Done a little bit of everything. Worked as a carpenter for my fathers construction company in my youth and through college. After college I was a network engineer and worked for companies such as Butler and Volvo. I planned on making IT my career but I quickly got tired of being on call 24-7. In IT there's always a fire to put out and it's usually at 9pm on a Saturday night. So I needed to figure out something else to do which brought me to my current career - Mechanical Designer/CNC Programmer.
My company makes medical devices. Mainly, custom sterilization caddies for the Medical industry. I use a multitude of programs - Autocad, SolidWorks, Mastercam, AP100, TruTops, Striker, etc. to design products according to customer specifications and create programs for dozens of metalworking machines. Industrial lasers, cutting, punching, welding, lathing, robotic welders, waterjet, etc. machines.
Here's some pics of the shop and the software I use.
A picture of a current assembly I'm working on. The purple colored items are the customers' tools that they need us to design a custom caddy for. These caddies are present in the emergency room. The holes you see in the caddy are ventilation holes. Once the tools are placed inside, they can be locked and submerged in a sterilization bath. This specific caddy is one of a series for a company that designs tooling solutions for the surgery/repair/resetting of large bone fractures. I'm linking to the picture because it's very large size.
This is a screenshot of the programming interface for the new Trumpf 6000L laser/punch combo machine we bought. It really is an amazing piece of machinery.
A screenshot of AP100 which aside from SolidWorks is the program I spend the most time in. I program our Amada EM2510, Vipros King 358, and Pegasus punching machines as well as our Mitsubishi and Amada Pulsar industrial lasers in this program.
Here's a pic of our Amada EM punch machine. It does the bulk of our work. Not the fastest machine on the planet but a workhorse.
I love my job. It's very challenging, great working with these incredible machines, and my work hours are 7:00am - 3:30pm which greatly adds to my quality of life. I get home at 4 and have time to exercise and cook (an interest of mine) before the lady gets home. When I was in IT, Volvo could have gone out and gotten a new network engineer anytime they wanted but a Mechanical Designer who also has mastery of a wide range of CNC Programming applications and machines as I do, is not exactly easy to find. Ultimately, everyone is expendable but I'm happy to say that job security is no longer a worry of mine.
So c'mon! Get some pics up! Let's see what everyone does for a living.
That is some insane stuff some of you guys do, seriously.
Me, nothing really as impressive but I am a Creative Coordinator for Marvel Entertainment/Comics. I work on the licensing side of things so I don't really have anything the do with the publishing side of things. Still fun though.
I assemble airplanes, very large airplanes.
Few people know of the intricacies of aircraft. For instance, did you know that every hole drilled while assembling is inspected. Each hole has either a .003" or less tolerance.
The amount of backup stuff for failure scenarios is unbelievable. For instance, on one beam I mount there are a couple of smaller beams attached. These are for the scenario that if one of the landing gear is sheared off, say by hitting a truck on the runway, the little beams will hold the flaps (also attached to the same area) together so the plan can still fly back to an emergency landing.
I am an accountant with a small CPA firm. We are in a small town with a lot of retirees so we specialize in trusts for them and bookkeeping/payroll/taxes for the doctors that treat them. I am on a mission to do for accounting what Indiana Jones did for archeology.
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