New job, new stuff to learn.

I have changed jobs a few times over the last 16 years since I started
posting to Newsgroups in 1996.
That was just before I started as a welding instructor at South Seattle
Community College. I was transitioning out of the Stagehands Union
where I built Opera, Ballet, Theatre, TV and Movies.
I taught at SSCC from Fall of 1997 to Summer of 2006 (~9 years).
At that time I was doing architectural metal fab during the day and
teaching at night.
In 2005 I started teaching at the Divers Institute of Technology.
For 9 months I taught at both, but it was too exhausting to teach days
and nights.
I took the job at DIT so I could get away from contracting and build a
welder training program from nothing.
I got to learn all about the commercial marine industry, above and
below the surface.
I was at DIT until last year. I left on my schedule and left a fully
functioning weld training program for the next guy.
After leaving DIT I spent a month building a reverse osmosis water
purifier for the American Seafoods Ship "Triumph" for a company called
Alfatec, and spent the last week on the ship pretending to be a
A really interesting and lucrative job involving 192 TIG pipe welds
primarily on 3" sch.80 316SS pipe, a little bit of 8" sch.80 steel, and
some 4" copper/nickel.
All open root full penetration, back purged.
The shop welding was interesting, but the work on the ship was too
exhausting for these old bones.
I then spent a month teaching an intro to manufacturing course to
Aerospace Apprentices. Fun, but not a long term job.
At the end of that teaching gig I was offered a job at M9 Defense.
An odd little Defense Contractor that makes 3D aerospace composites
using huge hydraulic hydro-forming presses.
I spent a year there learning lots of new stuff about urethanes,
silicones, epoxies, fiberglass, Dynema, kevlar, and other ballistic
materials. I made really good money, but it was an extremely stressful
place to work.
I left M9 in mid July, and was happy to go on unemployment for a few
weeks to have a breather.
Last week I took a new job.
I am now a Welding Inspector for Otto Rosenau and Associates, in
I have been a Certified Weld Inspector since 2005, but I have always
been on the education side certifying welders. Now I am on the other
side of the fence. Today was my first shop inspection, and it felt a
bit weird to walk into another guy's shop and know that I can make him
re-weld a part if it doesn't match the signed drawings.
This is my new world, and it looks fascinating.
Plus now I get to play with Ultrasound and Magnetic Particle
Reply to
Ernie Leimkuhler
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'Way to go! Keeping work interesting is the most important part. I always say that there's nothing worse than a job that you don't like. It's like being in prison (I suppose). Bob
Reply to
Bob Engelhardt
Thanks for the update Ernie!
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Winston wrote in news:
So Ernie, can't hold a job? ;)
Seriously, you've been an great inspiration to me and I would guess many other here. What better teacher than one who is always a student. Change is good for the soul. Done it several times too. Loved the jobs that I had, and the ones I left them for even more.
Many of your explainations on techniques and materials are printed out and in our shop's 3-ring welding info binder. (You are always credited!)
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Ken Moffett
Ernie, you are the best and a great asset to any employer.
I spent an hour stick welding today.
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Ernie - I'm learning UT now. Bit absorbing... Realised how useful it would be when saw what a twist people were getting into with UT. Practicing all day with a Krautkramer USK6 (classic analogue set) on loan, realised why need the "A4" double-quadrant block...? Have I got this right? It's for when "skipping" with a low-angle shear probe - eg. 70degrees- on thicker metal, when could need to calibrate the timebase to say 300mm (12inches) or more? The "A4" reverberates (echoes) the pulse efficiently many times and enables you to calibrate the timebase accurately over a long distance many times the overall dimensions of the "A4" block??? (Given you can only get three echoes max (?) on the "A2" block with its single quadrant on the end of a cuboid block)
OK - I confess - I am still on the learning the calibration and overall basic "what it does" of a UT set...
Richard S.
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Richard Smith
The machines we had at the Divers Institute where the size of a small Microwave Oven. The machines I trained on 6 years ago, at Hellier in Anaheim, were the size of a kleenex box.
The units the inspectors use where I am working now are the size of a GPS unit for a car or 1 inch x 3 inch x 5 inch. Simply amazing how fast these things are shrinking. I can see eventually having an App on your smartphone and a bluetooth transducer.
I find it all fascinating.
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Ernie Leimkuhler

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