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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rustypipes, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. LBCD
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 955


    Been working since 89 in the sheet metal trade....local 105 los Angeles. Since 81 I have played drums in local bands... 88 became pro and signed a record deal and have toured half the globe....doing both some how for 25 years+ ....currently employed by LASD as a metal shop Union fabricator going on 17 years....time is flyin!

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  2. luckythirteenagogo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2012
    Posts: 1,240

    from Apex, NC

    I'll spare you all of the technical names and titles and just say I've been a software engineer for almost 20 years. Out of everything I've done, that pays the most so I stuck with it. I still try to get dirty as much as I can when I'm not there though. I don't know, I just don't feel like I've actually done anything unless I get dirty doing it.
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  3. 10 years in logistics for The Driveshafts Shop. We build driveshafts and cv axles for just about any application and any type of racing.
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  4. grimmfalcon138
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
    Posts: 150

    from az

    I worked in a body shop growing up. Was a production welder for several years. Now I do refrigeration, the least enjoyable but the best paying.
  5. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,456

    anthony myrick
    from al

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    this would be less stressful
    actually, Im a teacher
  6. 35WINDOW
    Joined: Jul 7, 2005
    Posts: 454


    I am the General Manager of a John Deere dealership-
  7. Katuna
    Joined: Feb 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,809

    from Clovis,Ca.

    Hmm, glad this thread came back up. I realized I need to up date my profile. Was a Chiller mechanic for one of the manufactures. Now I'm a plant engineer for one of my previous customers.
  8. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
    Posts: 1,142


    I work at busch stadium for the st. Louis cardinals and im starting school in the fall to major in computer science.

    What'cha got in there, kid?
  9. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,124

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Just began pulling in my retirement from many jobs over the 45 yrs.
    Mostly industrial. List includes certified pressure vessel welder, robotic programming, and metrology and quality control.
    Now my retirement job, which I love, is a maintenance manager for this interesting place.
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  10. thunderplex
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,180


    Lifetime DoD technical writer/logistics engineer.

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  11. 52lomofo
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 632

    from edmonton

    Worked in health care for 28 years on PEI then move out west working as laborer at nitrogen plant
  12. dan r brooks
    Joined: Sep 15, 2007
    Posts: 29

    dan r brooks

    I work in a speed shop ( Performance Unlimited ) in London ont.
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  13. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,588

    from Denmark

    I trained to be a car mechanic, but I'm a timed watch in a digital age.
    But I got the mechanical-"wizardry" down to an art, and I knew more old-school stuff then computer stuff.
    So I took a job as a fitter, and re-trained to that, became a certified welder. Did that for some time, had a second job as a substitute mediablaster at the factory where I was a welder. Bought a small house.
    When my wife got pregnant the factory closed, I took a job at a tire shop.
    The went to a drive a tow truck.
    Couldn't make any money doing that, worked crazy hours and struggled to put food on the table for wife and daughter.
    Quit it, went back to being a welder again. Took a job at a truck paint shop, as mediablaster, taking truck apart and repairing old junk before paint.
    Got stress and got released of my contract. Took a job as welder of items for pipeline items and large ball valves. Got retrained to weld with robots.
    Wife got pregnant again and factory closed down, again. Shit

    Got a job as a CWI, and got a load of respect from from the workers, and a shit load of respect from people above and my colleagues really went out of there where to take a dump on my workload and push more work on to me and my workstation. Quit two months and took a job as a fitter/welder/operator of a welding robot. At a firm where we do a multitude of different items, but 90% of all tools and
    Machinery are adaptable for my hot rod work and and we can use the shop free of charge after hours

    So one could say I'm training to be a Hot Rodder
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  14. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,582


    Started out in body shops, moved to government and law enforcement and then into investigations but kept my finger on the pulse with a few car projects that have since been moved on. Have a driver and another project but decided to move on career wise and into workplace injury and litigation where I am today. Ironically I recently damaged my shoulder at work and then had to undergo a reconstruction that sidelined my car ambitions to a large degree. Planning to retire in a few years, downsize the house and hopefully continue to play with cars to a lesser degree.
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  15. I work in the art department on films and tv commercials fabricating props and scenery, working on the sets during the shoot. Since that's sporadic work, I also have my own commercial woodshop where I build furniture and cabinets for the fine gentry of Boston. [​IMG][​IMG]
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  16. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,484


    Been retarded for six years, before that, equipment operator most of my life, the last twenty years at the city of Vancouver here in beautiful british Columbia. Moved six years ago to bumfuck country life here in the woods, best thing I ever did. Life is good.
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  17. jhexide
    Joined: Feb 23, 2012
    Posts: 273


    im a transportation engineer,(aka) Truckdriver for 40 + years, im kinda semi-retired,i haul equiptment for rock and roll bands on tour
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  18. donno
    Joined: Feb 28, 2015
    Posts: 352


    I'm retired now after over 53 years as an aircraft mechanic, Military and Civilian A&P.
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    Helping make dreams come true

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  20. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,839

    Dave Mc

    Bikini trimmer for College Cheerleading Squad
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016
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  21. Roof top TV antenna and pay phone booth installer. When I have the time I sell Polaroid cameras and pagers on the side.
  22. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


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  23. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,631


    12 years in the header business (EEE, Cyclone, Hedman). 29 years as a spacecraft mechanical assembly and test engineer at TRW/Northrop while running my neighborhood header & chassis shop (Beach City Performance) at night from '93 to '07. Retired from everything in '09 and moved outa L.A. to NorCal cattle country.
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  24. I was in IT for 30 years, then worked at William and Mary doing fiscal work for the Anthropology Dept for almost 8 years, now retired and playing with cars full time for almost 3 years. I am living the dream my wife says and I guess I am. No complaints at all ....
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  25. Trained as an auto mechanic then worked in a Dodge dealership for awhile. Spent 33 years as a millwright/maintenance planner/supervisor at an aluminum plant. The last 13 years have been working as a aircraft mechanic on warbirds... maybe I'll get to retire... someday.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2017
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  26. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,927

    from Nicasio Ca

    I tried being a tattoo artist, that came to an abrupt end.

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  27. Ray C's son
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 410

    Ray C's son

    Drywalled houses in the late 70's early 80's from age 18 to 24, the last 4 years on my own. Used to carry thousands of dollars around with me in case ran into anything cool to buy. Then became a plastic injection mold maker which lead to foreman then general foreman then plant manager. Downsized out of that gig, I went on to do niche machine work and building machines. That company crashed and burnt after 9-11 so I went on to design production machining/assembly processes and traveling the world getting the processes started for the company I still work for. The company was sold by the entrepreneur who started it to a corporation and is now in chapter 11. I've discovered I'm far too blunt for the corporate world and don't do well in it. Too young and broke to retire, so I guess I'll just have to see what happens. Wish I had that pocketful of cash today. All in all I think I've been pretty lucky because I really enjoyed everything I've done in my working life and have learned and mastered lots of skills.

  28. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,339

    from California

    I work at the zoo circumcising the elephants. the pay is not good but the tips are big.
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  29. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 16,179


    I changed jobs. I am now the supervising engineer in a rapid prototyping laboratory for the worlds largest manufacturer of computer networking hardware, for now. I am an engineer wrangler. It is my job to keep them on the ranch.

    I am trying to do a lateral into the company's "Car of Tomorrow" division.
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  30. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,036

    from Ks

    I'm the janitor at the local 775 chapter of the knights of the mystic sea lodge. Lippy
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