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Old 07-12-2012, 05:20 PM
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My 34 year career in Quality Control ended in 2009 with a lay off. With a great background and loads of experience I figured it would be easy to get another job...NOT! The recession was a bear for the over 50 gang. With countless interviews all saying I had a tremendous background in the Aerospace to Microwave to Semi Conductor industries and have had a hand from military applications to the Space Shuttle there were no takers. They all want that right out of school grad at minimal pay. In the meantime I worked as a Dock Monitor to record the fish landings along the north shore of Boston. A great job that was 24/7 bouncing from dock to dock from boat to boat. Then last September NOAA pulled the plug on that program. I actually worked for a Canadian company which wanted me to be the NE coordinator for the At Sea monitoring program. NOAA again shot that down just before I was to start that job May 1st. It was back to countless interviews with the same result. Then something happened, A local weld/machine shop needed welders for their expanding business. I recommended my nephew who was going to school to be a welder. He got the job and started the same week he graduated! I knew the owner and for the heck of it asked if he needed any inspection help. To my surprise he asked me to come in a take a tour. Yesterday we talked and I told him what I required as far as pay is concerned and he said that's doable and will work out a package for pay and hours. I was just about resigned from working QC again mainly due to the stress. But this shop works commercial jobs (including marine gangways). No layers of government red tape with all the specifications and procedures that works on your blood pressure! Finally!!! And a 7-10 minute commute!

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Old 07-12-2012, 05:23 PM
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Congrat's on your new old position.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:33 PM
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Buy a lottery ticket now!
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:35 PM
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3 years///// you are a master of patience! Congrats on getting your just desserts!
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:41 PM
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Congrats and kudos for doing different things in the meantime.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:02 PM
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One of the excuses my old QC job for laying me off was that they thought I could make as a photographer.....Ya right!
In the meantime my computer crashed last week and my unemployment benefits ran out the same day the computer crashed! I just got the computer back and no sound drivers installed. The tech will work on that later. Oh... and I found out my dog has cancer last week too! I figured things would look up soon, couldn't get much worse and slowly things are starting to brighten. Did someone say bad things work in threes?
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:27 AM
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:42 AM
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I own a Culligan water business in NW Florida for last 38 year it would be really hard for me at my age to think i could go out and find another job. Maybe a Wal-Mart greeter i guess.Good luck to any one who is over 50 years old and looking for a new career or just a job to help support a family.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:57 AM
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Congrats. I also work in QC as an inspector in a calibration lab in a large aerospace corp and am glad to see we're not expendable.
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Congrats. I also work in QC as an inspector in a calibration lab in a large aerospace corp and am glad to see we're not expendable.
One of my duties in the past was calibration control for a company I worked for. When I began there they had no QC department and no cal procedures for all their measurement equipment. From DMM's to surface plates to Network Analyzers. It was my duty to create and maintain a calibration schedule for all this equipment and my 1st chore was to find cal labs for the items I couldn't certify. I bought a set of gage blocks so I could cal the small mech. measurement tools like verniers & micrometers and for the items I had to send out I would schedule that during the two one week shut downs we had each year so we could have calibrated equipment on hand at all work days.
I left that company after 12 years (30 mile round trip commute) to accept a job I couldn't refuse in my home town. Worked at my (new) job another 12 years then I got layed off in 2009.
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The lab I work in has about 15 techs, 12 on first shift, 2 on 2nd, and 1 on third. We're responsible for everything from all the precision hand tools, mics, verniers, size blocks etc for over 600 employees to all fixturing, gaging, help tooling and software correlation for 3 big business units. The cal cycles range from 6wks to up to rare 3yrs. We also do info chk's, first piece setup chk's and production assist on parts when gaging or fixturing aren't available. Everything that is new or needs repair or change comes in and out through us. Except for the hand tools, boring, it's pretty interesting engaging work. I kinda fell in here about 8 yrs ago never thinking I'd be an inspector, vocation is electrical/electronics, but I figure it's not a bad place to finish out my career. I had worked in an experimental/ development area, same company, and was layed off back in '03 after 18yrs and was called back 5 months later into a production area which i wasn't fond of then the window for this gig opened in front of me and I jumped through it. Funny how things sometime work out. Good luck in your new endeavor Jay.
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Congratulations!!! That's a tough deal....hope this works out for the remainder of your work time.
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woo hoo! Good luck!
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:33 PM
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Good for you!!!!!!!!! Old Guys Rule The Roost, well at least we think we do :-)
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:53 PM
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The lab I work in has about 15 techs, 12 on first shift, 2 on 2nd, and 1 on third. We're responsible for everything from all the precision hand tools, mics, verniers, size blocks etc for over 600 employees to all fixturing, gaging, help tooling and software correlation for 3 big business units. The cal cycles range from 6wks to up to rare 3yrs. We also do info chk's, first piece setup chk's and production assist on parts when gaging or fixturing aren't available. Everything that is new or needs repair or change comes in and out through us. Except for the hand tools, boring, it's pretty interesting engaging work. I kinda fell in here about 8 yrs ago never thinking I'd be an inspector, vocation is electrical/electronics, but I figure it's not a bad place to finish out my career. I had worked in an experimental/ development area, same company, and was layed off back in '03 after 18yrs and was called back 5 months later into a production area which i wasn't fond of then the window for this gig opened in front of me and I jumped through it. Funny how things sometime work out. Good luck in your new endeavor Jay.
Sounds interesting Keith...Where I covered calibration I was it for all other QC duties from receive inspection to final inspection and also ran the ESS (Environmental Stress Screening) program. That was interesting in its self where we shook,cooked and froze our products. And it also included explosion tests where our product was placed into a jet fueled misted chamber at various simulated altitudes and powered up. If it didn't cause an explosion it passed the test! That one caused my hair to get a little grey! Those items were geared for the military from flying in the F22 Raptor, F117, F16 and for naval applications I can't tell you about.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:38 AM
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Congrats Jay A!

I need to last at least 4 more years with my current employer to have my insurance vested. We just had a system-wide RIF this week though. I'm okay for now but this will be the longest 4 years of my career.

If it doesn't work out can I cary your lunch-box?
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Excellent!
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:13 PM
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That's GREAT news, Jay, and I'm VERY happy for you after all that's been going on and the frustration you must have endured!

Went through a similar thing a number of years ago and it really takes the "fight" out of you.

NOW - get out there and FISH like you MEAN it - and DON'T neglect the wonderful pics that you give us!

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Thanks Bruce! It was a long journey and to tell you the truth I'm getting pretty much tired of being everyone's dog sitter,baby sitter and taxi driver. Don't get me wrong I love helping out when I can and enjoy the time with nieces ,nephews and dogs but at sometime you gotta get out and earn some money! I was lucky growing up with a dad who had a thriving business but I have worked since I was 16 from painting boat bottoms, roofer, tow truck driver, working in my dad's liquor store then 34 years in Quality Control. And in the middle of that for 20 years as a high school football coach.
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