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Retired now but was a Mechanical Engineer by education, heavy construction equipment diesel mechanic for 30 years and a certified fluid power hydraulic specialist for the last 6 years.
 

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US Navy 7 years active duty, 23 years reserves. 35 years working for an electric utility designing control systems for power plants and substations. Retired 8 years ago. Now it's play time!

It's about 3/4 mile from my house to the edge of the Bitterroot National Forest. It has 2,246 miles of forest roads and trails open to motorized use. I better get busy.:p
 

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I'm a journeyman electrician, I work on houses and businesses that I could have probably afforded had I stayed in school and gotten a real job lol
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Retired Sheriff's Captain, Detective, & CRT, 24 years. Thought I would miss it, but I don't, especially these days. Got to help alot of people, and put some bad ones away.

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Nice, I deep down want to work for the sheriffs office, might need to make a career change! I also see you are from Idaho! I'm currently in the treasure valley but grew up in twin falls area.
 

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I have been in commercial and residential sales of building materials for 28 years. Been with a locally owned retailer now for 14yrs. The RMax is my first sxs, but have owned several Yamaha ATV’s and boat motors. Love the new purchase and all the attention it gets from the Polaris crowd.
 

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Retired now, I spent 29 years in the southern Indiana coal mines. I've operated or worked on nearly every piece of equipment there including 9 years on a 28 cu yard dragline. When the mines petered out I worked construction operating heavy equipment. I've ran every Caterpillar dozer from a D3 to a D11. You could say I'm an old Cat skinner!
 

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This is the second time someone started a thread on this topic and I'll say it again. It's amazing how many of you have amazingly interesting careers. Me, i spend my days getting yelled at by people. LOL. JK. I've been in retail for 24 years and retail management for the better part of the last 20 of it. Currently I have been a manager at Home Depot for the last 13 years. I got a degree in drafting and design before I left California and moved to a small town in Utah where I fell in love with small town mountain living. I commute over 40 miles everyday to get to my job but they take good care of me there. Due to the whole coronavirus situation though who would of thought retail management would become a hazardous career being considered an essential worker. But I always tell people one of these days I will step down and be the part time door greeter when its time for retirement. hahaha
I started with Home Depot as a lumber associate promoted to dept. manager of bm & lumber then Hardware and when I left I was Asst. Store Manager.
I stated being a system engineer but didn't elaborate much in earlier reply, that said out of high school I did retail & food service work (Hardware store & Micky D's) before joining the Army NG (MOS 31B) then went to work at an automotive glass plant(Guardian Ind.) for almost 10 years, from there went back to work in retail ( Home Depot ) met a wonderful woman I now call my wife was burned out after 10 years in retail so I decided to go back to college got my degree and now coming up on my 11th year with a computer IT infrastructure company, I travel the Country dealing with the Government as well as the broadcasting industry, I now love what I do and it gives me weekends off but still cherish my days at Home Depot, heck I still shop there and will pass a Lowes right up!
 

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So you’re the guy I cuss at for the design of this or that? My background is heavy diesel mechanics as well as performance diesel pickups.


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Skeans1, a few year back I did some work at a natural gas storage facility in Mist OR, talk about an awesome area with awesome out of this world views !
 

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Auto Mechanic full time for 10 years, then on-the-side for about 15 years after that (does anyone ever STOP being a mechanic?)....Switched over to Computer Programming as they were sending us to computer school to learn about the on-board computer systems in the cars in the 80's...liked the computer part better than the mechanic part so I switched over (yup, back to college, started over, etc.) and became a Software Developer/Analyst for a big health insurance company. That was a lot easier on my back and was able to catch up with my 401k that had been lacking while a mechanic and was able to retire 2 years ago.
I still feel like I haven't "retired" yet...as I've been trying to catch up on all the house projects and renovation projects that I neglected for years! Guilty as charged of "too much playing".
 

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Auto Mechanic full time for 10 years, then on-the-side for about 15 years after that (does anyone ever STOP being a mechanic?)....Switched over to Computer Programming as they were sending us to computer school to learn about the on-board computer systems in the cars in the 80's...liked the computer part better than the mechanic part so I switched over (yup, back to college, started over, etc.) and became a Software Developer/Analyst for a big health insurance company. That was a lot easier on my back and was able to catch up with my 401k that had been lacking while a mechanic and was able to retire 2 years ago.
I still feel like I haven't "retired" yet...as I've been trying to catch up on all the house projects and renovation projects that I neglected for years! Guilty as charged of "too much playing".
Yep, when you retire you think you're going to have all kinds of time for everything, but it seems like you still have no time for stuff and don't know how you ever had time to work, LOL.
 

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Skeans1, a few year back I did some work at a natural gas storage facility in Mist OR, talk about an awesome area with awesome out of this world views !
I’ve worked out that way a ton off the Columbia Mainline, HWY 47 and 202 are beautiful areas. If you ever make it back out here there’s lots of great riding as well.


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US Navy 7 years active duty, 23 years reserves. 35 years working for an electric utility designing control systems for power plants and substations. Retired 8 years ago. Now it's play time!

It's about 3/4 mile from my house to the edge of the Bitterroot National Forest. It has 2,246 miles of forest roads and trails open to motorized use. I better get busy.:p
Update..... I am Un-Retiring!
For the last couple years my neighbor has been asking me to be his "Ranch Manager." I may be crazy but this weekend I caved in and accepted. He's a part time resident so mostly I will take care of things when he's gone and help him with all the projects he has planned. The first one should be fun. His new 60' x 100' shop is about halfway built and he wants me to list all the new tools & equipment needed to outfit it.
The term "Ranch" is a little misleading. There are no animals except for the elk, deer, and other natural critters. His place is 210 acres of forest and meadows. About 50 acres of the meadows is flood irrigated from a creek diversion in the National Forest. My irrigation comes from there too. We can get two cuttings of grass hay if the snow pack is good.
Now I just need to remember more of the things my Dad taught me while growing up on the farm in Idaho. I love doing this kind of stuff. :p
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I started with Home Depot as a lumber associate promoted to dept. manager of bm & lumber then Hardware and when I left I was Asst. Store Manager.
I stated being a system engineer but didn't elaborate much in earlier reply, that said out of high school I did retail & food service work (Hardware store & Micky D's) before joining the Army NG (MOS 31B) then went to work at an automotive glass plant(Guardian Ind.) for almost 10 years, from there went back to work in retail ( Home Depot ) met a wonderful woman I now call my wife was burned out after 10 years in retail so I decided to go back to college got my degree and now coming up on my 11th year with a computer IT infrastructure company, I travel the Country dealing with the Government as well as the broadcasting industry, I now love what I do and it gives me weekends off but still cherish my days at Home Depot, heck I still shop there and will pass a Lowes right up!
Thats a lot of history and experience. Good stuff. You definitely did your share of bleeding orange. LOL. I understand the desire to move on though but I'm probably a lifer. It definitely can be stressful at times. Thankfully my store is the lowest volume store in our region and we try hard to keep the small town vibe in it. Thats what keeps me there. I've had a 24 year retail career so far thats been pretty good to me. That still don't mean that I don't pray for some new opportunity to arise sometime in the area I love to live in out here that would be lucrative and enjoyable. Maybe one day....
 
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Update..... I am Un-Retiring!
For the last couple years my neighbor has been asking me to be his "Ranch Manager." I may be crazy but this weekend I caved in and accepted. He's a part time resident so mostly I will take care of things when he's gone and help him with all the projects he has planned. The first one should be fun. His new 60' x 100' shop is about halfway built and he wants me to list all the new tools & equipment needed to outfit it.
The term "Ranch" is a little misleading. There are no animals except for the elk, deer, and other natural critters. His place is 210 acres of forest and meadows. About 50 acres of the meadows is flood irrigated from a creek diversion in the National Forest. My irrigation comes from there too. We can get two cuttings of grass hay if the snow pack is good.
Now I just need to remember more of the things my Dad taught me while growing up on the farm in Idaho. I love doing this kind of stuff. :p
Can I throw in a good tool since he has some timber from the sounds of it? A chainsaw mill.


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Can I throw in a good tool since he has some timber from the sounds of it? A chainsaw mill.


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Good idea. One of those would be handy. He did have a logger thin out a lot of the timber for fire safety reasons last winter. Burning the slash piles will be one of my jobs. His land borders the Bitterroot National Forest and that area is thick with a lot of dead fall. We also cut a lot of dead stand for firewood on his land and in the NF.
 

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I did a robot welder in PA a while back. I think that was hardfacing??? It was an automated machine that welded beads back to back all across the top of a sheet of steel to use in mines or quarries. I was told the regular steel plates would not hold up like the welds did. Thought this might be what you meant, but not sure. If not - tell me.

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Hardfacing has various applications sounds like you were cladding Wear plates for abrasion. I worked at a place called PJ Valves that did work for the NAVY. We would apply Stellite #6 which is a Cobalt Based material (Rockwell of 38-42C) into a machined groove on Valves or Discs. Both parts were then finish machined and were Dye Penetrant tested to check for Porosity. We did most of it using a Mechanized (PTA) Plasma Transferred Arc machine which worked well. We also had procedures for both Oxy-Acetylene and TIG Processes. We did a lot of Carbon Steel Globe Valves, Chrome Moly Components and some Stainless Steel Gate Valves.
 
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