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Posted on Do you love your (non woodworking) day job?

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#1 posted 02-17-2008 03:00 PM

I love my day job. It is stressful because it is challenging but I tend to try to overachive so it suits me well. I am a Senior Program Manager for a company that makes x-ray scanning security equipment. So basically we get an order and I am the one that manages the customer, contracts, engineering, manufacturing, quality, shipment, construction, installation, acceptance, training, and oh yeah I have to do it on buget and on time. Couple that with 5 other programs that are each in the 8 figure range, and it is amazing it all goes as smooth as it does.

But that is not the reason I love it…..The equipment we make is security equipment. It goes into Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, US Borders, US cargo ports, and places all over the world. This equipment is different than any other x-ray scanning equipment in that the doses are so low (1 scan = you sitting at your desk for 10 minutes…x-rays from the sun) and the equipment specializes in finding organics. Organics translated means it finds drugs, explosives, people, money, animals, cigarrettes, and other things you want to see. We scan luggage at the airport and give the operators a totally different view than any other company. We scan people at the airport that do not want to be patted down. We scan cars and trucks at border crossings. We scan cars and trucks exiting ports, entering military bases, airports, and parking garages. Normally we do not hear about things that are found due to security concerns, but about once a month or so we do and it makes everything worth while.

I am a mechanical design engineer by trade. I have evolved away from MDE and woodworking is a way for me to get back to my roots. I also find that when your fingers are close to things that could cut them off, you tend to be totally focused on what you are doing and not worrying about the presentation you should be working on.


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