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Tourmeister

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Howdy,

:tab We've had so many new members sign up in the last few months it's amazing. So now I am curious about all of you! What do you do to make a living? What would you like to be doing to make a living? You are making a living right? Let's hear it!

Adios,
 
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I'm a lowly little student worker at a research facility for Texas A&M. I used to be a heavy and light line technician at a Lincoln-Mercury dealer in Houston before I went back to school. Ideally I'd like to find a job related to automotive, motorcycle, motorsports, etc. If I could land a job doing product development or manufacture in the auto/motorcycle aftermarket industry I'd be in hog heaven. At least that's what I think now... :wink: We all know how that's supposed to change after being on the job a few years. I think a job along those lines would keep me challenged enough that I would enjoy it. Who knows what the future will bring at this point. 8)
 
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I am a contract computer consultant. I support a pipeline control(SCADA) system for a large Oil Company. I am still looking for my next career. Just have not figured out what I want to be when I grow up. So, I just keep putting it off.
 
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I pretend to program computers. It's getting tiresome after 23 years, but it's a paycheck, usually.

Ideally, I'd be splitting my time among teaching (or at least increasing my training in) tai chi, writing, and maybe working on small engines, somewhere in the mountains, like here. For reasons likely related to habits established as a teen, being a couch potato and surfing TWT every hour on the hour isn't getting me to these goals very well. :-D
 
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Heavy equipment operator.

Growing old is manditory, growing up is optional.Hehehe.

I don't think I will ever grow up.
 
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Teeth said:
Heavy equipment operator.
I was watching a Bull dozer operator this morning while sitting in traffic. I have operated a small dozer, a backhoe and several farming type equipments. Sure looked like fun this morning. Like they say, the grass is always greener...
 
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I'm Regional Manager, for a shortline and switching railroad company. My territory includes the 67 mile Gulf Colorado, and San Saba Railway, Sweetwater Central Switching, and the Southern California RR. We are a small, but growing company, with a lot of oportunity to expand, as the Class I railroads spin off lower volume lines, and industrial switching operations. I'm actually pretty happy where I am right now, though, given the choice, I'd be piloting a jet, instead of a locomotive! Someday, I may get the chance, untill then, I'l just keep playing with trains, and fly cessnas for fun.

TR
Brady TX
 
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I run a small drilling, fabricating, and engineering company, but most people call me a dentist. I don't ever plan on growing up, just playing with my toys. :mrgreen:
 
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Telecommunications here. I work for a very large ISP running their DSL Engineering group. I plan on doing this until I put the kids through college. After that Kim and I are off to travel the country/world working at whatever will put gas in the RV and motorcycles.

After we get that out of our systems, I'd like to teach.

I've also got a part-time gig with the Navy Reserve.


Pete
 
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Right now, my wife makes the living.

I moved down here last May from OKC to get married. We figured it would be easier for me to find a job down here with what I do than in OKC with what she does. She works for a non-profit agency. I do have contract work out of OKC that is starting up, so a little income is better than none on my part.

I was an architectural job captain/designer. The last year I was mainly doing site development and military family housing (privatization and MILCON) proposals. We went to a site for a week and did analysis and design, I then made 3D models of the site and housing for computer animations. Before that I was a job captain and detailer on many projects (a total of 16 years experience). I would eventually like to develop a 3D rendering and animation business, but the initial hardware and software investment costs are pretty high

I have had trouble getting in the door in the Austin market. It seems everybody here wants residential help, and most of my experience is commercial/industrial. Most firms here seem to be rather small (and residential focused) the firm I worked for in OKC had over a 1,000 employees and over 200 in OKC alone. The firms here mostly seem to be looking for recent grads. The few interviews that I have had have all been looking for someone with more residential experience. I guess most commercial architecture done here is by Dallas or Houston firms.

It gets frustrating, but hopefully something will come through soon. That way I can get a bike. I made that promise to my wife, job (w/ insurance) then a bike. Then sometime later a bike of her own.

Well......that's my story.
 
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I am a foreman at a electrical generating plant. Working 12 hour shift gives me lots of weekdays off to ride. I like it because the pressure is off some of the best roads while everyone else works 9-5. Be safe all.
Rick
 
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Mechanical engineer for an architectural/engineering consulting firm. I am responsible for the design and construction for HVAC, specialized exhaust, air pollution control, and system controls for commercial, industrial and institutional projects.
 
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Engineer

Engineer for L-3 Communications in Arlington, TX. Specifically, I help develop training for maintenance crews and pilots for the B-2 bomber. However, I'm in the middle of a career change. I'm going back to school for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I want to be a trauma nurse or an OR nurse.
 
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I have a small aluminum finishing business.We anodize aluminum.Do not get excited we only do clear and black mostly for telecommuncations industry. We have done some for the patriot missle system as well as nasa.
 
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Design Engineering Manager for a small semiconductor company in Austin. Been designing chips for over 15 years now. Most days it bores me out of my mind, but it pays the bills well enough for my wife to stay home with our two little girls (3 years and 1 year old) and for me to feed my motorcycle and guitar habit. :-D
 

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IT/Control Systems manager at a pilot plant/research lab for a major oil company for a couple of decades now. Don't know if I can make it another 20 yrs. though. :headbang:
 
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Minister, but came to it late in life. Lucky that I have an understanding congregation who put up with the large "Harley-Davidson" tattoo.
 
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Re: Engineer

Kidder said:
Engineer for L-3 Communications in Arlington, TX. Specifically, I help develop training for maintenance crews and pilots for the B-2 bomber.
Hmmm, ever been in one? That sounds pretty cool!

Me, 14 years in field sales for Apple Computer. Almost all of it keeping education account execs honest. So dont' start any OS wars, as I'm probably the only one paid to fight them :-D With a wife at Dell, I'm also well practiced. It's like trying to heckle Sam Kinnison...

For giggles I also run TrackLeather, which allows me to look the wife in the eye and say "But honey, I have to go to the track day!" :chug:

Later,

Daryl
 
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Cubicle Rat :lol:

Most of the time I wait for the BOSS to comeby and deliver some cheese. :angel: When he's checking up on me I pretend to design static pressure vessels - mostly for ammonia plants overseas.

Not the job you dream of when growing up but it pays for the toys. :twisted:

Does my username make sense now? :-D

Vessmech
 

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I work with ChevronTexaco in the finance area. I've worked in Kilgore Tx, Cabinda Angola, Tengiz Kazakhstan, and San Francisco - now working here in Houston. 24 years now and still having fun.
 
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Re: Engineer

uberhawk said:
Kidder said:
Engineer for L-3 Communications in Arlington, TX. Specifically, I help develop training for maintenance crews and pilots for the B-2 bomber.
Hmmm, ever been in one? That sounds pretty cool!
Yep, quite a few times! Pretty impressive piece of hardware.
 
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Work

I don't do anything all day, get paid well, talk on the phone too much, get used to bending over when the Project Engineer or Manager comes by, come in late, and leave early. Oh yea by 900 am I'm planning for lunch. The rest of the time I'm checking out TWT web site. When I get home I'm so tired from all of the activity.

Just ask vessmech...I'm a co-worker.

Actually 30 plus years in the same business. Designing pressure vessels for chemical plants and the such. Being single, I like to walk up and down the aisles looking for any nice looking women.
 

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I'm a FLUF driver.

I'm a FLUF driver.
I fly Boeing 737's for a local airline. ;-) A nickname for the 73 is FLUF (fat little ugly f..er) so thats where I got my username.

Its an awesome job but it can actually be torture sometimes. Whenever I am flying over some awesome motorcycle roads (TX, CA, UT...etc) I find myself wishing I were out riding them instead of 35,000 feet above them. :mrgreen:
 
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Re: I'm a FLUF driver.

Whenever I am flying over some awesome motorcycle roads (TX, CA, UT...etc) I find myself wishing I were out riding them instead of 35,000 feet above them. :mrgreen:
Isn't life funny? When I'm out riding, and glance up to see a plane (any plane, doesn't matter! ) cruising over, I find myself wishing I was up there flying them, instead of cruising around on a bike! I feed my altitude dragon by doing some single engine land type VFR flying, when I have the extra money lying around to feed the hobbs meter, and was flying gliders when I lived out in CA some, but I miss doing it on a daily basis. I spent 8 years in the Air Force, as a Loadmaster on Herks (C-130's) and really miss that sometimes. Where else, can you get paid to fly around the world, and throw people, trucks, hummers, and tanks out of an airplane in flight? Though, driving trains has it's advantages too, so I can't complain! I'm flying out to CA, on America West next week, you drivin?

TR
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Re: I'm a FLUF driver.

Shortline said:
................... I'm flying out to CA, on America West next week, you drivin?

TR
Brady TX
Nope,
I fly for the hometown Houston boys. Actually right now I am "sitting reserve" so I am on call 4-6 days per week. If they ring me I have to be able to get to IAH within two hours. So that's about all the notice I get for where I'm goin'.

Enjoy your flight on "Cactus" (that's their radio call sign) I hear they've really turned things around so it should be a good experience.

Maybe we'll meet on the road sometime, I bet you've got some really good Herc stories. That's an awesome machine.

:chug:
 
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I'm the GM of a machine shop on the west side of Houston. My job seems to mainly involve doing damage control with PO'd customers. :angel: I have a couple of sideline ventures that I hope to develop into a full time gig in the not too distant future.
In the meantime, this one keeps me in tires... :lol:
 

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sphpkr said:
I'm the GM of a machine shop on the west side of Houston.
What kind of stuff do you guys fabricate? Also, what kinds of metals do you generally work with? Do you do numerically controlled milling? Castings? Lastly, what is the name of the shop?

Adios,
 
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I am a Field Technician specializing in Printers and Printing systems.
Been doing this work for the same company for 25 years now.
5 more to retirement.

Wow, 14 years later, I did retire from IBM in 2009 and have been self employed as a Handyman.
Allows me to travel..leaving for 3 weeks of riding around SE Asia in a little over a week.
 
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What kind of stuff do you guys fabricate? Also, what kinds of metals do you generally work with? Do you do numerically controlled milling? Castings? Lastly, what is the name of the shop?
We machine parts for oilfield, electronics, and medical applications. The metals used vary from aluminum to exotic stainless. The shop is called Langham Creek Machine Works. It's near Barker Cypress and Clay Road on the northwest side. We use both CNC and manual machines. It's a small shop so I get to wear a lot of different hats. In addition to GM, I also pull duty as the quality manager and coffee machine operator! :)
Kelly
 

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Sr. District Commander for Austin-Travis County EMS. 1100 square miles of terrritory, a million people (metro), 300 children (paramedics),30 ambulamces, 90,000 emergency responses a year. :shock:
 

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My Job.

Best regards Team:

I have been working in the "Computer Support" area since the mid 80's (Mexico City) Mostly "PC Desktop Support" and some years ago as a "Field Service" Engineer performing computer hardware "break-fix" duties.
Currently I'm a Technical Support Representative (Phone, E-mail, Message Board) for our "Directory Administration and Migration" solutions at a local software development company in the Galleria Area. We provide organizations with advanced tools to deploy and optimize enterprise Directories (Microsoft Active Directory). Our comprehensive software tools help IT administrators to centrally automate and control Active Directory operations, manage disparate directories and version migrations.

Not my kind of "dream" job but I'm grateful for having a job and be able to put food on the table.
 

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:tab Wow, that sounds like a Dilbertesque type job description :-P All I got out of it is that you are a computer geek :lol: But like you said, at least you have a job right now. Since the dotcom implosion is seems like a lot of the IT people have been hurting. I mean look at BRD, he had to get a job at CycleGear!! Sheesh! That's rough ;-)

Adios,
 

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Re: My Job.

ZapataZR7 said:
...Not my kind of "dream" job but I'm grateful for having a job and be able to put food on the table.
I know what you mean. :|

I've been in the printing business since I was 17 beginning as an apprentice offset press operator. Did that for about 12 years, and it was actually pretty satisfying to be able to physically touch the result of my hard work, and occasionally see the printed pieces out in public distribution and be able to say "Hey, I made that!" 8)

With all modesty, I was a very good pressman, but decided to go into the management side of things via estimating and customer service because there appeared to be more opportunity in that direction. Right now I'm the senior client rep for a regional web printing company. By "web", I'm referring to newspaper-type printing from continuous rolls of paper, which are called webs; although we kept getting so many phone calls asking if we did internet web support that we decided to create an in-house department to provide that service too. I'd like to get back into the production side of things, though. I studied mechanical engineering for a couple of years (not degreed) and have always felt that my calling was more as a craftsman than anything else.
 
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Living

I teach computers in an elementary school in The Woodlands. Originally was in Hotel Restaurant Mangement but got burned out getting burned out. I have fun taking the VFR to school with the kids saying things like, "Nice entrance, Mr. Parker!" I still work at Brennan's on the weekends which was my pre-teaching job (Maitre 'D/ Sommelier/Wine Steward) I am thinking of starting a wine importing business. We'll see how many obstacles the TABC presents.

The job I wish I had:

motorcycle nomad with a trust fund
 

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Wines

(Maitre 'D/ Sommelier/Wine Steward)
WOW....!!!! Hey Paul: That seems like a nice job.....!!!!!! Glad you can still do it in the weekends....!!!!!!!

If you do not mind I'll like to ask your opinion about the following red Wine brands: "Navarro Correas" (my very personal favorite), "Concha & Toro", "Marquez del Riscal". Good luck with the business...!!!

Sorry if I went off-topic...!!!!!!!!

Now my "dream" job:

Motorcycle Magazine test-rider...!!!!!! Like those guys who write all the articles in the British magazine BIKE...!!!!
 
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I currently work for the federal government with HUD as a program analyst assigned to abolish all program analysts in the federal government. Probably won’t complete that task until I retire.

Some of my previous jobs include

Subcontracted for a building contractor that specialized in reinforcing runways for plus size models

Once worked for a Chicago piano string manufacture who’s specialty was supplying Mafia hit men

Briefly worked for a paint manufacture that specialized in candy flavored lead base paint for day care centers

Became an unemployed pooper scooper that specialized in constipated Great Danes when Purnia removed radioactive clay from their large dog food products.

Started a company call AA Triple A for alcoholics that forget where they put their keys after the bar closed

Once was a leader of a barber shop quartet for hair lipped epileptic men

Worked for a short time as a roadie for an unpopular air guitar woman’s band

Once worked for a fitness instructor for alcoholics that wrote a book titled “Win with Gin”
 
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So it's safe to say that, except for your current job, none of your work has been politically correct? :-D
 
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With all the honesty I detect on this board I'm compelled to update my job description.

What type of "heavy equipment operator" do you think applies to something that is approximately 174,000lbs. when operated?

Looks like I have way too much time on my hands to think of such things(no kids,never changed a diaper,have wife and a dog). :mrgreen:
 

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What type of "heavy equipment operator" do you think applies to something that is approximately 174,000lbs. when operated?
You work in a strip mining operation driving those huge really cool dump trucks we see on the Discovery channel all the time?

Adios,
 
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Tourmeister said:
What type of "heavy equipment operator" do you think applies to something that is approximately 174,000lbs. when operated?
You work in a strip mining operation driving those huge really cool dump trucks we see on the Discovery channel all the time?

Adios,
I say he is a drag line operator.
 
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well...I'm a Sr.proj. design engineer. I do mechanical design for downhole tools in the oil industry. I've been doing this for 28 years , except for 8 years that I worked for General Dynamics doing avionics system design on the F-16 fighter. That was in the lean years for the oil field ('83-'91).
Right now I am putting two kids thru college so my budget for two wheeled toys is pretty low.....all my bikes are vintage and will take a couple of more months to be roadworthy. Hopefully after my kids are on their own , I will be able to afford a new touring bike so I can go anywhere with peace of mind (hard to do on vintage bikes). Then, I want to move up in the mountains somewhere, build a lodge/bedn'breakfast, and support my toy habit with some mechanical design/animation computer activities.

Buzz
 

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Hey Buzz,

Do you do any FEA stress stuff? I need an inexpensive program to do some stress analysis on the stuff we design. Most of the commercial software I have found runs a minimum of 5 grand a copy!! I just want to verify that the back of the envelope calcs we already perform are even in the ballpark.

Adios,
 
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My job seeems kinda dull in comparison, but I am an Engineer with the Navy. Fun job, I have been running steam plants for about 16 years, and I am working with diesels now.
 
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