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Where are the Mechanics?

Discussion in 'Personnel' started by glsahl, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    As I started as a Mechanic thought hard about skipping the HE, was back breaking usually filthy and outdoors where no elements protection save what you carried, set up many tarp shops.

    Got a gig with FELD Truck Rental in STL back in the day. Clean, dry most of the time, nice newer rental fleet. Worked in the shop at 7th and Russell for almost a year got promoted to second shift foreman due to a retirement. Stayed there a couple years was feeling the itch to move along and the owner asked if a few of us could work on a company wide Fleet Control road call breakdown system. Sounded as a challenge so took it. Mentally draining, 24/7 office open hours where we had done it on a call in basis for the local district before went to full company coverage. Did NOT give up the extra money work where the odd hours did lend to working a second then additional jobs,

    End of three years burnt out, moved back to shops, company was taken over by GELCO Corp, I was already working side jobs with my own shop in St. Peters MO. Was starting to take its toll, too many hours too little sleep, beat up breaking down physically. Now I reap the benefits of those years, tired, sore all the time, still have some stored crap in my head pops out when needed. Moving to the Nuke was not so much the better but retirement pension, insurance, other plusses while still afforded time to work other stuff.
     
  2. John C.

    John C. Senior Member

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    I got a job at the IH dealer a few months after finishing service in the US Navy. Spent three and half years there and got laid off in the timber industry bust in the early eighties. Did five years at a coal mine working on really old stuff. Was the most satisfying place to work. Did three years or so at a larger coal mine with almost all new stuff. Worst work experience I've ever had. Did five years at the Komatsu dealership both as a field and shop wrench. Moved on to a small shop for a few months and then to service manager job at the Link-Belt dealership. That was another not so fun place to work so went out on my own wrenching and appraising for about ten years. Local Cat used manager was a friend and he asked me to come work for him for a bit to rebuild their process for appraisal. Kind of got stuck there for twelve years. Last year they put a new manager in place who was an ego with no intelligence so now I'm back doing my own thing. I don't pull wrenches anymore but do work with some people on troubleshooting at times but most of my work now is appraising.

    I've always seen lots of different jobs as a rounding process that makes a person more valuable. The trick as an employer is to get as much transfer of wisdom out of those of us who are true journeymen before we move on. The mistake dumb employers make is believing that someone has to stay somewhere as there are no other options.
     
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  3. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    My last hurrah at the Nuke, was out on sick leave, had two implants placed in C5/6 and C6/7 in my neck, to replace what had eroded to nothing making my arms, hands and much of my shoulder ache or go to sleep. Surgery successful, was in recovery mode doing my exercises, seeing PT techs twice weekly, behaving myself when out of the blue my immediate manager calls, says I am being forced back into plant for light duty. Explained the situation, PT, still on antibiotics, unable to tilt head back for at least another month, he said "I do not care, you just report back to the Medical Review Officer and get requalified to start walking down jobs and workman's protection and I would have to take vacation for the PT appointments". Stated Doc had not and was not going to release me for at least a month, he stated again "I do not care. you have your notice". I sat back a moment, got REALLY ANGRY, stated flatly he needed to do something for me as I was NOT jeopardizing what had just been repaired, told him place me on vacation until that runs out then I will retire, I am NOT going to chance screwing up my health to prove the company is wrong.

    Silence on the other end, he stammered a moment then said OK. I was on the phone to HR next few minutes and set up the retire date then went back to what I had been doing. The plant is obscene as to lack of experienced workers, they blame US for leaving not their ignorant attitude as I explained to another HR tech I am friends with, I would have probably stayed another year AND been back in around a month until that fateful phone call. They evidently did that to several other employees, and now they are ALL retired with the plant in a serious personnel bind, idiots. Proved out cannot fix stupid.
     
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  4. thepumpguysc

    thepumpguysc Senior Member

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    I remember THOSE DAYS John.. oh what fun.!!
    It was NOTHING to pack up & move from state to state.. following "the money"..
    Throw the stereo in the car, gotta take the stereo cuz that was the most expensive thing we owned at the time.. lol.. am I right fellas?? A trunk FULL of clothes & "maybe " some kitchen items & GONE..
    2-3 years usta be MY MAX at any one place..
    I went from SC to Tenn, back to SC, then to GA, then to FLA, back to SC, then back to GA & then back to SC .. I used to LOVE runnin the roads.. you cant get me to go to the store, now adays..Lol
     
  5. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    My trek was KY, MO, KS, MO, IL, UT, CA, MO, OK, IL, MO, IL and back to MO!!! All over 24 years until that last move!! Shortest at any one place three weeks, longest was the last two at 22 years. Got really experienced at packing!!
     
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