the world at Uncle Sam's expense for 20 years, served aboard the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS America (CV-66) and the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).  Shore duty at NAS Brunswick ME and Hampton Roads Virginia.  

I now work as a Patient Account Rep. for a medical company located in Virginia Beach VA.  

 

Tim

 

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Well, started work as an electrician/instrument mechanic apprentice, qualified and joined RN for 4 years which allowed me to pass my BEng in Electrial Engineering.

Worked on Cross Channel ferries for a while as assistant Eng.

Then worked as Electrical Engineer for a company who supplies large scale DCS systems to PowerGen, petrochemical and papermills as a designer and programmer.

Moved across the pond in 2005, working for same company as a Sr Process systems specialist.

I have travelled extensively in my life with almost 40 different countries visited, 39 US states and 6 Canadian provinces.

 

Ben

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US Army officer, commissioned in 1996.  Started in the Light Infantry at Fort Drum, NY and transitioned to the Signal Corps in 2000 while in Bosnia.  Since 2001, I have been on Fort Bragg and worked in basically every type of unit (Special Forces Battalion, various Special Operations units, the School House as a Doctrine Writer/Analyst, 82d Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, PSYOP Group, and two Joint Task Forces).  Next summer we will make the big move to Fort Carson where I will be the communications officer for 4th Infantry Division.  Have deployed to Afghanistan more than once over the years and Iraq once for 16 months.

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I currently work for a company as a project manager and senior fabricator for a company building theme park attractions. Before that i worked for several years building custom cabinets, furniture, antique repair and restoration. Before that I spent 13 years in the kitchen refacing business; putting formica on peoples kitchen cabinets. Before that I worked at the Motion Picture Hospital preparing food for retired people in the motion picture industry. Actually i spent a lot of my time doing what overly testosterone laden males do; chased the nurses, got into food fights etc. Wheel chair races down the corridors after hours were always fun. I can tell you though that at 80 plus years old Johnny Weismiller could still do a respectable  Tarzan holler!

Sam

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