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  • Tuckerfan
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    Not too bad, actually. The heat isn't quite as bad as I thought it would be, and they seem to be pretty impressed with my work.

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  • Shed Machinist
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    How is the job going? Hust thought i would ask.

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  • Tuckerfan
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    Thanks for the advice, guys. My buddy seems to like the place, and he says that the boss there is the best he's ever had. The owner's an animal lover and has cats, dogs, and even a bird (it can't fly because of a bad wing, lives in his desk drawer) in the offices, so that seems to be a good sign to me.

    Even as hot and nasty as the job is, at least it comes with benefits, which none of the temp jobs I've had in the past year have had. And it least it offers me a metal working job to put on a resume, which none of the jobs I've been able to get up until now have had.

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  • cblair
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    I worked in a iron foundry in NC for 2 years and the only reason people quit was to get hired back for more money a month later. Thats what happens in a small town with few opportunities. If you let them know right away that you are interested in working in the pattern shop it might help you out later on. In my experiance however you have to inherite those jobs. I don't know what they are starting you with but most of our new people started out as sand shovelers. If so don't get discouraged, I never saw that job last more than a couple of months. Bring extra cloths and shower and change before you get in your car or else you will reqret it. You should wash your work clothes at the laundry mat not at home, your wife will thank you for it. Good luck and I hope you find something there enjoyable, I liked the people and the job but hated the enviroment.

    Charles

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  • Dave Opincarne
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    Tucker, grow eyes in the back of your head! Especialy when a melt or pour is in progress. Will you be working in the foundry itself or in the cleaning room? Aside from the enviromental hazards the cleaning room is RELATIVLEY safe. If you're around a pour make absolutly certain of whats going to happen and what your job is. Pours are expensive and dangerous. I've heard stories that have kept me up at night. As a patternmaker I don't mind being around them, but you couldn't pay me enough to work in a foundry. As a stepping stone it wouldn't be bad, but make sure you move up and out. Pattern work may be an option if your interested (and there's anyone left to do it ) If you need help figuring out the molding, gating, paterns or cores drop me a line and I'll do my best to help (although be warned that every foundry does things a little differently) If I've got time I'll check back here, but e-mail is best for me now.

    Good luck and grow those extra eyes

    -Dave

    One more thing: I don't want to step on any toes but from my own observation other than the foreman, lead, and a few top guys the people that work in the foundry for any leangth of time without moving up in the operation are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Keep that in mind when they're breaking you in and when your safety depends on them.

    [This message has been edited by Dave Opincarne (edited 08-17-2003).]

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  • chief
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    Tucker,
    BZ,on your new job, do your best I ran into the same thing as bspooh did, just keep charging but make it known loud and clear that your goal is a machining job,
    My brother ended up with carpol tunnel syndrome from grinding castings for years
    they kept promising a step up but in the end it was one excuse after another. The
    same foundry advertised no lay offs in twenty-five years but forgot to mention this was accomplished by reducing hours to
    24 hours a week. good luck
    same foundry

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  • Thrud
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    Brent
    You have reenforced my unfaltering respect for you. You are my kind of hoser, eh!

    [This message has been edited by Thrud (edited 08-16-2003).]

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  • shaque
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    Tucker;
    This old world needs more people like you, keep up the good work and don't worry about what the other guy thinks...Wish I had my time back so I could have done the job I wanted to do instead of worrying about what my peers thought. I'm not complaining, I have had a good life and earned a good living, not rich, just a good living.
    Take care buddy...
    Regards
    Jim

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  • Alistair Hosie
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    Well done many years of happiness to you Tucker. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the job and it leads to your dreams being fulfilled with a machining position later take care buddy. Alistair

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  • bspooh
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    Its tough being on both sides of the fence sometimes...When I first started working at a machine shop, I also was told that I am working too hard and it makes everyone else look bad...What a crock of sh*t...I was teased about brown nosing...I hate that..I worked my butt off to get where i am now, screw all of the other lazy people...Survival of the fittest is what I believe in, and I survived and all of the other people didn't...You have to worry about yourself in life...I never cared about making friends at jobs...I only wanted to do the best that I could do, so I could earn my way up the corporate ladder...I am now finally where I want to be,..at the top...I laugh at all my past fellow co-workers...

    Be true, work hard, take pride in what you do, and give 110% even if you are not getting paid...its called dedication...You gotta respect that...

    brent

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  • Tuckerfan
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by bspooh:
    It appears to me that you would be a dedicated and loyal employee...People like you are hard to find....If you ever would like to move to Salt Lake City, I would hire you...I just laid off and idiot who only put in 50% all of the time..you sound like you would be very dedicated and give 100%....Move here and you will have a job...good work ethically people are hard to find...good luck with your future in metal..

    brent
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    Thanks, bspooh, and as much as I would like to move out West (really would, too, never been there but seen lots of pretty pictures) my finances wouldn't support such an endeavor at this time. However, if I get lucky and win the lottery (of course, I'll have to start playing it first) or my finances improve I'll keep your offer in mind.

    I do know what you mean about having trouble finding people who want to work. I got in trouble at one of my old jobs for working too hard! Nevermind that what I was being paid to do was extremely easy or that I was being paid a good salary for doing what I was doing, people complained that I was working too hard and that I needed to slow down. Drove me nuts!

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  • bspooh
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    It appears to me that you would be a dedicated and loyal employee...People like you are hard to find....If you ever would like to move to Salt Lake City, I would hire you...I just laid off and idiot who only put in 50% all of the time..you sound like you would be very dedicated and give 100%....Move here and you will have a job...good work ethically people are hard to find...good luck with your future in metal..

    brent

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  • Al Messer
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    Very good!! Keep your eyes open and learn all you can and by all means, be SAFE!!

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  • Tuckerfan
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Al Messer:
    Goodlettsville?</font>
    Gallatin. Precision Casting of Tennessee.


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  • Al Messer
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    Goodlettsville?

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