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     Retired from US Navy back in 2000 after doing 21 years, 6 months, and 9 days.  Immediatley went to work as a Navy Contractor.  I work on Aircraft Carriers for the Navy in a "Find, Fix, Train" capacity.  Based out of San Diego, I travel to Bremerton, Washington and Yokosuka, Japan a few times a year.  Also get the occasional trip to a port where a Carrier might be.

 

                  Bob R.

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     Retired from US Navy back in 2000 after doing 21 years, 6 months, and 9 days. 

 

                  Bob R.

 

Hi Bob,

 

Funny how we all keep track like that. I got out of the Navy 39 years ago but if you ask anyone in my family how long I was in for they will all tell you 3 years, 9 months and 10 days, not 4 years. I got an "early out" for Christmas of 1974 as my ship was headed back for a 3rd WESPAC. Being a BT in the fireroom I wasn't looking forward to another 6-8 months in warm waters.

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Many many years ago I was trained as a mechanic and worked on school buses. I got a wild hair and took a

civil service exam and to the amazement of my family and the people I grew up with became a police officer.

After 33 years and 2 months I retired to the relief of my wife and kids.

So I entered retirement for a whole 5 months doing repair work and various other projects that needed do at

my house and both of my daughters homes. I then made it a semi retirement  gig taking on a job over seeing

the security for a large state fair for the past two and a half years.  

 

It gives me time for modeling yet keeps me busy and out of trouble. Well kinda! :o 

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Hi Bob,

 

What a coincidence! I was a plankowner on the Cook which was known for steaming. Our shake down cruise was from Boston, MA to Long Beach, CA via the Straits of Magellan. We went into the yards to have BPDMS installed on the fantail then it was off to WESPAC for almost 8 months. Home to LB for 5 months then another WESPAC. When the third one came up and they offered me an early out for Christmas, I took it. I joined the National Maritime Union when I got out but my ship literally never came in. When that didn't work out I became a stationary engineer in NJ and got my Blue Seal license. I was working on my Red Seal when my wife put her foot down - she was tired of the 7 day work weeks and we rotated shifts every 7 days which was painful for newlyweds. That was 35 years ago and I haven't been back in an operating boiler room since then.

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I feel a little low brow.  I worked retail sails for many years and finally could not look myself in the mirror.  I switched and am now working for a company that makes rubber and plastic parts.  I started in shipping then ran a belting slitter was working in the handcut division.  This encompasses anything that is not bought, die cut or done on a waterjet.  A lot of measuring drawing converting of scale.  The running gag is it is called handcut for a reason please pass the bandaids.

David B

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Ive been thru several jobs. I started out in watchmaking school and became a certified watchmaker/ clockmaker and worked in that profession for several years. Then I went to work for a defense contract company in the Tampa St Pete area as a mechanical build technician (thanks to my watchmaking degree - the DOD required it) building the internal components of the gyros for our "big boomers" MX, Peacekeeper, Minuteman & Trident II missiles. Then we all got laid off with the ending of the cold war. Then I moved back to Overland Park, KS and went back to working on clocks & watches. 

 

Finally I went back to college and received degrees in several disciplines of drafting & construction technology and I'm currently working at an architectural firm. I like the work but the extra hours to get the projects out keeps me away from my ship building.

 

Thats my story and I'm sticking to it.

 

Richard 

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After degrees in Business and Education I was drafted into the Army in 1968.  When I got out I took a job with a movie theatre company and learned to build and equip multiplex theatre complexes.  My first one was a twin.  I worked for three companies over 20 years.  I went out on my own about 1990 and have been doing the same thing ever since.  The complexes are 12 to 20 screens now and film is nowhere to be found. During the last 24 years or so I have worked all over the world designing, building and equipping cinema complexes of all kinds.

 

I retired in January at age 69 after 44 years in the same industry.  I will still do a consulting gig occasionally as long as it does not get in the way of my hobbies.  I am also a serious amateur photographer.  I have had the same Admiral for 34 years and she has shown great tolerance.

 

I have wanted to get serious about model ship building and now seems like the time.  This web site is the best thing to happen to the hobby.  When I first dabbled in model building years ago information and help was hard to come by.  Everything you need is right here.  The one downside is the quality of the artistry here.  I feel like no matter how many years I work at this I will never gain the skills of many here.

 

Thanks for being here and all the help.

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Gosh thinking back I have had a lot of employers.  I started out life as a traditional butcher progressing to department manager in a large supermarket chain.  I then took a year out ran my own music shop selling records before going to college and then University to study politics and Contemporary history specialising in military history.  I had every intention of becoming a lecturer in military history but jobs were few and far between so i got a temporary expediting job for an aerospace defines company rapidly becoming a buyer.  I know work for a large international steel manufacturer as a Purchasing Manager.

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This has been a fantastic thread to read. So many interesting careers!

 

I grew up in a resort and wound up buying my own resort (with a huge mortgage) while still in my final year of university. I was too young to know that wasn't wise.  I sold out after only seven years.

 

My schooling is in environmental biology and I spent a few miserable years in a government job counting fish before embarking on my current career.  For over twenty years, now, I have been doing lighting design and sound design for live theatre.  I also do a fair bit of design and construction of special effects and dabble in stage management when the opportunity arises.

 

Its an odd life. As a private contractor, I am either working 20 hour days or not at all and it will never make me rich but the secret is that if they quit paying me, I do it anyway for the fun of it!

 

(Please don't tell on me)

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Something off topic. You have one cool looking beard. Nice and round a wonderful color.

Marc

Hi Marc,

I appreciate the complement.  My Admiral was certain that the Billy Gibbons look would not be advisable so being a good sailor it is round.  I have had it since I got out of the Army in 1970.  The color is genetic, my father had a white beard and dark hair into his nineties.  Thanks again and I really like your hat.

Jack

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After school I completed 4 years training to become a certified mechanic. The army - yes we have one in Switzerland and there is in fact a much simplified version of the Swiss army knife in use - then taught me to drive trucks and to yell at people (making me a sergeant).

 

Looking for something more interesting I went back to school, earned a B.Sc in mechanical engineering and started constructing for automation projects in a large Swiss company. I wasn’t too happy there and fortunately a friend then talked me into trying to join Swissair’s pilot school. They even accepted me at the ripe old age of 26. Flying definitely proved better than working!

 

Since then I’ve flown Douglas, Fokker and Airbus aircraft on short- and long haul sectors, 13 years as a copilot, then 20 years as commander always for the largest Swiss airline. Now I’m looking forward to retirement as working in the airline business really isn’t that much fun anymore.

 

I find it interesting (and a bit frightening) that quite a few fellow modelers are, or were working in the airline business – especially in the engineering section. Somehow gluing odd bits of wood, metal and string together seems to fascinate them. This probably could tell us something about aircraft construction – but I’d rather not know what. :unsure:

 

Fascination with modeling and ships started young with the usual model trains and Forrester’s books about Hornblower and still holds although my real sailing experience never got better than occasionally capsizing a small sailboat. But through my job I was fortunately able to visit marine museums and ships all over the world – from Stockholm to San Diego and from Cutty Sark to Constitution.

 

Cheers

Peter

 

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Hi

 

I've had basically the same profession for about 14 years now. Been working as a Store Person for a variety of wholesale warehouses, logistics and manufacturing. Ranging from team leader roles through to simple warehouse floor employees. I have recently decided to make a big change in my career path. Although I love to work in a warehousing enviroment, I felt I was capable of more. So after some study, I have turned the skills and knowledge from my warehousing experience into a new career path of Trainer/Assessor. I start my new career this week training Job seekers, and people who want to gain some qualifications in warehousing, to improve their careers. It will require flying all over the state, as well as metro work to various sites. I am very nervous and excited at the same time.

 

My love for modelling began as a teenager. I must have taken after my Dad. I built dozens of exotic cars, before moving onto fighter jets and such. Due to no income as a lad, I stopped for many years. I got introduced to wooden ship kits by my uncle years ago, and I was mesmorized by them! However when I discovered the cost they were out of my reach. But recently I won Employee of the Month at a previous employer. This gained me a $500 prize, which I used to start this fantastic hobby!

 

That's my life story so far

 

Regards

 

Adam

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I am retired now. I was a computer programmer for 27 years. I also spent 27 years in the Air Force (7 years active and 20 years in Air National Guard). I earned a living as supervisor in a vegetable cannery, and as a supervisor in can making plant. I was a graphic designer for a carton company and an industrial designer for computer peripherals.

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Im afraid i will win the prize for the most boring job of the bunch ,Left agricultural collage in 1978 and have been farming the family farm ever since ,apart from a 4 year period in the construction industry in the early 2000,s  Now semi-retired for several reasons and hope to fully retire in another couple of years and spend the rest of my days trying to build the ultimate model .Have Fun 

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Been out of the loop for months, best friend and buddy of 45 yrs. (wife) finally overcame a serious med problem all is well glad to be back.

Started as a caddy at a golf course Groton Conn. age 12. Marine bioligist aide Dauphin Island Al. led to a career with Alabama Marine Police 26 years on the water, marine enforcement, cross trained Customs officer & National Marine fisheries officer. Member of gulf Coast Blue Lightning Drug task Force. Wife a paramedic I was an EMT reorganized Dauphin Island Fire and Rescue after Hurricane Fredric 1979 (interesting lost our bridge for 3 years no life flight back then). 

 

Retired had to get a real job wife and I started an Investigation company (no domestics) focus on work comp & disability fraud.

Have been blessed with jobs that have been so rewarding and able to assist the public I never looked at any of them as work loved it all.

 

My ego is showing. Am finally able to get back to the Victory.

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Well, here is my first post. Currently Im a Master Military Training Instructor at Lackland AFB. Ive been training the newest Air Force recrutes for 5 years now and will be going back to my transportation job in a month or so. This job has taken its toll on the fam and the ship building, but in a couple of months I will be back to the Essex again. Good to see such a diverse population out there. Enjoy all ;) !!

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Great fun reading this thread.  Such a cross section of the world!

 

I'm an orthodontist - but not for much longer.  After 9 years as a dentist, then 36 years in orthodontics, I'm retiring in 2 months.

 

Shihawk, I must respectfully disagree with you.  Farming has to be one of the least boring jobs on this earth.

 

Cheers,

 

Brett

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A bit of an introduction from a newbie :)

I have studied Computer Science and Cognitive Sciences, been DJ:ing for bout 25 years.

Yes I started with vinyls of course :P I quit when time come to use a laptop for the music.. CD was ok though.

Managing a bookstore for about 15 years. These different stuff intermingled ;)

 

Cheers!

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Hi all-

 

I'm on active duty with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s commissioned officer corps.  NOAA operates a fleet of research ships and aircraft in the US to do nautical charting, oceanography, fisheries research as well as weather and climate research.  They have a small corps of uniformed officers to drive the ships and fly the planes.  I'm currently the XO (Executive Officer aka Chief Mate aka Assistant Principal) of the NOAA Ship Pisces, which is works in the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic.  Building ships on a ship is going to be a bit of a challenge (not much space to work and no running off to the shop when you are out of something!) but it should be a fun challenge.

 

Cheers

Bill

 

P.S.--If anyone wants a unique scratchbuilding challenge (or commission job!) , my current ride would make a great project and I have unlimited access to detailed pictures!)

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Achuck nice to meet a fellow redleg in the hobby.

 

As for me I spent my formative years in the US Army field artillery as a forward observer, graduated from that to managing Dominos Pizza resturants in the ski towns of Colorado and finally moved on to the tech field in California where I am currently employed as a Senior Network Engineer.

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