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I am an electronics technician. For the last 30 years I have worked for a family owned authorized Motorola dealer. We are both sales and service. Our main source of revenue is installing and maintaining 911 systems in our area. When I first started the equipment still had tubes. Now almost everything is digital and is PC based. 

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On 8/4/2018 at 5:21 AM, ..Kev said:

I like the prompt coop.

After my first career in the Marine Corps ended, I moved into finance and settled as a Financial Advisor and Options Trader  managing investments for large high net worth families and small institutions.  Being in LA, the hours are great because I'm at my desk at 5, no traffic and usually out of the office by 2:30 giving me time to pick the kids up for school a few days a week. 

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On 8/4/2018 at 11:28 PM, K Cooper said:

I’m surprised to see that so far, there are no legal ( attorneys, judges etc. ) or medical folks on here that seek woodworking as a stress relief. Thanks to everyone for responding. I expect to hear from many more of you. 

Being new as a poster on this forum, I did mention in a journal that I was a dentist. I grew up on the family dairy farm and part of me really wanted to farm, but I took the "easy" route and became a dentist. I still love working outside, building things, working with my hands, and gardening, all from my past as growing up on a farm.

I run a one man operation as a dentist and get to make my schedule. Of course dealing with patients, staff, and running a business keeps me on my toes when I'm in the office. Out of the office my time in the shop is very stress relieving. 

Along with running a dental practice I coach High School baseball. This is another passion of mine and playing college baseball opened many doors for me. Helping at the high school level is very rewarding and you can have an impact on young men.

My profession may make some of you squirm, but it has allowed me my independence and freedom to pursue my other hobbies.

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I play a Manufacturing Engineer(no degree) for a tech company in Redmond Washington. Company has been around for 6 years, and I just had my 5 year anniversary. Prior to this I spent 8 years in the Navy as an electronics technician. After that had a few jobs as field technician/engineer and then landed at the company I am with now as a lab technician. Luckily I have been given ample resources and and enough rope to climb the ladder within the company. Spent 2.5 years as a tech and have advanced to where I am today.  We design and manufacture flat panel satellite antennas/terminals. I wear a lot of different hats: tooling design, part design, quality assurance, factory support, process development, vendor qualification and yada yada yada. 

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I am the network and systems administrator for a local building center/home center.  We have two locations, Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID, and I take care of all the computer and network hardware in both locations.  It's great to get a discount on materials and tools, but it encourages me to spend more than I should...

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1 hour ago, wtnhighlander said:

Gee-dub, don't put much stock in those double masters. I am contstantly amazed that some of the highly-educated youngsters we've hired in recent years managed to find their way through the front gate. Obviously, logic and reasoning are not part of their cirriculum. And obtaining 2 master degrees by age 24 leaves no time learn anything practical about life, at all.

Kids shouldn't be in such a hurry to use up their student loans....

I can't count how many times I've had my friends with higher degrees call me and ask me how to do something. I always have the same rude response. For example my friend asked me how to do a small landscaping block wall and was worried about doing it himself. I asked him if landscapers need to get a 4 year degree in shoveling and a masters degree in stacking blocks. He tackled the wall and it looks fantastic.

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9 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

Gee-dub, don't put much stock in those double masters. I am contstantly amazed that some of the highly-educated youngsters we've hired in recent years managed to find their way through the front gate. Obviously, logic and reasoning are not part of their cirriculum. And obtaining 2 master degrees by age 24 leaves no time learn anything practical about life, at all.

Kids shouldn't be in such a hurry to use up their student loans....

I try not to be one of those guys that tells tales of the "old days" to those I mentor or manage.  However, it is more true every day that I work with some of the dumbest smart people around and it is hard to resist.  I am surprised at how far someone can come in their career knowing so little about how this stuff actually works. 

When I started out, 1200 bps (yes, a whole 1200 bits every second) was pretty fast.  We now run bundled 100 Gbps links between sites and move terabytes of payload as a matter of course.  My career has been an endless stream of amazing developments.  I've enjoyed going to work for over 35 years and I consider that a gift. :) 

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8 hours ago, Chestnut said:

I can't count how many times I've had my friends with higher degrees call me and ask me how to do something. I always have the same rude response. For example my friend asked me how to do a small landscaping block wall and was worried about doing it himself. I asked him if landscapers need to get a 4 year degree in shoveling and a masters degree in stacking blocks. He tackled the wall and it looks fantastic.

No doubt. I don't discount the intelligence of these people I've had to work with, but the lack of practical knowledge is apalling. 

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Most of my life I've worked in restaurants and I've been in landscaping/irrigation. For the last twenty years I was a "caretaker" which consisted of handyman and go-fer type work. I was laid off from that gig about eight months ago.

 

For the last six months I've been an apprentice machinist. I'm learning to rebuild torque converters for automatic transmissions.

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Retired from reliability engineering, quality engineering and management (degrees are all in statistics/quantitative methods.)  Mostly in high tech, but finished my career at an electric utility.  Was never afraid to ask questions of, or collaborate with a non-degreed expert!  (An awful lot of all or our education was OTJ.)

 

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17 hours ago, JohnDi said:

Store manager for a large supermarket chain. Started as a meatcutter for 30 years and couldn't take the cold anymore.

My dad worked for Swift and Company.  I spent 8 weeks one summer as an apprentice meat cutter (they let me go when it was time to go union.)  All I ever cut was chickens (and I ground meat.)  But I could cut a chicken with any knife in the shop by the time they let me go (a favorite harassment was to tell me "oh, I need that knife - here,  you can use this one.)

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2 minutes ago, Chet said:

I think that some of this is the fault of all the testing that students have to do to prove the worth of the teacher so consequently the teachers were forced to teach to the test and this removed all the critical thinking form the class room.

Research shows, those teachers screwed up. Teaching less to mastery enhances critical thinking and is improving testing scores across subject areas. This is how Singapore kicks our butts with 1/10 the curriculum.  Look for trending here to change. 

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