What jobs have you been employed at?

GeorgiaXplant

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Location
Georgia
Lots and lots of various and sundry things...this thread was started long ago and although I haven't checked must surely have posted about them.

Since I retired the last time...maybe four years ago?...I got more and more bored. Y'all have heard about the labor shortage so what did I do? I applied at a locally-owned fast-food place that serves mostly breakfast and caters to mostly older folks. Yup. That's what I did. I merely mentioned it to the person at the drive-thru window one day when I was sitting in the passenger seat while DD picked up breakfast.

Much to my surprise, the clerk called the manager over who asked if I'd be willing to be the biscuit maker, a job that starts at 4am. Oh, hell to the yes! (For those of you not in the US, our biscuits aren't cookies 😊 ). That's an almost obscene hour to be anywhere except snuggled up in bed🛏️. Have you any idea what it's like to get up at 3am in order to be awake and working at 4am?

So, I became the biscuit lady Thursday/Friday/Saturday mornings at 4am. It's hard work mixing and kneading and rolling and cutting out hundreds of biscuits, but gosh! I love it. On Thursdays and Fridays, I'm home by 10:30. Saturdays are a horse of a different color and w're busy, busy, busy. Just a wild guess, but there are probably close to a thousand biscuits made. I'm not home until between 12 and 1.

I like having a place to go and something to do and people to talk to. I especially like payday🤑

Considering the jobs I've had since I started working at 14, from carhop to file clerk then through the ranks all the way up to the C Suite in Germany, then head housekeeper at a hotel, then owning my own cleaning service, this is a very different kind of "career" move.

At 80, I've started a new career. LOL
 

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squatting dog

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No particular order:
Carpenter's helper, pump jockey, factory worker (hated that), soldier (killer... hated that also), dairy farmer (short time), mechanic, Granite quarry worker, logger (mostly pulp wood), owned a service station and sold used cars, heavy equipment operator, Maintenance foreman at a cement plant,
 

Murrmurr

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No particular order:
Carpenter's helper, pump jockey, factory worker (hated that), soldier (killer... hated that also), dairy farmer (short time), mechanic, Granite quarry worker, logger (mostly pulp wood), owned a service station and sold used cars, heavy equipment operator, Maintenance foreman at a cement plant,
My list has a lot in common with yours, Squatter; (not in order) dairy worker, tailor's assistant, gas station attendant, bus driver, locksmith, heavy eqip operator, produce man, store clerk/cashier/part-owner, millwright (lumber), licensed foster home (current).

Oh, and I worked as an underwater Search & Recovery team member off and on for a couple decades with various agencies.
 

squatting dog

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My list has a lot in common with yours, Squatter; (not in order) dairy worker, tailor's assistant, gas station attendant, bus driver, locksmith, heavy eqip operator, produce man, store clerk/cashier/part-owner, millwright (lumber), licensed foster home (current).

Oh, and I worked as an underwater Search & Recovery team member off and on for a couple decades with various agencies.
Never worked with the underwater recovery team, but, I did build the underwater stretcher needed to pluck the bodies (or what was left of them), from the turbine entrances in the All American Canal. Not a pretty site. Migrants didn't understand how swift the current was in those canal's. :(
 

Murrmurr

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Never worked with the underwater recovery team, but, I did build the underwater stretcher needed to pluck the bodies (or what was left of them), from the turbine entrances in the All American Canal. Not a pretty site. Migrants didn't understand how swift the current was in those canal's. :(
Yeah, body recovery was a really tough one sometimes.
 

Murrmurr

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Never worked with the underwater recovery team, but, I did build the underwater stretcher needed to pluck the bodies (or what was left of them), from the turbine entrances in the All American Canal. Not a pretty site. Migrants didn't understand how swift the current was in those canal's. :(
I'm interested in this stretcher. Bodies that have been under for quite some time are difficult to move without something sloughing off or actually falling off, so we'd basically secure them and a different team had to come to where we were and bag them as well as they could.

What was the stretcher like?
 

squatting dog

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I'm interested in this stretcher. Bodies that have been under for quite some time are difficult to move without something sloughing off or actually falling off, so we'd basically secure them and a different team had to come to where we were and bag them as well as they could.

What was the stretcher like?
Small aluminum tube frame with a real fine mesh basket that was almost, but not quite as fine as most screens. Even then, when retrieving those bodies, they didn't always come out in one piece. (shudder).
 

Purwell

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Location
North Herts (UK)
Grocery delivery boy.
Paper boy.
Cattle Market assistant.
Engineering Apprentice.
Design Draughtsman, special purpose machinery and mechanical handling.
Building Services Technician.
Handyman.
 

Irwin

Senior Member
Grocery delivery boy.
Paper boy.
Cattle Market assistant.
Engineering Apprentice.
Design Draughtsman, special purpose machinery and mechanical handling.
Building Services Technician.
Handyman.
I was a design draftsman for a few years in the late '80s and early '90s. I kind of liked it when we did everything by hand. It was almost an art. Computers took the fun out of it. I used to design underground mining equipment. I worked for a small company and the draftsmen did a lot of design work.
 

Purwell

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Location
North Herts (UK)
Early CAD systems were hard work and a lot of very experienced draughtsmen took early retirement rather than try to learn them.
I was too young to do that so reluctantly went on some courses to learn the systems and grew to like using the computer.
Unfortunately a lot of employers seemed to think the computers did all the work, not realising that you still had to be a trained engineer to design machinery.
We got more and more clever youngsters who could use CAD but were not true engineers. Eventually in the UK we just stopped making anything and our medium engineering industry died a death.
 

Paco Dennis

Senior Member
Location
Mid-Missouri
Cooking doughnuts at a franchise
performing music
pumping gas
laborer
power wash truck operator
moving co. warehouse foreman
delivering books and magazines
building custom cabinets
kitchen counter top shop
installing kitchens
carpenter ( non-union )
home repair and painting
house cleaner
 

Patch

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High school... farm work at home and for neighboring farmers.
10 years in tire and auto mechanic shops.
6 years as construction superintendent, mainly in utility (sewer and water) work.
8 years as Project Manager and Equipment Manager for utility contractor.
10 years in design, application, and marketing of water/wastewater process and pumping equipment. During this time taught continuing education classes for water/wastewater operators.
15 years in Construction Engineering. On site engineer for large water/wastewater treatment plants and pumping facilities over a 4 state area. Ended up owning part of the consulting firm I worked with by the time I retired.
Retired at age 70. Then was a substitute teacher at a trade school for about a year. Taught students in the concrete, carpentry, and plumbing classes.
"Fully" retired, on the Board of Directors at one of our local golf courses. Take care of their water systems. Played 238 18-hole rounds of golf in 2020. May not be able to top that in 2021, but will come close.
 

chrislind2

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Location
Western Oregon
1964: Shell service station, 14 years old, cleaned inside of cars having their oil changed.

Sawmill, started on green chain, eventually moved up to forklift truck driver, 11 years there.

Video game company, did a little bit of everything, moving games, repairing games, collecting money from games.
Escaped from there, I mean retired from this company 3 months ago. Was there for 40 years and 8 months.
 


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