What do you do for a living?

Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: BillMarti On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:23 pm

I been doing Industrial Maintenance for 30+ years which includes welding,electrical,machining,plumbing,fabrication and air conditioning.
A jack of all trades master of none then there is always a need for a muti-talented maintenance person rather than a specialized one in the smaller businesses. The good side is 10 years to retirement and then I'll probably die of boredom but then again don't get your hopes up.

Bill S.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: brckwlt On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:42 pm

For the last 3 years i have been doing commercial cabinetry, counter tops and mill work. I love what i do and work for a great boss. I do something different most days and dont have to put up with the manotany of a factory work or a production line. what more could you ask for? Well i do still hate waking up at 5am every morning to go into work by 6. Before that i worked for a company for 3 years who made cabinets and countertops fr RV's. They had to shut down or i would still be with them. I am also interested in plumbing and electrical work although i do not know much about either. Just the basics.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: BillMarti On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:49 pm

brckwit,

Neither is difficult look around for a technical school usually connected to a public school they usually offer night classes.
I've taken several classes over the years because I had no paper work to back up my skill claims. Most jobs I had over the years would pay for the classes as long as I received an A or B in the course. In a couple of the classes the instructor found out I was there only for the certificate and i knew the subject matter and he made me assist oh well can't win them all but then again I was there just for the certificate anyway. You can always learn something no matter what your doing. I hope this helps you can never have to many skills.

Bill S.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: brckwlt On: Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:03 pm

BillMarti wrote:brckwit,

Neither is difficult look around for a technical school usually connected to a public school they usually offer night classes.
I've taken several classes over the years because I had no paper work to back up my skill claims. Most jobs I had over the years would pay for the classes as long as I received an A or B in the course. In a couple of the classes the instructor found out I was there only for the certificate and i knew the subject matter and he made me assist oh well can't win them all but then again I was there just for the certificate anyway. You can always learn something no matter what your doing. I hope this helps you can never have to many skills.

Bill S.


the job i have wouldn't pay for the classes. I have considered taking classes in the evening but i always make excuses why i shouldn't. I should of went to tech while i was still in high school to learn plumbing or elec, but i didn't have my head on straight then. Wish i wasn't so stupid in high school. Do you know what classes cost for plumbing and electric?
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Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: NJTomatoguy On: Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:22 pm

I am 2 weeks into a new job. I do customer support for a plumbing manufacturer. The people that go to HD/LOWES,
buy stuff, can't figure it out, call 1800#, they get me.
Still active in the mortgage business,licensed in 50 states, rough times right now..
Previous to the mortgage business, did 2 yrs at Lowes as plumbing specialist/dept mgr.
Previous to that, service plumber. Still do some referral and previous customer work.

A guy in the first couple pages said it best. Good at getting hired, good at getting fired. Same here,
except I have never been fired from a job. I get bored and move on.
Previous to the plumbing, I did truck loader/driver jobs, worked in a grocery store, and worked in a boat yard on the delaware river
in NJ and as a mate on headboats on the jersey shore.
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Re: What do you do for a living?

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:44 pm

I spent 15 years in Silicon Valley. Through good luck and good timing I retired at 35 (in 2001). Spent the next 5 years raising my kids and doing a lot of solo ocean racing (I did the singlehanded transpacific race in 2002 and 2004). In 2004 we moved to Maine from the bay area (raising kids is easier here).

In 2006 I noticed they sold a billion cell phones in the trailing 12 months and thought that looked like an interesting market (i.e. got bitten by the start up bug again...). So I started a company that does mobile phone media software here in Maine. We raised a venture capital round in 2007. Not sure where it's going to end up, but I am having fun doing it, and things are looking promising (despite the messed up economy).
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