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Old 08-15-2019, 07:52 PM   #41
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:56 PM   #42
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Small company owner. carry a masters license. Have 13 employees. There are days I enjoy and days I wonder what the heck did I do to myself. Love my trade tho!! But honestly my best days are out in my boat and camper, fishing and enjoying the peace!
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:56 PM   #43
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I’m an auto tech. Spent my first 4’years in the industry working on euro crap hating life, not making money.

Since then been at a Honda dealer for nearly 10 years, ase and Honda master tech, plus a handful of other certs.

Now I’m making some money lol. I get Friday-Tuesday off every 3 weeks. In addition to 3 weeks vacation. Don’t get a much better camping schedule.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:56 PM   #44
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New member here my 1st post. I'm in Minnesota picking up my 2017 roo 19 on Saturday.

I'm a dental lab tech since 1976 is that a trade?
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:32 PM   #45
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:32 PM   #46
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I was raised in a family of tradesmen. Dad was a carpenter, granddad and uncles were plasterers, plumbers, electricians and auto technicians. (Back then they were "mechanics".)

I never depended on that for a living but benefited very much from the education. Only because of it was I able to renovate my old house and garage apartment down to studs and sub-floor, including plumbing and electrical. (Everything was permitted and inspected with the involvement of friends with licenses.)

The first half of my career was as a hospital RN. I've seen that described as a trade by some. I got paid hourly, pushed around lots of heavy equipment, and definitely needed a shower when I got home. The second half was in hospital IT, at which point the most exercise I got at work was the walk from my desk to the cafeteria.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:53 PM   #47
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I am/was a Lead Electrical Distribution Power Engineer, retired after 39 years in the Power field both Pulp & Paper as well as Electric Utility. Also, I am/was a licensed master electrician also retired. Additionally, I was an electronics instructor and technician in computer systems, power controls and telecommunications (Radar, radio telephone, and opto-electronics.) I don't do much in the fields of my expertise any longer unless you want to call giving the youngsters some advice and fixing my own stuff. .... Swampy
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:54 PM   #48
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U.S.A.F. right after high school, medical field, everything from the emergency room to clinical lab. Assigned to Brooks AFB right at the time of the manned orbital lab. Worked medical research for the nest 18 years. Retired and worked finish carpenter until interest went sky-high. Then went to work with U.S.Army in a lab testing for abused drugs. All trades, just not so much grease or sawdust, but all is needed. The Lord has given me a Great Life and I am still serving Him!


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Old 08-15-2019, 09:29 PM   #49
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Where to begin. Maintenance Tech for the most part. Job description includes;
Mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic,electrical, electronic tech, PLC programming, rigging, equipment install, machining, pipe fitting, fabricating, OJT trainer. Just a few.
I've been doing one or several since 1977.


If I had put down my job description it would of matched yours almost word for word except I started in 1972 in a service station as a grease monkey.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:41 PM   #50
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:43 PM   #51
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:53 PM   #52
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I've been an ASE mast6tech since 1990. I have been teaching high school auto shop for the CT technical High school system. The best job in the world. I love it I get to teach young men and women how to fix cars and trucks
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:14 PM   #53
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Started as a Cabinet Maker/Finishing Carpenter. Went into Masonry, and Historical Restoration. Then Site Superintendent/Project Manager. Now at 70 yrs old just do small reno's and service work, just to keep from getting bored.
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:19 PM   #54
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Master electrician and now I’m a substation tech for a local power company here in the area
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Old 08-15-2019, 11:52 PM   #55
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Have been an Electrician/Electronic Technician for over 30 years. Worked on Traffic Signals/Street Lighting/Advanced Traffic Management Equipment. After working on highways that long I am ready to retire and start a new chapter in life in less than 5 months. Looking forward to putting more miles on my trailer!

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Old 08-16-2019, 05:44 AM   #56
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:21 AM   #57
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Retired from A/C 2 years ago after 12 years. 25 years heavy equipment mechanic before that.Took a part time job 1 year ago seems like full time lately,at rv repair shop ,have learned alot .
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:28 AM   #58
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:50 AM   #59
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Old 08-16-2019, 08:05 AM   #60
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Wife and I flipped 24 houses until the real estate collapse in 2008 and now because of TV
Shows everyone is doing it.
House flipping has always been something that looked interesting to me but I've never had the money, knowledge or skills to do it. Nor have I ever really had the time to gain any of those things.

I'm sure all the people on TV making it look super easy is part of it. I could just never take the chance on not making money or even losing money since I started my family at 18. Had to go the "safe" route with school and a job in IT.
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